InnerSelf Newsletter: April 23rd, 2017

InnerSelf Newsletter: April 23rd, 2017

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week, as we are still in the reflective energy of Mercury retrograde, we look upon the past and discover how it has led us into our future. Nora Caron shares a story about "How My Tree-Planting Mother Turned Her Vision Into Reality", while Barbara Jaffe asks "Twenty Years From Now . . .?"  A new author to InnerSelf, Erin Nichole Johnson shares her thoughts in "Why I Wouldn't Change My Life After An Emotionally Abusive Childhood". Matthew McKay shares his personal journey "On The Train To Find The Son I Lost".

Our day-to-day actions affect the future we create for ourselves, no matter what our past was, and Vishnu Swami guides us in that daily experience in "How To Practice Spiritual Surrender and Integrate Your Purpose In Every Moment". Paulo Coelho shares a story that sheds light on our continually striving for something that we already have in "The Fisherman and the Business Man". And Robert Jennings reflects on "Innovation In The Age Of Amazon, Walmart, IBM and Ayn Rand".

The aforementioned articles are the Editor's Choices of the week, however, we have in total 55 new articles for you to enjoy. Scroll down below to the "Additional Articles" section for articles on a great variety of topics from asthma and ADHD, to binge TV, cheese, cats, climate, dementia, and on to indoor gardens, justice, kids, research, shoelaces, taxes, and much much more.

Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week.

Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"

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How My Tree-Planting Mother Turned Her Vision Into Reality

Written by Nora Caron.

How My Tree-Planting Mother Turned Her Vision Into Reality

When I was ten years old and attending an elementary school called Mountainview School, my mother decided to have a little chat with my school director about the lack of trees on the school property. She argued that although the view of the mountain was lovely, the boring grassy lawn was not.

Read article here: How My Tree-Planting Mother Turned Her Vision Into Reality

Twenty Years From Now . . .?

Written by Barbara Jaffe, Ed.D.

Twenty Years From Now . . .?

In my younger years, I focused on unimportant issues, punctuated by worry and anxiety. My perfectionist attitude and fear of making mistakes forced me to assure everything was in order, often making unimportant events a priority, for I was concerned about how my life looked to others. I am not proud of my focus, but it is the truth.

Read article here: Twenty Years From Now . . .?

Is It Possible To Fit in Time to Meditate Around Family?

Written by Nigel Wellings.

Is It Possible To Fit in Time to Meditate Around Family?

For many of us, family competes for our meditation time. This is perhaps one of our greatest struggles: how can we find time for ourselves without taking it from them?

Read article here: Is It Possible To Fit in Time to Meditate Around Family?

Why I Wouldn't Change My Life After An Emotionally Abusive Childhood

Written by Erin Nichole Johnson.

Why I Wouldn't Change My Life After An Emotionally Abusive Childhood

I’ve spent my life hiding my scars. I cope so well that no one, not even my husband knew the extent of what I deal with on a daily basis. Therapy has revealed my deepest hurts, brought them to the surface, and forced me to experience the pain I’ve been hiding so deeply in order to finally release it.

Read article here: Why I Wouldn't Change My Life After An Emotionally Abusive Childhood

On The Train To Find The Son I Lost

Written by Matthew McKay, PhD.

On The Train To Find The Son I Lost

We are on our way to Chicago to meet a man who has found a way for the living and the dead to talk. He knows how to induce a state in which those who grieve can hear directly from the ones they have lost. I don’t fully believe, but it’s all I have.

Read article here: On The Train To Find The Son I Lost

How To Practice Spiritual Surrender and Integrate Your Purpose In Every Moment

Written by Vishnu Swami.

How To Practice Spiritual Surrender and Integration of Your Purpose In Every Moment

Spiritual wisdom is not simply meant to be philosophy, some ambiguous jargon, or blank promises. It is meant to be relished, and used practically in every action and in every millisecond of life.

Read article here: How To Practice Spiritual Surrender and Integrate Your Purpose In Every Moment

The Fisherman and the Business Man

Written by Paulo Coelho.

The Fisherman and the Business Man

There was once a businessman who was sitting by the beach in a small Brazilian village. As he sat, he saw a Brazilian fisherman rowing a small boat towards the shore having caught quite few big fish. The businessman was impressed...

Read article here: The Fisherman and the Business Man

Innovation In The Age Of Amazon, Walmart, IBM and Ayn Rand

Written by Robert Jennings,

Rambling Past Amazon, Walmart, IBM and Ayn Rand

When comparing notes with a neighbor I stated we are ordering more and more from Amazon. She on the other hand ordered from Walmart.

Read article here: Innovation In The Age Of Amazon, Walmart, IBM and Ayn Rand

Astrological Journal for the Week

Pam YounghansWritten by Pam Younghans

This weekly column (updated every Sunday afternoon) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies... Read more

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights. 


* 4 Reasons Why The Plan To Strip The IRS Is Incredibly Dumb

* 19th-century Fake News Reporter Teaches Us Why We Fall For It Today

* Aflatoxin Is A Cancer Causing Mold That Turns Up Also In Sunflower Seeds

* Are We Reversing The Little Progress We've Made On Environmental Justice?

* Compound In Aged Cheese Might Spare Our Livers?

* Congestion Taxes On Downtown Driving Cuts Kids’ Asthma Attacks

* Dirt Free Indoor Garden Grows A Year Of Weekly Salads

* Do Drugs Like Remifemin Ease Hot Flushes And Night Sweats In Menopausal Women?

* Here’s How to Protect Your Privacy From Your Internet Service Provider

* How Climate Predictions And Climate Reality Is Starting To Converge

* How Farmers Can Profit Economically And Politically By Addressing Climate Change

* How Innovation Can Fight Off Inequality

* How 30 Opioid Pills For Surgery Turn Into A Habit

* How The People Made America Great And Can Do So Again

* How To Get The Most Out Of Drinking Tea

* How Will We Protect Nuclear Safety In This Anti-regulatory Climate?

* Innovating, Creative Superpowers of ADHD

* New Research Suggests That Sugar Is Making Your Brain Age Faster?

* New Study Shows A Quick Round Of Steroids May Bring Big Health Risks

* New Study Suggests Health Benefits Of Cycling To Work Are Staggering

* Pros And Cons Of Binge Watching TV

* Providing Sustainable Energy Worldwide Isn’t Just About Gadgets And Dollars

* Research Suggests Aggression Linked To Media Violence Is The Same In 7 Cultures

* Thatcher, Reagan And Robin Hood: A History Of Modern Wealth Inequality

* To Eat Healthy, Save Money And Fight Climate Change, Try One Of These Diets?

* We Are Starting To Uncover The Scientific Basis For Hypnosis

* What Netflix Can Teach Us About Treating Cancer

* While Canada Embraces Net Neutrality, The US Is Set To Gut

* Why Your Shoelaces Are Always Coming Untied

* Who Are The Coptic Christians?

* Who Feels The Pain Of Science Research Budget Cuts?

* Why Addressing Loneliness In Children Can Prevent A Lifetime Of Loneliness In Adults

* Why Americans Have Chosen To Pay Income Tax

* Why Are We Dragging Our Feet With Health Care Automation?

* Why Can't Cats Resist Thinking Inside The Box?

* Why Children Should Be Involved In Healthcare Decisions

* Why Mindfulness May Not Work As Well For Men

* Why Our Eyes Give Away What We’re Feeling Inside

* Why Restoring Soil Fertility Is One Of Humanity’s Best Options For Making Progress On Climate Change

* Why Terms Like Shred, Burn And Melt Belong In The Kitchen, Not The Gym

* Why We Also Need To Reduce The Amount Of Carbon In The Atmosphere

* Why We Are Wired To Produce False Memories

* Why We Should Be Using Carbon Capture For Other Industries Than Clean Coal

* Why You May Be Paying More Income Tax Than You Should

* Will Budget Cuts Inspire More DIY Foreign Aid?

* You Can't Rely On Fish Oil Supplements In Pregnancy To Make Your Children Smarter

* Your City Could Be The One Exporting Deadly Air Pollution

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. Rather than wait for the newsletter, you can visit each section according to your interests throughout the week. Each section listed below is designed as its own "mini-website".

The "Living in Harmony" section includes articles on Health & Well-Being, Home & Garden, Pets, Leisure & Creativity, Finance & Careers, and Science and Technology.

The "Personal Development" area covers Attitude Adjustments (which includes Fear, Anger, Gratitude, Forgiveness), Relationships & Parenting, Spirituality & Mindfulness (including Meditation), Intuition & Awareness (including astrology), and Happiness & Success.

"Social & Political" covers topics that affect us personally yet deal with a more "societal" or "political" sphere. This area covers Environment & Climate, Democracy, Justice, Inequality, Economy, and more. These topics are very relevant for our communal journey on Planet Earth.


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