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Perhaps the theme of this week's newsletter is best resumed in the title of this article: "From Chaos to Order: Planning a New Life with New Habits". While that particular article deals with addiction, we start with Joyce Vissell sharing personal experiences and perspectives on the chaos of natural disasters that were transformed to order with "The Power of Showing Up and Helping". We follow that with Anne Mojanoff reflecting on The Challenge Of Being The Caregiver and dealing with the chaos of cancer and cancer treatment.
Alan Cohen writes: "When an event sobers us, it dashes cold water on our face to extricate us from the drunkenness of the meaningless activities we often engage in." He shines light on the fact that our lives are often chaotic due to the daily "addictions" or addictive behaviors that plague us in "Getting Sober and Remembering What Is Real".
Rachel Harris, psychologist and author of the book "Listening to Ayahuasca: New Hope for Depression, Addiction, PTSD, and Anxiety" walks us through the stages and benefits of a journey with Grandmother Ayahuasca which can help bring our life from the chaos of emotional pain to being in harmony with our own self and with our past in "Ayahuasca and The Need to Feel Loved and Accepted".
We also bring you many articles on a variety of topics such as "chunking", coffee, color, climate change, and more, as well as a few more articles dealing with various forms of addiction. The first step in dealing with any type of addictive behavior is admitting we have a problem... Hopefully this week's articles can help us all identify where we are stuck in repetitive patterns, lead the way to develop new behaviors and habits, and assist us to move on to create a better life for ourselves and a better world for all.
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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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Joyce Vissell
I was listening to a news reporter in Texas listing all of the destruction, and then he started talking about all of the volunteers who have showed up to help, and he started to cry. Through tears, he said that he has never seen humanity show up in such beautiful ways to be of service and help others in need.
To continue reading article, click on title: The Power of Showing Up and Helping
Written by Anne Morjanoff
Almost in disbelief we were confronted by Barry’s diagnosis of throat and thyroid cancer, which within weeks lead to many medical consultations, pathology tests, ultrasounds and on to surgery. As his partner and then caregiver, the challenge of supporting him through that journey was daunting.
To continue reading article, click on title: The Challenge Of Being The Caregiver
Written by Alan Cohen
When an event sobers us, it dashes cold water on our face to extricate us from the drunkenness of the meaningless activities we often engage in. We are awakened from the addictive behaviors we use to distract ourselves from our pain.
To continue reading article, click on title: Getting Sober and Remembering What Is Real
Written by Walter Ling, MD
When a habit forms, it indicates that the experience has been repeated a lot. When we call addictive behaviors “habits,” we mean the addict is doing drugs and engaging in drug-related activities so much, often to the exclusion of virtually everything else, that they become automatic.
To continue reading article, click on title: From Chaos to Order: Planning a New Life with New Habits
Written by Rachel Harris, PhD
In ayahuasca ceremonies, people sometimes view visionary home movies of their childhood while maintaining an outside observer’s perspective. At other times, they relive a childhood event as if it were happening in the ceremonial moment; they regress in age to the time of the scene. Either way, ceremonies often open up deep feelings of wanting to be accepted and loved.
To continue reading article, click on title: Ayahuasca and The Need to Feel Loved and Accepted
Bill Moyers Interviews Robert Jay Lifton
Robert Jay Lifton was born 91 years ago. Living through the catastrophes of the 20th century — world war, tyrannical…
To continue reading article, click on title: Why Americans Are Embracing Climate Change Realities
by Yasmin Anwar-UC Berkeley
Fox squirrels are a lot more organized than we thought—storing their stashes of nuts by variety, quality, and possibly…
To continue reading article, click on title: Squirrels, Like Humans, Use Chunking To Organize Their Nuts
by Luke Walton- University Of Warwick
Researchers have discovered brain cells that control our appetite. This major discovery opens up new possibilities for creating more effective diets—and even future treatments to suppress one’s appetite by directly activating the brain’s tanycytes, bypassing food and the digestive system.
To continue reading article, click on title: Here’s How Your Brain Realizes You’re Full
by Duane Mellor, Coventry University
Why do onions actually make us cry? And why do only some onions make us blub in this way when others, including related…
To continue reading article, click on title: Why Some Onions Make Us Cry And Some Don't
by David Choffnes, Northeastern University
As the Federal Communications Commission takes up the issue of whether to reverse the Obama-era Open Internet Order, a…
To continue reading article, click on title: Why The FCC's Proposed Internet Rules May Spell Trouble Ahead
by Patrick Sison/AP Mike Robinson, Wesleyan University
Why do they do it? This is a question that friends and families often ask of those who are addicted. It’s difficult to…
To continue reading article, click on title: The Real Reason Some People Become Addicted To Drugs
by Keith Randall-Texas A&M University
Researchers have found at least eight occurrences of iron penetrating the Pacific Ocean, with each occurrence likely…
To continue reading article, click on title: Why Iron Added Naturally In The Pacific Ocean May Have Slowed Climate Change
by John Bradshaw, University of Bristol
It is often assumed that pets are a Western affectation, a weird relic of the working animals kept by communities of the past.
To continue reading article, click on title: Why Some People Love Animals And Others Couldn't Care Less
by Siddharth Narayan and Michael Beck, University of California, Santa Cruz
A 12-year “hurricane drought” during which no major hurricanes formed in the Atlantic ended dramatically in 2017. The…
To continue reading article, click on title: Study Shows Wetlands Can Significantly Reduce Property Damage
by Michael Freeman
Many of us would have seen, if not tried, various products claiming to clean the dirt out of our pores. From scrubs to…
To continue reading article, click on title: Do We Have To Really Clean Out Our Pores?
by Simon Tormey, University of Sydney
It is impossible to follow the news without catching reference to the rise of populism. A once little-used term that…
To continue reading article, click on title: Is Populism Democracy’s Deadly Cure?
by Christopher H. Hendon, University of Oregon
Coffee is unique among artisanal beverages in that the brewer plays a significant role in its quality at the point of consumption.
To continue reading article, click on title: Brewing A Great Cup Of Coffee Depends On Chemistry And Physics
by R. Kelly Garrett, The Ohio State University
Have you ever thought to yourself, “I’ll bet that’s true,” before you had all the facts? Most people probably have at…
To continue reading article, click on title: Should We Worry That Half Of Americans Trust Their Gut To Tell Them What's True?
by Karla Zadnik and Don Mutti, The Ohio State University
The ready availability of technology may make the children of today faster at configuring a new smartphone, but does…
To continue reading article, click on title: Why Your Kids Might Be Able To See Better If They Play Outdoors
by Chari Larsson, Griffith University
The Ecstasy of St Teresa of Avila (1647-52) by 17th-century Italian sculptor Gian Lorenzo Bernini is one of the most…
To continue reading article, click on title: Sex And Spirit: The Many Faces Of Ecstasy
by Christian Yates, University of Bath
It should come as no surprise that the first recorded use of the number zero, recently discovered to be made as early…
To continue reading article, click on title: 5 Ways Ancient India Changed The World With Math
by Geoff Beattie, Edge Hill University
A great deal has been written over the years about the effects of color on human psychology, and this has been carried…
To continue reading article, click on title: Subtle Psychological Ways Color Affects Us
by Stuart W. Flint, Leeds Beckett University and James Nobles, Leeds Beckett University
Despite an abundance of evidence illustrating that weight gain is caused by a complex cocktail of factors, obesity is…
To continue reading article, click on title: Obesity Is About Much More Than An Unhealthy Lifestyle
by Jaco J. Hamman, Vanderbilt University
Apple recently announced the launch of its iPhone 8 and iPhone X, which come with sleek, new features. Apple also hopes…
To continue reading article, click on title: 3 Reasons Why We Are Addicted To Smartphones
by Sarah Varcas
2017 is a year of surprises and unexpected twists and turns, ego battles, spiritual stand-offs and defining moments in the shaping of this evolutionary time. Just as we feel we’ve found our way, a new possibility rears its intriguing head and we are once again in a maelstrom of change.
To continue reading article, click on title: The Prevalent Energy for 2017: Jupiter in Libra Opposing Uranus & Eris in Aries
by Anthony Hussenot, Université Nice Sophia Antipolis
Today, freelancers represent 35% of the United States workforce. In the European Union, the rate is 16.1%. Both figures…
To continue reading article, click on title: Is Freelancing The Future Of Employment?
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.
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