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While New Year's day may be "just another day", it also has a special energy because of the symbolism of "starting anew". Many people choose to "turn a new leaf" on January 1st, deciding to leave behind some of their old ways, and embarking on new paths. All of this can help make it a powerful day and a powerful time. Plus, this year, January 1st is also a Full Moon giving all of our dreams and visions more "oomph".
This week we share with you some articles that deal with setting intentions (rather than resolutions), creating your vision, discovering who you are and what you really want... And of course numerous articles on a variety of topics as well. Scroll down below for the titles and links.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving year. May you make all the dreams of your heart come true.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.
It’s not trite to set New Year's intentions, especially if they make your life brighter. Set some intentions and goals for the coming year. The idea is to shift your attention away from your shortcomings, bad decisions and behaviors, and just focus on making yourself, your best self.
Article continued here: Making Your New Year Bright
Written by Karen Casey
Don’t let the past define the present. This is such an obvious idea that when I first encountered it my reaction was, “Of course! That’s not new information.” And then I promptly fell back into my normal way of seeing life that was through the lens of the past. I did this so unconsciously that I honestly didn’t see how powerful my attachment to the past had become over the years.
Article continued here: Don’t Let The Past Define The Present
Written by Will Wilkinson
Notice how much time you devote to worrying about a problem vs. how much time you devote to developing a vision for the solution. I’m referring to your inner dialogue, the thoughts that stream constantly in that conversation you have with yourself.
Article continued here: You Have Problems? And... What Is Your Vision?
Written by Hilary Smith
Throughout most of human history, there was no such thing as a psychiatrist or a refill of Ativan—and humans developed a thousand different ways of working with mental and emotional distress, many of which are just as effective today as they were in 612 BC.
Article continues here: Herbs, Wilderness Time, And Other Ways To Help Yourself
Written by Georgina Cannon
What do you really, really want in your life right now? Here’s a way to find out when you’re not sure...
Article continued here: How To Find Out What You Really, Really Want In Life
Written by Marie D. Jones
Being asked by someone what we believe our “identity” is can be difficult. Whenever this author hears a police officer on a television show yell out, “Identify yourself, please!” she has to laugh. Should the person respond with “I’m a single woman in her 40s who owns six cats and brews my own beer in my spare time”? Or perhaps, “I’m a Leo, and I love to jet ski and eat junk food”?
Article continued here: Who Are You? Identify Yourself, Please!
by Sara S. Moore, Ensia
To maintain our capacity to address climate change, we need to recognize and address the trauma it creates.
Article continued here: What To Do When You're Suffering From Climate Trauma
by Trevor George, King's College London
Brussels sprouts, like their European namesake, divide opinion. Some people embrace the flavour and familiarity of the small green vegetable. To others, they are an object of derision and disgust.
Article continued here: The Scientific Defense Of The Brussels Sprout
by Leah Ruppanner, University of Melbourne; et al
The 2018 elections promise to be the “Year of the Woman,” with more women planning to step into local, state and…
Article continued here: What Determines If Women Will Vote For Women In 2018?
by Rishi Caleyachetty, University of Birmingham
Our latest study shows that if you’re obese but metabolically healthy (so-called “fat but fit”), you are still at a…
Article continued here: New Evidence Shows That Healthy Obesity Is A Myth
by Zena Kamash, Lecturer in Roman Art and Archaeology, Royal Holloway
True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The…
Article continued here: How The Ancients Invented The Modern World
by Chris Chipello-McGill University
Young zebra finches are intrinsically biased to learn certain patterns of sound over others—and these patterns mirror the ones humans use, experiments show.
Article continued here: Songbirds May Have A Universal Grammar and Sound Patterns
by Michele Berger-Penn
Kids who eat fish at least once a week sleep better and have IQ scores that are 4 points higher, on average, than those…
Article continued here: Eating Fish Is Linked To Better Sleep And Higher I.Q. For Kids
by Michael Hand, University of Birmingham
Schools in England are legally required to promote the moral development of pupils. Unfortunately though, there is…
Article continued here: How Do We Teach Children Morals and Values?
by Sondra Bacharach, Victoria University of Wellington
You might think Lego is just a kids’ toy – one you played with as a child and now step on as you walk through the house…
Article continued here: Structuring Thought And Imagination Brick By Brick, Lego By Lego
by Esther Perel
We all know what infidelity is, but a universal definition is difficult to carve out—especially in the digital age. Is watching porn cheating, or is it only cheating if the person on the other side of the screen is live?
Article continued here: Why People Cheat on Their Partners
by Tristan Harris
Do you really have sovereignty over own your mind anymore? Tristan Harris, a design thinker and former ethicist at…
Article continued here: Why Do You Check Your Phone 150 Times a Day?
by Dimitris Xygalatas, University of Connecticut
The mere thought of holiday traditions brings smiles to most people’s faces and elicits feelings of sweet anticipation…
Article continued here: Why We Love Holiday Rituals And Traditions
by Traci Mann, University of Minnesota and A. Janet Tomiyama, University of California, Los Angeles
Diets do not work. The scientific evidence is clear as can be that cutting calories simply doesn’t lead to long-term…
Article continued here: What Thin People Don’t Understand About Dieting
by Fay Hield, University of Sheffield
It’s a familiar sight at this time of year. People singing carols together, in your local church, going door to door or in a shopping centre, but until recent times community singing was thought to have fallen off in popularity
Article continued here: Christmas Carolling Is Not About Religion – It's About Community
by Christopher Pittard, University of Portsmouth
At this time of year, readers worldwide turn to Charles Dickens, and A Christmas Carol in particular. Such is Dickens’…
Article continued here: Charles Dickens' Seasonal Ghosts Are Still Relevant
by Preethy D'Souza, UCL
Cinnamon is a popular spice at Christmas time, used to flavour everything from mulled wine to pumpkin pie. And, unlike…
Article continued here: A Christmas Spice That May Help Reduce Your Blood Cholesterol
by Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity
I might be about to ruin your Christmas. Sorry. But the reality is those nativity plays in which your adorable children…
Article continued here: What History Really Tells Us About The Birth Of Jesus
Written 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 this week's journal here
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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