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The theme this week is "seeing things differently"... which reminds me of the title of Wayne Dyer's book, You'll See It When You Believe It". Wayne flipped around the expression, I'll believe it when I see it, to the more "meta-physical" or quantum-energy-like saying, I'll see it when I believe it, focusing on the power of our thoughts and expectations.
The choice of the photo for this newsletter epitomizes the fact that appearances are not always reality. To look at trees in winter, or in the fall when they have shed their leaves, could lead one to believe that the trees have died, never to live again. However, experience has shown us that this is incorrect. While we may see what looks like a dead tree, when Spring rolls around, we see a vibrant tree renewed with life and energy. Thus appearances can be deceiving. If we mistook the appearance of a dead tree as reality, we might chop it off at its roots not giving it a chance to rebound with vigor in the Spring.
If you're a regular reader of InnerSelf, you know that many of our writers and articles emphasize the power of our mind and thoughts. This week, we expand that to "how we see things"... which deals with our expectations, our projections, and includes our fears and doubts... We start with D. Patrick Miller and "Learning To See Everything Differently" followed by "When You Have to Choose: Feeling Your Way to a Decision" which involves another way of seeing our life choices. Sarah Varcas introduces us to "Eris: The Radical Feminine..." which also presents another way of seeing ourselves as women and as human beings... and visioning the future of our planet.
And as beings in relationships, we also can benefit from seeing our relationships differently. Joyce Vissell shares from her new book "How to Love a Man" with her article "To Really Choose a Man" and Alan Cohen looks at Valentine's Day (and loving relationships) differently in "A Different Kind of Valentine". Anne Morjanoff shares her experience on the road of life and having a loved one with cancer (offering us yet again another perspective) in "The Road Ahead: Choosing to Live With Dedicated Awareness".
While those are our featured articles, our numerous additional articles also offer ways of seeing things differently... Check out "Why Icelanders Are Super Creative", "Why We Need Radical Imagination", "Why We Trust Some Strangers More Than Others", "Why The Difficult Person At Work Probably Isn't A Psychopath", and more. Scroll down below for these and many other articles selected for your information, insight, and inspiration.
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 D. Patrick Miller
Is there anything going on in your life that just wears you out? A thankless job, a chronic illness, a troubled relationship? Have you gone over and over this situation or circumstance without finding a solution or a way out?
Article continued here: Learning To See Everything Differently
Written by Anne Tucker
The way you think about decisions gives you a remarkable decision-making super power that enables you to make decisions with confidence even when you have just the smallest glimpse of data. As a matter of fact it’s so good that, if you were the only one who had it, you could charge a fortune on your own psychic hotline. Fortunately for the rest of us, we all come hard-wired with this amazing capability, and all we have to do is learn to use it effectively.
Article continued here: When You Have to Choose: Feeling Your Way to a Decision
Written by Sarah Varcas
Eris, in all her mighty glory, comes to set things straight. Eris knows the power of the feminine, the raw, primal force of childbirth, the fierce protection of a mother’s love, the enduring strength of a broken but embracing heart and the power of an awakened womb which nurtures deep within the hopes and dreams of generations.
Article continued here: Eris: The Radical Feminine Awakens
Written by Joyce Vissell
To really love a man is to choose him over and over again. It’s not enough to say marriage vows one time, though that is certainly important. The relationship is deepened if you let him know often that you would choose him all over again if given the choice.
Article continued here: To Really Choose a Man
Written by Alan Cohen
February is the month of Valentines, when our thoughts turn to love. Usually we give Valentines gifts and affection to romantic partners. This month I would like to shift our focus to expressions of love to our family, in particular our parents.
Article continued here: A Different Kind of Valentine
Written by Anne Morjanoff
A funeral sometimes results in introspection about our own mortality. Throughout that irksome journey, we discussed our feelings about life and death. We shared experiences, sorrowful personal losses and our mundane philosophies on death and dying, not expecting it to be any more than a normal reaction to the passing of a family member.
Article continued here: The Road Ahead: Choosing to Live With Dedicated Awareness
by Mike Krings-University of Kansas
New research examines what makes the people of Iceland so creative—and how the United States could adopt some of those…
Article continued here: Why Icelanders Are Super Creative
by Sarah van Gelder, YES! Magazine
Imagination, as Hawaiian Native rights advocate Poka Laenui describes it, is more than an antidote to hopelessness. It…
Article continued here: Why We Need Radical Imagination
by James Devitt, New York University
Whether or not we trust a stranger may depend on their resemblance to other people we’ve previously known, a new study…
Article continued here: Why We Trust Some Strangers More Than Others
by Vincent Ho, Western Sydney University
The school holidays are over but summer isn’t, and we’re bound to have more hot days before the season ends. So how can…
Article continued here: How To Keep School Lunches Safe In The Heat
by Nathan Collins-Stanford University
Doctors haven’t known why some babies are born with thin, spongy heart muscles. New research links the disease to…
Article continued here: Why Blood Vessels Are The Key To Building A Strong Heart
by Rachel Harrison-NYU
Alternative nicotine products like e-cigarettes are emerging as a promising option for people who are trying to quit…
Article continued here: To Cut Smoking’s Harm, Should You Switch To Vaping?
by Liette Gidlow, Wayne State University
The first year of Donald Trump’s presidency has inspired a fresh wave of women’s movements.
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by Evangeline Mantzioris and Permal Deo, University of South Australia
The drink kombucha was previously only popular in hipster cafes, but is now vying for space on the supermarket shelves.…
Article continued here: How Do The Health Claims Of Kombucha Stack Up?
by Vaughan Cruickshank and Abbey MacDonald, University of Tasmania
Many teachers who started their careers in 2017 will not return to the classroom in 2018. In fact, over 40% of teachers…
Article continued here: Teachers Who Feel Appreciated Are Less Likely To Leave The Profession
by Olliss Clare Collins, University of Newcastle; et al
During a healthy pregnancy, women gain weight as the baby grows. This is normal and necessary. But recent research…
Article continued here: How Much Weight Gain During Pregnancy Is Too Much?
er of the feminine, the raw, primal…
by Haibin Zhang, University of Maryland
As cloud storage becomes more common, data security is an increasing concern. Companies and schools have been…
Article continued here: How Secure Is Your Data When It's Stored In The Cloud?
by Robin Bailey, University of Central Lancashire
Let me set you a task. For the next minute, I want you to not think about Donald Trump. You must block all thoughts of…
Article continued here: Trying To Give Up A Bad Habit?
by Ashok Sekar, University of Texas at Austin and Eric Williams, Rochester Institute of Technology
Information and communication technologies are radically transforming modern lifestyles. They are redefining our…
Article continued here: Americans Are Saving Energy By Staying At Home
by Clare Collins, Lee Ashton and Rebecca Williams, University of Newcastle
When you google “weight loss” the challenge to sort fact from fiction begins. These five supplements claim to speed up…
Article continued here: 5 Supplements That Claim To Speed Up Weight Loss
by Tien Huynh, RMIT University
Did you know that your morning cup of coffee contributes to six million tonnes of spent coffee grounds going to…
Article continued here: How Used Coffee Beans Can Help Your Health
by Nuala Morse, University of Leicester and Jo Volley, UCL
When people are sad they are often said to be “blue”. Jealousy is implied if someone is described as being “green with…
Article continued here: How You Can Use Color To Communicate How You Feel
by Peter Hancock, University of Central Florida
Imagine you are about to go on vacation. You have been looking forward to it for some time. But your robotic personal…
Article continued here: Don't Automate The Fun Out Of Life
by Brandon McFadden, University of Florida
The food labeling craze coupled with banner headlines about the dangers of gluten, genetically modified organisms…
Article continued here: Gluten-free Water Shows Absurdity Of Trend In Labeling What's Absent
by Katherine Gombay-McGill University
While plant-based milk beverages like soy milk have been on the market for a couple of decades and are advertised as…
Article continued here: What Is The Most Nutritious Plant-Based Milk?
by Gregory Thomas and Wouter Poortinga, Cardiff University
Psychologists have long been looking into the gap between our intentions and behaviour when it comes to the…
Article continued here: Does Having Children Make Us Care More About The Environment?
by Katie Bohn-Penn State
Parent behavior may affect how well children with certain behavioral problems like attention deficit hyperactivity…
Article continued here: Harsh Parenting Hurts How Kids With ADHD Do In School
by Katarina Fritzon, Aston University, et al
As workplaces become increasingly difficult and damaging environments, there are plenty of articles and books on…
Article continued here: Why The Difficult Person At Work Probably Isn't A Psychopath
by Peter Schofield, Sheffield Hallam University
Many people will have hit the shops or gone online to bag a bargain in the January sales over the last few weeks and…
Article continued here: What You Need To Know About Compulsive Shopping
by Jacqui Adcock, Deakin University
Antioxidants seem to be everywhere; in superfoods and skincare, even chocolate and red wine. Products that contain…
Article continued here: Are Antioxidants Truly Good For Us?
by Lori Gruen, Wesleyan University
Most of us are faced with ethical decisions on a regular basis. Some are relatively minor – perhaps your cousin makes a…
Article continued here: How Should We Decide What To Do?
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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