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This week we reflect on fear and how to be stronger than our fears. It seems that our "new and improved modern world" has brought us more things to be afraid of. We watch TV and discover numerous "reasons" to be afraid, we surf the internet and find more of the same, we hear of another person with cancer, or another shooting, or some other fearful event.
And if any of you are saying, I'm not afraid of anything, your very language proves you wrong... "I'm afraid it's going to rain today!" is a common saying which shows how "fear of the future" in ingrained in us and in our society.
To start off our reflection on fear on a lighter note (though just as important), we bring you "Tips for Creating Awesome Relationships and Great Valentine Gifts that Don't Cost a Cent" to take the fear out of Valentine's Day gift-giving, and fill it with love.
Now, of course, some fears are natural and even necessary, however, we've taken this to the extreme (in some cases). It is extremely important that we take time to "Shed Light On Fear and See It For What It Really Is". If you are prone to fearful reactions, you may benefit from "Dealing with Fear: A Meditation Journey with Sekhmet" as well as with this article, "Overcoming Fear: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, or Spiritual". Learning to deal with uncertainty is a survival mechanism for these times.
Scroll down for more featured articles on fear and dealing with life crises, as well as numerous additional articles on a variety of topics.
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 Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.
To create a truly lovely Valentine's month and build more joy, love, and peace in your life, I offer you ten tips for building and sustaining good personal and intimate relationships. This article full of numbers is followed by eight Valentine gifts that don't cost any money and blatantly show your love.
Article is continued here: Tips for Creating Awesome Relationships and Great Valentine Gifts that Don't Cost a Cent
Written by Debra Silverman
Sad but true, we all grow out of the soil of pain....The crises that arise in our lives are here to serve us, not to hurt us. As counterintuitive as this sounds, crisis is nothing more than your own soul trying to get your attention, to show you your path. The soul uses pain, crisis, and trauma to wake us up.
Article is continued here: Learning Our Lessons Through Crisis and Life Stories
Written by Stan Goldberg, PhD
Someone asked me what living with cancer for thirteen years is like, never knowing whether the disease will remain under control. I said, “It’s like being hurled into a classic 1950s horror movie where you know terrible things will happen but you don’t know when they will occur.”
Article is continued here: A Life Of Uncertainty: Living With Cancer For Thirteen Years
Written by Nauman Naeem MD
Fear is one of the most fascinating and crippling human emotions. All of us, at one time or another, have been overcome with fear. There are two kinds of fear: actual fear and psychological fear.
Article is continued here: Overcoming Fear: Physical, Emotional, Intellectual, or Spiritual
Written by Ora Nadrich
How do you shed light on fear, and see it for what it really is? You question it by asking, “Says who?” Like a boogieman in your mind, you need to stand up to it and let it know who’s in control and the boss of your thoughts. It’s either you or your fear-based thought. It’s important to decide who’s really in charge of your thinking.
Article is continued here: Shedding Light On Fear and Seeing It For What It Really Is
Written by J. Zohara Meyerhoff Hieronimus D.H.L.
In Africa, Zulu elders teach that there is vital significance in the appearance of the White Lions in Timbavati at this time. As with all the other White Spirit Animals, the White Spirit Lions have come to warn us of dramatic Earth changes, encouraging us to work together in these perilous times.
Article is continued here: The White Lion of Ancient Zulu Prophecy: The Golden-Hearted Alchemist
Written by Nicki Scully
Fear is one of our greatest teachers. From the time we have our first childhood lesson of keeping our hands off the hot stove to our mature ability to recognize danger and get out of the way, fear has earned our respect and has tremendous influence over our behavior. But sometimes fear holds us back...
Article is continued here: Dealing with Fear: A Meditation Journey with Sekhmet
by Amanda Patterson and Jacklyn Jackson, University of Newcastle
Iron deficiency is the most common nutrient deficiency in the developed world, affecting around one in three women of…
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by Jill Rosen, Johns Hopkins University
Our brains can detect an object’s value almost as soon as we see it, a new study shows.
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by Annie Duke, Big Think
In the earliest stages of our education, it gets drilled into us that certainty is good, and phrases like "I don't…
Article is continued here: Why Saying "I Don't Know" Is A Key To Success
by Terry Kosdrosky, University of Michigan
Anxiety caused by exposure to pollution may make people more prone to cheating and unethical behavior, according to new…
Article is continued here: Does Air Pollution Lead To More Unethical Behavior?
by Hannah Thomas and James Graham Scott, The University of Queensland
Cyberbullying has become a significant issue for young people learning to navigate a life that is increasingly online.…
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by Dean Buonomano, Big Think
Pop quiz, hot shot! What do cows drink? If you're like the vast majority of people, you probably just had the word…
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by Gerry Everdi, Washington University in St. Louis
Black people, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than non-blacks, according…
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by Chloe Reichel, The Journalist Resource
Standing rather than sitting burns, on average, an additional 0.15 calories per minute — a small increase that could…
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by Liza Gross, Ensia
The search for autism’s causes is a daunting task — but researchers are investigating a variety of factors that might…
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by Duane Mellor, Coventry University
Drinking alcohol is fun – the after-effects, less so. It is little wonder, then, that people the world over have sought…
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by Elisa Lazzari, Cornell University
“Rampant” and “elderly” are words rarely used in the same sentence, unless we are talking of the percentage of people…
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by Jennifer Kraschnewski, Pennsylvania State University
Obesity was designated a disease in 2013 by the American Heart Association and American Medical Association. Obesity,…
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by Subramanian Shankar, University of Hawaii
In the United States, inequality tends to be framed as an issue of either class, race or both. Consider, for example…
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by John Dyck, CUNY Graduate Center
“The Disaster Artist” – which just earned James Franco a Golden Globe for his portrayal of director Tommy Wiseau…
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by Matthew J. Mayhew, The Ohio State University, et al.
Conservative activists have claimed that universities brainwash students and indoctrinate them into believing a liberal…
Article is continued here: Does College Turn People Into Liberals?
by Terry Goldsworthy, Assistant Professor in Criminology
The rise of the #MeToo and Time’s Up movements have put an unprecedented focus on the issue of what is acceptable…
Article is continued here: No Means No, and Yes Means Yes: Moving To A Different Model Of Consent
by Simon Evans, Carbon Brief
For the first time, the European Union generated more electricity from wind, solar and biomass than from coal in 2017…
Article is continued here: The EU Got Less Electricity From Coal Than Renewables In 2017
by Mohammed Al-Mosaiwi, University of Reading
From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything.
Article is continued here: People With Depression Use Language Differently And Here's How To Spot It
by Leonard L. Berry, Texas A&M University
Cancer may not be life-ending, but it usually is life-changing. A cancer diagnosis instantaneously turns life upside…
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by Glenys Caswell, University of Nottingham
It seems so obvious that no one should die alone that we never talk about it, but people do often die when they are…
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by Chuck Finder-Washington University in St. Louis
Most shoppers—a whopping 83 percent—regularly visit between four and nine chain stores within a year to purchase…
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by Jim Dryden, Washington University in St. Louis
Circadian rhythm disruptions common to Alzheimer’s disease occur before memory loss and other symptoms in people whose…
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by ustin Fitzgerald-University of Missouri
Forest owners at greater risk of illegally cutting trees on their land prefer to join conservation programs that allow…
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Written by Pam Younghans
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