InnerSelf Newsletter: February 25th, 2018

InnerSelf Newsletter: February 25th, 2018

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week we focus on perception... how we perceive things either through our senses, our imagination, our beliefs, or other people's beliefs...

We have been trained to think of anger and other such negative emotions as "bad" however, Barbara Berger offers another perspective and explains "Why Your Negative Emotions Are Your Friend".  Two of the featured articles are testimonials of people who experienced self-forgiveness when their perception of their past changed. (See Spiritually Healing The Emotional After-Effects Of Abortion and Nita’s Story: Discovering My Power Animal and Finding Forgiveness.)

Will Wilkinson writes "It’s Not Just Imagination, It’s Perception". Jason Gregory shares "The Art of Practicing Mind Fasting" which definitely will change your perception of your world. And Walter Ling, MD, offers "How To Achieve Peace of Mind and Great Tranquility".

And even the Universe chimes in, as shared in Pam's Astrological Journal for the coming week. She states "We're bound to see a significant amount of both information and misinformation coming forward, which means we'll need to be wearing our own personal Sorting Hat when it comes to knowing what to believe and what to discard as false. This is true not only of external communications, but also our own perceptions and what we think we "know"."

So this week, we focus on our perception of things and people, and make sure we use both our intellect and our intuition to discern what is true and what is the path for us to take.

And of course we have numerous additional articles on various topics... many of which may just change your perceptions as well.

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

Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK

Why Your Negative Emotions Are Your Friend

Written by Barbara Berger

Why Your Negative Emotions Are Your Friend

Your Inner Compass is constantly sending you signals, but what happens when you don't listen to the signals and act accordingly? Well, the signals don't go away, they simply get louder and more powerful. So when you ignore your Inner Compass, it tries harder and harder to get your attention. This means that what started out as maybe a vague feeling of mild discomfort will become a stronger feeling of discomfort.

Article is continued here: Why Your Negative Emotions Are Your Friend


The Art of Practicing Mind Fasting

Written by Jason Gregory

The Art of Practicing Mind Fasting

Fasting the mind is easier said than done. It requires immense discipline and a transformation of lifestyle. But paradoxically it is not hard at all; it is the easiest thing in the world to accomplish because your true nature is an empty liberated mind. This ancient art of healing brings you back to the present moment, where you’ve always been in reality...

Article is continued here: The Art of Practicing Mind Fasting


Spiritually Healing The Emotional After-Effects Of Abortion

Written by Ralph Metzner, Ph.D.

Spiritually Healing The Emotional After-Effects Of Abortion

Susan, a woman in her fifties, came to one of my workshops and asked to work with the process called Healing Relations with the Unborn. She related the following story of an abortion she had undergone as a young woman, with lingering painful after-effects.

Article is continued here: Spiritually Healing The Emotional After-Effects Of Abortion


Nita’s Story: Discovering My Power Animal and Finding Forgiveness

Written by Nita Gage

Nita’s Story: Discovering Your Power Animal and Finding Forgiveness

The time came when my life was disrupted by soul longing for wholeness, manifesting as serious depression. Through grace, I found my way to a workshop on healing into wholeness. There I met Linda Star Wolf who taught us how to discover our power animal.

Article is continued here: Nita’s Story: Discovering My Power Animal and Finding Forgiveness


It’s Not Just Imagination, It’s Perception

Written by Will Wilkinson

It’s Not Just Imagination, It’s Perception

If you can remember when you learned to drive a car you will recall how difficult it was to focus on everything at once. There was the steering, the looking in the rear view mirror, the gas pedal, the brake, the turn signals, etc. Gradually, it all became familiar and then automatic, until you were able to just enjoy driving. That’s called unconscious competency.

Article is continued here: It’s Not Just Imagination, It’s Perception


How To Achieve Peace of Mind and Great Tranquility

Written by Walter Ling, MD

How To Achieve Peace of Mind and Great Tranquility

The important thing to remember is that our sense of self-awareness is uniquely human, and it allows us to observe our own brain, to have mastery over it, and to exercise and improve it. As with all things, the search for meaning improves with practice, which eventually leads to an even richer and more meaningful life.

Article is continued here: How To Achieve Peace of Mind and Great Tranquility


How We Decide Who And What We Care About

How We Decide Who And What We Care About

by Dan Crimston, The University of Queensland

When psychologists talk about a “moral circle” they are referring to how far we extend our moral consideration towards…

Article is continued here: How We Decide Who And What We Care About


How Olympians Train Their Brains To Become Mentally Tough

How Olympians Train Their Brains To Become Mentally Tough

by Nicole W. Forrester, Ryerson University

We have witnessed some exceptional performances during the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. For any athlete to deliver a…

Article is continued here: How Olympians Train Their Brains To Become Mentally Tough


Will Eating Ultra-Processed Foods Give You Cancer?

Will Eating Ultra-Processed Foods Give You Cancer?

by Olliss Clare Collins, University of Newcastle

The researchers looked at cancer occurrence in those exposed to higher intakes of ultra-processed foods, compared to…

Article is continued here: Will Eating Ultra-Processed Foods Give You Cancer?


Parents Set Visual Cues So Kids Won't Forget Instead Of Nagging

Parents Set Visual Cues So Kids Won't Forget Instead Of Nagging

by Adam Bulley, Jonathan Redshaw, The University of Queensland, and Sam Gilbert, UCL

Every day, we have to remember intentions to perform specific tasks in the future. We may need to remember to buy milk…

Article is continued here: Parents Set Visual Cues So Kids Won't Forget Instead Of Nagging


Four Steps To Protect Your Kids From Cyberbullying

Four Steps To Protect Your Kids From Cyberbullying

by Ryan Broll, University of Guelph

In a typical classroom of 25 to 30 students, eight to 10 children — a third of the class — have been cyberbullied at some point in their lifetime. About three or four students are likely to have bullied others online.

Article is continued here: Four Steps To Protect Your Kids From Cyberbullying


How McMindfulness Is Buddhism As Sold To You By Neoliberals

How McMindfulness Is Buddhism As Sold To You By Neoliberals

by Peter Doran, Queen's University Belfast

Mindfulness is big business, worth in excess of US$1.0 billion in the US alone and linked – somewhat paradoxically – to…

Article is continued here: How McMindfulness Is Buddhism As Sold To You By Neoliberals


The Surprising Benefits Of Being A Pessimist

The Surprising Benefits Of Being A Pessimist

by Fuschia Sirois, University of Sheffield

How many times have you been told that something great will happen as long as you believe it is possible?

Article is continued here: The Surprising Benefits Of Being A Pessimist


Oracles And Models: Ancient And Modern Ways Of Telling The Future

Oracles And Models: Ancient And Modern Ways Of Telling The Future

by Esther Eidinow, University of Bristol

When something unexpected happens to us we still tend to ask “why me?” – and it’s difficult to know where to look for…

Article is continued here: Oracles And Models: Ancient And Modern Ways Of Telling The Future


Are Religious People Happier Than Non-Religious People?

Are Religious People Happier Than Non-Religious People?

by Kayonda Hubert Ngamaba, University of York

What makes people happy? This question can be difficult to answer. Happiness has been discussed throughout history.…

Article is continued here: Are Religious People Happier Than Non-Religious People?


U.S. Gun Violence Is A Symptom Of A Long Historical Problem

U.S. Gun Violence Is A Symptom Of A Long Historical Problem

by J.M. Opal, McGill University

Like the teens and children who showed up at the White House and elsewhere to protest, Americans must rediscover…

Article is continued here: U.S. Gun Violence Is A Symptom Of A Long Historical Problem


New Research Shows Siblings Can Make You More Empathic

New Research Shows Siblings Can Make You More Empathic

by Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary; et al

For decades, researchers have demonstrated the numerous ways in which parents can positively influence their children’s…

Article is continued here: New Research Shows Siblings Can Make You More Empathic


Why Telling People They Could Get Sick In The Future Won't Persuade Them To Be Healthy Now

Why Telling People They Could Get Sick In The Future Won't Persuade Them To Be Healthy Now

by Adam Bulley and Thomas Suddendorf, The University of Queensland

Eating a doughnut now seems more rewarding than the nebulous concept of “better future health”.

Article is continued here: Why Telling People They Could Get Sick In The Future Won't Persuade Them To Be Healthy Now


Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness

Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness

by Ashleigh Johnstone, Bangor University

Mental strength is so important to martial arts that researchers have found karate experts’ stronger punching force may…

Article is continued here: Martial Arts Can Improve Your Long-Term Attention Span And Alertness


Tesla's Smart Virtual Power Plant Uses Real People Power

Tesla's Smart Virtual Power Plant Works With Real People Power

by Hedda Ransan-Cooper, Australian National University; et al

The South Australian government and Tesla recently announced a large-scale solar and storage scheme that will…

Article is continued here: Tesla's Smart Virtual Power Plant Works With Real People Power


Is Poverty Driving Extraordinary Obesity Levels?

Is Poverty Driving Extraordinary Obesity Levels?

by Martin Cohen, University of Hertfordshire

The “obesity epidemic” deserves much more serious attention than it is getting. It is, after all, thought to be killing…

Article is continued here: Is Poverty Driving Extraordinary Obesity Levels?


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Three Strategies To Promote Empathy In Children

by Sheri Madigan, University of Calgary; et al

 

Article is continued here: Three Strategies To Promote Empathy In Children


Why Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas

Why Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas

by Sarah Johnson, King's College London

Not all wildlife is created equal in our eyes. Take the earthworm, which doesn’t have the widespread appeal of larger…

Article is continued here: Why Earthworms Are More Important Than Pandas


Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors

Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors

by George Busby, University of Oxford

Researchers recently used DNA from the 10,000-year-old “Cheddar Man”, one of Britain’s oldest skeletons, to unveil what…

Article is continued here: Five Surprising Things DNA Has Revealed About Our Ancestors


What Can We Do To Curtail Anxiety And Depression Among College Students?

What Can We Do To Curtail Anxiety And Depression Among College Students?

by David Rosenberg, Wayne State University

Many of us think of college as a wondrous time of new experiences and great freedom to explore new ideas and find one’s…

Article is continued here: What Can We Do To Curtail Anxiety And Depression Among College Students?


Comfortably Numb – Why Some Older People Turn To Cannabis For Pain Relief

Comfortably Numb – Why Some Older People Turn To Cannabis For Pain Relief

by Tony Rao, King's College London and Ian Hamilton, University of York

 

Article is continued here: Comfortably Numb – Why Some Older People Turn To Cannabis For Pain Relief


How Urban Farmers Are Learning To Grow Food Without Soil Or Natural Light

How Urban Farmers Are Learning To Grow Food Without Soil Or Natural Light

by Silvio Caputo, University of Portsmouth

Growing food in cities became popular in Europe and North America during and immediately after World War II. Urban…

Article is continued here: How Urban Farmers Are Learning To Grow Food Without Soil Or Natural Light


Why The US Approach To Security Is Deeply Troubling

Why The US Approach To Security Is Deeply Troubling

by Joseph Camilleri, La Trobe University

Media coverage of Donald Trump’s presidency has fixated on his outlandish, off-the-cuff tweets, his ill-conceived and…

Article is continued here: Why The US Approach To Security Is Deeply Troubling


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

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Pam YounghansThis 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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