InnerSelf Newsletter: April 1st, 2018

InnerSelf Newsletter: April 1st, 2018

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This newsletter is being released on April Fools Day... and its theme is that not only have we been fooled but we have fooled ourselves... not just today but for a long long time. Thus this week our authors help expose some of the tricks we've fallen for.

For example, when dealing with health, "Your body’s ability to heal is greater than anyone has permitted you to believe." (article: Inflammation Is The Root...). Furthermore, in Heal Your Fears and Emotions About Money the author writes "...we have learned that our feelings can create problems, so naturally we try to sidestep them. Ironically, problems arise not because we have these feel­ings but because we pay no attention to them." Thus our belief that feelings create problems is the problem itself. April Fools!

We also never learned how to "...challenge the debilitating inner voice which says 'you’ve failed before you’ve begun, it’s not worth the risk – you’ll only make a fool of yourself!' None of us are obliged to believe such harsh inner talk and yet we do, far too easily, and it’s time we resolved to stop and find a different way to approach life’s challenges." (Sarah Varcas' article: It's Time To Be Hard As Steel, and Soft As Silk). Additionally, and very importantly, "...the hardest problem of all might be that many people, including even scientists, do not see what they do not believe." (Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?)

These are a few of the articles this week that help us see differently... seeing life and ourselves from another perspective. In this way, we can bring about changes as we no longer accept how others see things, or "the way it is", or the status quo. We've been living a long long April Fools and it's time to wake up and look behind the curtain!

Scroll down below for these and more articles for this week.

Happy April everyone! And may the energy of Spring rise up in your heart and help you create a life that is loving and harmonious with the highest good of all.

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 Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?

Written by Emanuel Kuntzelman

Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?

Jane Goodall refers to Ervin Laszlo’s observation that most people are evolved enough to know that they need to change, but not evolved enough to know what change they need. Thus, the hardest problem of all might be, as Laszlo states, that many people, including even scientists, do not see what they do not believe.

Article is continued here: Why Can't We See The Five-Hundred-Pound Gorilla In The Room?


Do You Have To Sit To Meditate? What About A Walking Meditation?

Written by Dudley Evenson and Dean Evenson

Do You Have To Sit To Meditate? What About A Walking Meditation?

We usually think that meditation is done sitting, but it can also be beneficial to practice walking meditation. In this case, walking with the eyes open, one is more mindful of the outside world. The purpose of a walking meditation is to cultivate awareness, and to use the very act of walking as a focus of your concentration thereby allowing you to have a wakeful presence.

Article is continued here: Do You Have To Sit To Meditate? What About A Walking Meditation?


Heal Your Fears and Emotions About Money

Written by Meriflor Toneatto

Heal Your Fears and Emotions About Money

A major challenge to healing emotions regarding money is that many of us have learned poor coping skills when it comes to money, often stemming from our cul­tural and societal conditioning. Often we block our neg­ative emotions by denying their existence, by pushing them aside, or by trying to ignore them altogether. Of course, these avoidance techniques only work for a pe­riod of time. 

Article is continued here: Heal Your Fears and Emotions About Money


Living in a World of Technology and Less Personal Contact?

Written by Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D.

Living in a World of Technology and Less Personal Contact

Life’s intelligence, received through our inner guidance, is habitually interrupted or camouflaged by the mind’s chatter. A reflection of this same process is occurring worldwide, where we find ourselves in the midst of a highly magnified “technology takeover.” The universal use of technology, much like our addiction to thinking, has resulted in a constant current of information interrupting the “flow” of our life.

Article is continued here: Living in a World of Technology and Less Personal Contact?


Inflammation Is The Root Of All Disease And Leads To Aging

Written by Elisa Lottor

Inflammation Is The Root Of All Disease And Leads To Aging

Scientists have searched for and recently found out why some people live to be over one hundred, while being physically active, happy, and healthy. A team of experts in Tokyo researched which processes in the body may be responsible for not only successful aging but also for longevity. They have identified the common denominator, and that is inflammation.

Article is continued here: Inflammation Is The Root Of All Disease And Leads To Aging


April 2018: It's Time To Be Hard As Steel, and Soft As Silk

Written by Sarah Varcas
April 2018: It's Time To Be Hard As Steel, and Soft As Silk

Whatever your priorities at this time, hold fast to the belief that you can manifest positive change in your own life. It may not be easy and there are often many forces which seem to be stacked against us when we try, but the evolutionary thrust which fuels human aspiration is more enduring than the obstacles which lie in wait.

Article is continued here: April 2018: It's Time To Be Hard As Steel, and Soft As Silk


How Success And Failure Co-exist In Every Single One Of Us

How Success And Failure Co-exist In Every Single One Of Us

by Michelle Thaller, Big Think

When it comes to success and failure, the message is loud but overwhelmingly simple: do one and not the other.

Article is continued here: How Success And Failure Co-exist In Every Single One Of Us


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These Are The VA Healthcare's 3 Main Problems

by Richard Lachmann, University at Albany, State University of New York

The VA has long been in crisis. Nevertheless, it has pioneered evidence-based medicine and, overall, gets better…

Article is continued here: These Are The VA Healthcare's 3 Main Problems


You Don't Have To Quit Facebook, But Don't Trust It, Either

You Don't Have To Quit Facebook, But Don't Trust It, Either

by Denise Anthony and Luke Stark, Dartmouth College

Is it time to give up on social media? Many people are thinking about that in the wake of revelations regarding…

Article is continued here: You Don't Have To Quit Facebook, But Don't Trust It, Either


How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked

How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked

by Matthew Hindman, George Washington University

The researcher whose work is at the center of the Facebook-Cambridge Analytica data analysis and political advertising…

Article is continued here: How Cambridge Analytica’s Facebook Targeting Model Really Worked


Online Conspiracy Theorists Are More Diverse And Ordinary Than Most Assume

Online Conspiracy Theorists Are More Diverse And Ordinary Than Most Assume

by Colin Klein, Australian National University; et al

Conspiracy theories are known for connecting apparently unrelated events. Consider the X-Files’ Fox Mulder holed up in…

Article is continued here: Online Conspiracy Theorists Are More Diverse And Ordinary Than Most Assume


Are Bullies Alpha Males Or Sick Puppies?

Are Bullies Alpha Males Or Sick Puppies?

by Mike Sosteric, Athabasca University

Growing up in a rinky-dink Canadian city, I was tortured a lot. Part of the problem was that I was stunted by an…

Article is continued here: Are Bullies Alpha Males Or Sick Puppies?


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Jesus Was A Brown-Skinned, Middle Eastern Jew And Why That Matters

by Robyn J. Whitaker, University of Divinity

I grew up in a Christian home, where a photo of Jesus hung on my bedroom wall. I still have it. It is schmaltzy and…

Article is continued here: Jesus Was A Brown-Skinned, Middle Eastern Jew And Why That Matters


On Dangerous Ground: Land Degradation Is Turning Soils Into Deserts

On Dangerous Ground: Land Degradation Is Turning Soils Into Deserts

by Abbas El-Zein, University of Sydney

Land degradation can take many forms, but always entails a serious disruption of a healthy balance between five key…

Article is continued here: On Dangerous Ground: Land Degradation Is Turning Soils Into Deserts


Why Our Faces Show What We Want, Not What We Feel

Why Our Faces Show What We Want, Not What We Feel

by Shelly Leachman-UCSB

Our facial expressions stem primarily from what we want out of social interactions, not our feelings, new research…

Article is continued here: Why Our Faces Show What We Want, Not What We Feel


What Makes You Vulnerable To A Gambling Addiction?

What Makes You Vulnerable To A Gambling Addiction?

by Maia Szalavitz, Big Think

Author and neuroscience journalist Maia Szalavitz says that your brain doesn't necessarily choose to become addicted to…

Article is continued here: What Makes You Vulnerable To A Gambling Addiction?


Is It Really 2018? According to Scholars, It Isn't!

Is It Really 2018? According to Scholars, It Isn't!

by Charles C. Rozier, Swansea University

According to scholars throughout history, we actually aren’t living in the year that is printed on our calendars.

Article is continued here: Is It Really 2018? According to Scholars, It Isn't!


Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu

Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu

by Sylvain Charlebois, Dalhousie University

From our western perspective, crickets do not look appetizing, but neither did lobsters at one point in time, and in…

Article is continued here: Jiminy Cricket! Why Bugs May Soon Be On The Menu


Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience

Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience

by Jan Hoole, Keele University

The definition of sentient is simply “able to perceive or feel things”. Today most of us would probably also say that…

Article is continued here: Here's What The Science Says About Animal Sentience


The Anthropocene Began In 1965, According To Signs Left In The World's Loneliest Tree

The Anthropocene Began In 1965, According To Signs Left In The World's Loneliest Tree

by Chris Turney, UNSW; Jonathan Palmer, UNSW, and Mark Maslin, UCL

On Campbell Island in the Southern Ocean, some 400 miles south of New Zealand, is a single Sitka spruce. More than 170…

Article is continued here: Signs Left In The World's Loneliest Tree...


How Do Babies Experience Pain?

How Do Babies Experience Pain?

by Laura Jones, UCL

Before the 1980s, clinicians actually performed surgery on newborns without giving them anaesthetics or pain…

Article is continued here: How Do Babies Experience Pain?


Why Easter Is Called Easter, And Other Little-known Facts About The Holiday

Why Easter Is Called Easter, And Other Little-known Facts About The Holiday

by Brent Landau, University of Texas at Austin

Christians will be celebrate Easter, the day on which the resurrection of Jesus is said to have taken place. The date…

Article is continued here: Why Easter Is Called Easter, And Other Little-known Facts About The Holiday


How Young Children Can Develop Racial Biases

How Young Children Can Develop Racial Biases

by Nathalia Gjersoe, University of Bath

Race-based conflicts and prejudices are common. The persistence of such attitudes has led some to ask whether we are…

Article is continued here: How Young Children Can Develop Racial Biases


Have We Got The Causes Of Type 2 Diabetes Wrong?

Have We Got The Causes Of Type 2 Diabetes Wrong?

by Mark Turner, Nottingham Trent University

The proportion of adults with diabetes around the world has risen from 4.7% in 1980 to more than 8.5% today.

Article is continued here: Have We Got The Causes Of Type 2 Diabetes Wrong?


Why Americans Should Welcome The Age Of Unexceptionalism

Why Americans Should Welcome The Age Of Unexceptionalism

by Alasdair S. Roberts, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Exceptionalism – the idea that the United States has a mission and character that separates it from other nations – is…

Article is continued here: Why Americans Should Welcome The Age Of Unexceptionalism


Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health

Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health

by Kieron Rooney, University of Sydney

The World Health Organization recommends limiting “free sugars” to less than 10% of our total energy intake. This…

Article is continued here: Why Too Much Sugar Is Bad For Our Health


6 Ways To Get Teenagers More Active

6 Ways To Get Teenagers More Active

by Michaela James and Sinead Brophy, Swansea University

The UK department of health recommends that young people (aged five to 18) should get at least 60 minutes of physical…

Article is continued here: 6 Ways To Get Teenagers More Active


Reawakening Our Belief In Miracles Makes Perfect Sense

Reawakening Our Belief In Miracles Makes Perfect Sense

by Richard Gunderman, Indiana University

This year, one of the most essential holy days in the Christian calendar, Easter, coincides with perhaps the silliest…

Article is continued here: Reawakening Our Belief In Miracles Makes Perfect Sense


Why The Ideal Female Body Type Is Getting Even Harder To Attain

Why The Ideal Female Body Type Is Getting Even Harder To Attain

by Frances Bozsik, University of Missouri and Brooke L. Bennett, University of Hawaii

Day after day, we’re bombarded with so many media messages that rarely do we stop to think about what they’re telling…

Article is continued here: Why The Ideal Female Body Type Is Getting Even Harder To Attain


5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets

5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets

by Alan Radford, University of Liverpool

Love them or hate them, it is hard to get away from pets. And even if you don’t own one yourself, you are likely to…

Article is continued here: 5 Diseases You Can Catch From Pets


Can Art Really Make A Difference?

Can Art Really Make A Difference?

by Joanna Mendelssohn, UNSW

Artists persist in challenging assumed knowledge in their attempts to awaken the conscience of the world. Artists can…

Article is continued here: Can Art Really Make A Difference?


Why Our Complexion Is So Important To Us

Why Our Complexion Is So Important To Us

by Rodney Sinclair, University of Melbourne

We’re all attracted to a beautiful face. We like to look at them, we feel drawn to them and we aspire to have one.

Article is continued here: Why Our Complexion Is So Important To Us


Cumulonimbus: heavy rain and thunder on the horizon.

What These 6 Clouds Can Reveal About The Weather

by Hannah Christensen, University of Oxford

You don’t need a supercomputer to predict how the weather above your head is likely to change over the next few hours…

Article is continued here: What These 6 Clouds Can Reveal About The Weather


How Birth Interventions Affect Babies' Health In The Short And Long Term

How Birth Interventions Affect Babies' Health In The Short And Long Term

by Hannah Dahlen, Western Sydney University and Lilian Peters, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Medical and surgical intervention during birth continues to rise in much of the world.

Article is continued here: How Birth Interventions Affect Babies' Health In The Short And Long Term


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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