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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
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Emanuel Kuntzelman
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?
Written by Dudley Evenson and Dean Evenson
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?
Written by Meriflor Toneatto
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
Written by Jacob Liberman, O.D., Ph.D.
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?
Written by Elisa Lottor
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
Written by Sarah Varcas
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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?
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!
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
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
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...
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?
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
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
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?
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
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
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
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
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
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
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?
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
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
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
Written by Pam Younghans
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