InnerSelf Newsletter: April 22nd, 2018

InnerSelf Newsletter: April 22nd, 2018

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

As I focused on which articles beckoned to be included in this week's issue of InnerSelf, my conscious thought was that the focus was going to be Earth Day. While I am a firm believer that "every day should be Earth Day", this designated day gives us additional opportunity to reflect together on our love for our precious planet, our current situation and the steps we need to take to heal the earth and ourselves. The fact that so much energy and focus is on Mother Earth on Earth Day gives our positive focus more "oomph" and more power to become reality.

However, as the articles came together, the word that kept reappearing over and over in the articles by various authors was "myth". Thus the theme of this week's InnerSelf edition is the myths of our life, and of our culture. These myths include how we relate to and treat Mother Earth, but also how we treat ourselves and each other. It includes the myth of creativity (or lack thereof), the myth of separation, the myth of "how things have to be", and more.

As we reflect on the myths that we participate in, as well as those that we may be rebelling against, we come to an understanding of our role in this reality we are experiencing. This is not time to give up, though when we listen to the media and doomsday scenarios we may be tempted to. This is a time to keep faith in your heart, and use both heart and mind to come up with creative solutions to the mess we, as humankind, have created. It is time to step away from the myths of war, of competition, of separation, and move into a world of collaboration, community, and higher consciousness. The choice is always ours, and the time is always now.

Scroll down below for the links to our features articles and many more. Happy Reading!

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

A Plea For Our Mother

Written by Sarah Varcas

A Plea For Our Mother

Mother Earth has suffered shockingly as a result of human ignorance, denial and narcissism for way too long. She lies bleeding at our feet and still we look away. But no more. Once Uranus begins its entry into Taurus in May 2018, the extent of our planet’s unbridled rage and unbounded love will become apparent in equal measure.

Article is continued here: A Plea For Our Mother


What Can We Do to Help the Whales and the Planet?

Written by Nancy Windheart

What Can We Do to Help the Whales and the Planet?

Many people are concerned about the whales… Good-hearted people feel helpless, and ask, “is there anything that we can do?” When I asked the whales for their guidance, they gave us three practical things that we can begin to do immediately that will have positive implications not just for them, but for all of us.


Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

Written by Charles Eisenstein

Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity

When it is done properly, organic growing methods can deliver two to three times the yield of conventional methods. Of course if you take two fields and plant each with a monocrop, then the one without pesticides will do worse than the one with, but that isn't really what organic farming is.

Article is continued here: Permaculture and the Myth of Scarcity


Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth

Written by John R. Audette

Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth

Clearly, we do not live in a “one for all and all for one” world. Yes, there are some hopeful indicators that pockets of this thinking exist here and there, and it is most encouraging. But, there is much more evidence that “every man for himself” behavior rules the day still on planet Earth, and this could be our undoing as a species if it continues to dominate the behavior of many humans...

Article is continued here: Our Potential Destiny: Co-Creating A Truly Magnificent Future For Earth


Creating A New Version of Yourself As Part of Nature, Not Its Governor

Written by Pia Orleane, Ph.D.

Creating A New Version of Yourself As Part of Nature, Not Its Governor

One of the foremost scholars of cultural myths Joseph Campbell (a man with a clear connection to the divine feminine) pointed out that one function of myths is to put one’s way of life in harmony with nature. The myths of our current culture seem to separate us from nature.

Article is continued here: Creating A New Version of Yourself As Part of Nature, Not Its Governor


Why Humor Is Good For You If You Do It Right

Why Humor Is Good For You If You Do It Right

by University of Arizona

Humor isn’t always useful or beneficial for reaching our goals, new research suggests. Research from the UA's Eller…

Article is continued here: Why Humor Is Good For You If You Do It Right


What Might Appear To Be Common Sense Is Not Always Based On Scientific Evidence

What Might Appear To Be Common Sense Is Not Always Based On Scientific Evidence

by James A. T. Lancaster, The University of Queensland

The term “evidence” has a fascinating linguistic and social history – and it’s a good reminder that even today the…

Article is continued here: What Might Appear To Be Common Sense...


5 Food Allergy Myths

5 Food Allergy Myths

by Northwestern University

A surge in childhood food allergies across the United States has turned classrooms into homemade-treat-free zones and…

Article is continued here: 5 Food Allergy Myths


Let's Make Earth Day About Earth, Not Us

Let's Make Earth Day About Earth, Not Us

by Shahid Naeem, Director, Earth Institute Center for Environmental Sustainability and Professor of Ecology at Columbia University

Today is Earth Day, but it’s one of the most confused and misguided celebratory days of the year. The UN refers to this…

Article is continued here: Let's Make Earth Day About Earth, Not Us


A Historical Divide In How Christians View Their Relationship To The Planet?

A Historical Divide In How Christians View Their Relationship To The Planet?

by Jim Hanchett, University of Indiana

“Some believe in the importance of stewardship and practice an ethic of ‘creation care,’ while others believe in human…

Article is continued here: A Historical Divide In How Christians View Their Relationship To The Planet?


Time To Rock The Boat? Cruise Ships Can Destroy The Very Destinations They Visit

Time To Rock The Boat? Cruise Ships Can Destroy The Very Destinations They Visit

by Jillian Rickly, Assistant Professor in Tourism Management and Marketing, University of Nottingham

Cruise ships aren’t all bad, of course. They are a part of the mass tourism trend that has democratised travel and…

Article is continued here: Cruise Ships Can Destroy The Very Destinations They Visit


Loneliness On Its Way To Becoming Britain's Most Lethal Condition

Loneliness On Its Way To Becoming Britain's Most Lethal Condition

by Joe Smith, University of Liverpool

People of all ages are at risk from diseases brought on by loneliness, new data has revealed. According to figures…

Article is continued here: Loneliness On Its Way To Becoming Britain's Most Lethal Condition


Do Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Really Boost Plant Growth?

Do Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Really Boost Plant Growth?

by Stuart Thompson, University of Westminster

Many projections suggest that burning fossil fuels and the resulting climate change will make it harder to grow enough…

Article is continued here: Do Rising Carbon Dioxide Levels Really Boost Plant Growth?


What Earth Day Means When Humans Possess Planet Shaping Powers

What Earth Day Means When Humans Possess Planet Shaping Powers

by Christopher J Preston, The University of Montana

Today you can travel to the furthest part of the Arctic Ocean, to the highest point of the Caucasus Mountains, to the…

Article is continued here: What Earth Day Means When Humans Possess Planet Shaping Powers


How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star

How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star

by Robert Beelman, Pennsylvania State University

In the past, food scientists like me often praised mushrooms as healthy because of what they don’t contribute to the…

Article is continued here: How The Lowly Mushroom Is Becoming A Nutritional Star


Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?

Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?

by Susan Woods; Hannah Brown and Tamsin Lannagan, University of Adelaide

It might be a spot, lump, bump or polyp you’ve found suspicious or bothersome enough to ask a doctor to have a look at.…

Article is continued here: Is Pre-cancerous A Warning Sign Or Cause For Panic?


The Unseen Impact Of Domestic Violence

The Unseen Impact Of Domestic Violence

by Paul van Donkelaar, University of British Columbia

The statistics are terrifying: In Canada, one woman is killed every week by her partner; globally, one third of women…

Article is continued here: The Unseen Impact Of Domestic Violence


Children Are Natural Optimists – Which Comes With Psychological Pros And Cons

Children Are Natural Optimists – Which Comes With Psychological Pros And Cons

by Janet J. Boseovski, University of North Carolina

You might hesitate to make a character judgment about someone based on a first encounter. Most adults would probably…

Article is continued here: Children Are Natural Optimists – Which Comes With Psychological Pros And Cons


Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition

Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition

by Sheril Kirshenbaum and Douglas Buhler, Michigan State University

Socioeconomics play a significant role in attitudes about food – especially concerns about safety and purchasing…

Article is continued here: Wealthy Americans Know Less Than They Think They Do About Food And Nutrition


How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children

How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children

by Richard G. "Bugs" Stevens, University of Connecticut

A new scientific study shows that bright electric light exposure of preschool children in the evening suppresses…

Article is continued here: How Light At Night Can Disrupt Circadian Rhythms In Children


Ants Have Evolved A Complex System Of Battlefield Triage And Rescue

Matabele Ants Have Evolved A Complex System Of Battlefield Triage And Rescue

by Mike Jeffries, Northumbria University, Newcastle

Ants have a remorseless quality, seemingly indifferent to their individual welfare, their whole lives submerged in the…

Article is continued here: Matabele Ants Have Evolved A Complex System Of Battlefield Triage And Rescue


What Children Can Teach Us About Looking After The Environment

What Children Can Teach Us About Looking After The Environment

by Rebecca Koomen, Max Planck Institute

When a natural resource is open access, such as fish in a lake, everyone has to limit the amount they take individually…

Article is continued here: What Children Can Teach Us About Looking After The Environment


People Who Live In Diverse Neighborhoods Are More Helpful

Why People Who Live In Diverse Neighborhoods Are More Helpful

by Jayanth Narayanan, IMD Business School

Whether or not diversity is a good thing is still a topic of much debate. Though many businesses tout the benefits of…

Article is continued here: Why People Who Live In Diverse Neighborhoods Are More Helpful


Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes

Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes

by Richard Blackburn, University of Leeds

Chamomile – that yellow flower so often made into a tea, enjoyed before bed – is a very interesting plant. It was…

Article is continued here: Chamomile Tea May Help Control Diabetes


Why The Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Bring Problems Of Its Own

Why The Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Bring Problems Of Its Own

by Martin Brueckner, Murdoch University

After years of being derided as a joke by car manufacturers and the public, interest in electric vehicles has increased…

Article is continued here: Why The Electric Vehicle Revolution Will Bring Problems Of Its Own


Are Young Blood Transfusions Magic Or Medicine?

Are Young Blood Transfusions Magic Or Medicine?

by David Irving, University of Technology Sydney

Recent scientific studies have claimed, almost vampire-like, that transfusions of blood from teenagers can help delay…

Article is continued here: Are Young Blood Transfusions Magic Or Medicine?


Election Security Means Much More Than Just New Voting Machines

Election Security Means Much More Than Just New Voting Machines

by Jamie Winterton, Arizona State University

In late March, Congress passed a significant spending bill that included US$380 million in state grants to improve…

Article is continued here: Election Security Means Much More Than Just New Voting Machines


How To Deal With Life's Risks More Rationally

How To Deal With Life's Risks More Rationally

by Jay L. Zagorsky, The Ohio State University

Risk is everywhere and associated with everything. For example, the Center for Disease Control a decade ago estimated…

Article is continued here: How To Deal With Life's Risks More Rationally


Women Earn Less After They Have Kids, Despite Strong Credentials

Why Do Women Earn Less After They Have Kids, Despite Strong Credentials?

by Joya Misra, University of Massachusetts Amherst

Women without kids have earned more than employed mothers for decades or longer.

Article is continued here: Why Do Women Earn Less After They Have Kids, Despite Strong Credentials?


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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