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This week we bring you articles to assist in stepping out of the conditioning of our culture and explore different perspectives. We look at pain and how to move beyond it, we reflect on reincarnation, and we look at moving beyond the way of the ego to the path of spiritual will.
Scroll down below for the links to these featured articles and to the numerous other articles we have added this week.
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 Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD
When we are in pain, it takes over our identity and clouds our perception until it is relieved. Some of this is a natural physiological response—pain is unpleasant and universally unwanted. Quite often, chronic pain becomes the story of our lives, where all our interactions with the world are colored by it.
Article is continued here: Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away
Written by Maresha Donna Ducharme
Are you experiencing a lag in your spiritual life? Have you been practicing for a long time and consider yourself a spiritual veteran, but are lacking in enthusiasm? Are you new to meditation, but can’t seem to commit to a regular practice?
Article is continued here: Tending the Fire of Spiritual Will and Creating the Experience of Union
Written by Ellen Tadd
I didn’t believe in reincarnation when I was a child, having been brought up in a household with a father who was a physicist, but I often had private usual episodes, such as out of body experiences and clairvoyant visions.
Article is continued here: Why Is Understanding The Principle Of Reincarnation Important?
by Tim Olds, University of South Australia
Liz is a typical 50-something woman, fit, 70 kg, 30% body fat. She goes to the gym every day, and runs for 35 minutes…
Article is continued here: I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?
by Adam Barrett, University of Sussex
Understanding the biology behind consciousness (or self-awareness) is considered by some to be the final frontier of…
Article is continued here: Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness
by Marie-Helen Maras, City University of New York
As Amazon releases an Echo Dot smart-home device aimed at children, it’s entering a busy and growing marketplace. More…
Article is continued here: 4 Ways 'Internet Of Things' Toys Endanger Children
by Emma Clifton, Felix Day, and Ken Ong, University of Cambridge
Those who take extreme risks often describe being drawn in by a feeling of compulsion. William Trubridge, a free-diving…
Article is continued here: How The Genetic Basis Of Risk Taking Is Linked To Obesity And Mental Illness
by Scott Lear, Simon Fraser University
Research shows that regular exercise can dramatically reduce the risks of depression as well as boost cognition and…
Article is continued here: How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function
by Jasmine McNealy, University of Florida
“Doxxing” is an old internet term that comes from the idea of collecting the documents, or “docs,” on a person. The…
Article is continued here: What Is Doxxing, And Why Is It So Scary?
by Noelle Eckley Selin, MIT and Sae Yun Kwon, Pohang University of Science and Technology
Mercury pollution is a problem usually associated with fish consumption. But some people in China, the world’s largest…
Article is continued here: Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice
by Catherine Harnoi and Joao Luiz Bastos, Wake Forest University
Recent social movements such as the Women’s March, #MeToo, #TimesUp, #BalanceTonPorc (#OutYourPig), and #SayHerName…
Article is continued here: How Sexism Makes Women Sick
by Kendra Coulter, Brock University
The idea of work still tends to evoke particular images of manual and blue-collar jobs, but the realities of…
Article is continued here: How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us
by Valerie van Mulukom
Imagine the director of a big company announcing an important decision and justifying it with it being based on a gut…
Article is continued here: Is It Rational To Trust Your Gut Feelings? A Neuroscientist Explains
by Matt Bertone, North Carolina State University
I know it may be hard to convince you, but let me try: Don’t kill the next spider you see in your home.
Article is continued here: Should You Kill The Spiders In Your Home?
by Graeme Fairchild and Christina Stadler
Although riots are an extreme form of public disorder, exposure to community violence is a common experience for many…
Article is continued here: How Living In Violent Communities Can Affect Children's Antisocial Behavior
by Thomas Culham and Neha Shivhare, Simon Fraser University
Preliminary findings from a study conducted with business students at Simon Fraser University show that even 10 minutes…
Article is continued here: The Many Benefits Of Meditation In The Classroom
by Eunice Zhang, University of Michigan
Coca-Cola is the world’s most popular carbonated soft drink. The original is made with sugar, but the others contain…
Article is continued here: How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet
by Kerry Rippy, Colorado State University
Imagine standing in front of a wall of windows, surveying the view. “Here is the video I wanted to show you.” At the…
Article is continued here: Smart Windows Could Combine Solar Panels And TVs Too
by Michael Blake, University of Washington
Since the inauguration of Donald Trump as president, members of his administration have made many statements best…
Article is continued here: Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies
by Susan Sered, Suffolk University
Helping people with pain, whether it be physical or emotional, could limit the need for opioids. Data indicate that…
Article is continued here: How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction
by Jake Murray, Boston University
High student debt levels and low salaries can make it difficult for graduates to get ahead. Even though for-profit…
Article is continued here: 4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend
by Steven Townsend, Vanderbilt University
You’ve probably heard that breast milk provides all the energy requirements, vitamins and nutrients that an infant…
Article is continued here: What's In Mothers Milk And Why It's Important To A Baby's Health
by Vera Tobin, Case Western Reserve University
As a cognitive scientist who studies the relationship between cognition and narratives, I know that movies – like all…
Article is continued here: How Writers Exploit Our Brains With Plot Twists
by Sabine Doebel, University of Colorado
Is self-control something you can acquire, like a new language or a taste for opera? Or is it one of those things you…
Article is continued here: Can Self-Control Be Learned, and Why Does It Matter?
by Jill S. Greenlee, Brandeis University
Motherhood is taking center stage in U.S. politics. Two Democratic gubernatorial candidates, Maryland’s Krish…
Article is continued here: How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership
by Sylvia Jaworska, University of Reading
Almost every climate scientist agrees human-caused climate change is a major global threat. Yet, despite efforts over…
Article is continued here: How Big Oil Distorts Climate Change Reality With Tweaks In Language
by Toby Pillinger, King's College London
Schizophrenia is considered a disorder of the mind, influencing the way a person thinks, feels and behaves. But our…
Article is continued here: How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain
Written by Pam Younghans
This 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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