InnerSelf Newsletter: May 20th, 2018

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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
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InnerSelf.com
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK

Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away

Written by Kavitha Chinnaiyan, MD

Working with Pain and Illness and Making It Go Away

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


Tending the Fire of Spiritual Will and Creating the Experience of Union

Written by Maresha Donna Ducharme

Tending the Fire of Spiritual Will and Creating the Experience of Union

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


Why Is Understanding The Principle Of Reincarnation Important?

Written by Ellen Tadd

Why Is Understanding The Principle Of Reincarnation Important?

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?


I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

I Go To The Gym Every Day. Why Can’t I Lose Weight?

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?


Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness

Why We Need To Figure Out A Theory Of Consciousness

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


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4 Ways 'Internet Of Things' Toys Endanger Children

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


How The Genetic Basis Of Risk Taking Is Linked To Obesity And Mental Illness

How The Genetic Basis Of Risk Taking Is Linked To Obesity And Mental Illness

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


How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function

How Exercise Can Boost Your Brain Function

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


What Is Doxxing, And Why Is It So Scary?

What Is Doxxing, And Why Is It So Scary?

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?


Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice

Another Problem With China's Coal Is Mercury In Rice

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


How Sexism Makes Women Sick

How Sexism Makes Women Sick

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


How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us

How The Hard Work Of Wild Animals Benefits Us

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


Is It Rational To Trust Your Gut Feelings? A Neuroscientist Explains

Is It Rational To Trust Your Gut Feelings? A Neuroscientist Explains

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


Spiders

Should You Kill The Spiders In Your Home?

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?


How Living In Violent Communities Can Affect Children's Antisocial Behavior

How Living In Violent Communities Can Affect Children's Antisocial Behavior

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


The Many Benefits Of Meditation In The Classroom

The Many Benefits Of Meditation In The Classroom

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


How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

How Diet Soda May Be Hurting Your Diet

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


Smart Windows Could Combine Solar Panels And TVs Too

Smart Windows Could Combine Solar Panels And TVs Too

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


Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies

Why Bullshit Hurts Democracy More Than Lies

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


How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction

How Understanding Pain Could Curb Opioid Addiction

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


4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend

4 Financial Questions About Any College You Wish To Attend

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


What's In Mothers Milk And Why It's Important To A Baby's Health

What's In Mothers Milk And Why It's Important To A Baby's Health

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


How Writers Exploit Our Brains With Plot Twists

How Writers Exploit Our Brains With Plot Twists

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


Can Self-Control Be Learned, and Why Does It Matter?

Can Self-Control Be Learned, and Why Does It Matter?

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?


How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership

How Women On The 2018 Ballot Are Busting Perceptions Of Motherhood And Leadership

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


How Big Oil Distorts Climate Change Reality With Tweaks In Language

How Big Oil Distorts Climate Change Reality With Tweaks In Language

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


How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain

How Schizophrenia Affects The Body, Not Just The Brain

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


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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