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This week we reflect on the path to happiness. This path of the heart (What Are The Benefits of Walking the Heart Path?) includes self-validation and self-compassion (Practicing Self-Validation Is An Act Of Compassion), generating happiness (How to Experience More Happiness and Generate More Joy, Love, and Peace), and the willingness to heal and to be happy (Five Steps to the Healing Process). You might say, but of course I'm willing to be happy, however reading "A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion" may show you a different perspective.
These featured articles, as well as all the other articles this week, are intended to bring you information and understanding. Scroll down for information on each article and the links to read them.
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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Written by Julie M. Simon
When you’re experiencing recurring unpleasant feelings or familiar unmet needs and self-defeating thoughts, are you generally kind and gentle with yourself? Do you unconditionally accept all of your emotions, sensations, needs, and thoughts? Do you give yourself the empathy, compassion, warmth, and understanding you’d offer a close friend or family member?
Article is continued here: Practicing Self-Validation Is An Act Of Compassion
Written by Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.
Happiness is the current wave. It’s in book names, article titles, Coke ads, McDonald’s Happy Meals, and, you name it. I think happiness is a general word that encompasses the pure physical body sensations of the emotions of joy, love, and peace.
Article is continued here: How to Experience More Happiness and Generate More Joy, Love, and Peace
Written by Jeff D. Nixa
The heart is a key concept in shamanism, a specialized term that refers to one’s deep source of aliveness, spiritual center, soul, or core. The word core itself comes from the French word coeur, meaning “heart.” It is understood to mean our individual, localized expression of the Great Spirit, God, or Universal Consciousness. It is our individual wave moving upon the greater sea of spirit.
Article is continued here: What Are The Benefits of Walking the Heart Path?
Written by Corinne Zupko
Although the healing process can really occur in three simple steps — find your willingness to see differently, give your willingness to your Inner Therapist, and trust that it is done — I find that I often need more ways to separate myself from the ego because it hangs on so tightly. Or, perhaps, because I hang on to it so tightly.
Article is continued here: Five Steps to the Healing Process
Written by Tammy Billups
Over the years, I’ve seen and felt consistent messages flow from the animals I’ve loved and the thousands of animals I’ve been honored to work with that, when embraced by their humans as truth, have made a positive, life-changing difference in both of their lives. If your animal could write you a love letter, I think it would look something like this...
Article is continued here: A Love Letter to You from Your Animal Companion
by Catesby Holmes
Since President Donald Trump ordered border officials to criminally prosecute all people caught trying to cross the…
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by Angie Hunt
New research digs into how setbacks affect the pursuit of our goals, such as weight loss.
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by Benjamin Hardy
Problems can be overcome by just thinking about them differently. Often, says Benjamin Hardy, people think problems are…
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by Skye C Cleary
Philosophers love to hate Ayn Rand. It’s trendy to scoff at any mention of her. One philosopher told me that: ‘No one…
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by Randy Malamud
Mark Twain once said, ‘Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness."
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by Christopher Stevens
Given the state our bodies are in after exercise, and what alcohol does to our system, drinking after sport is a bad…
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by Johanna Buechler
The health risk presented by air pollution depends on how much dirty air we breathe over time. But people’s exposure to…
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by Michael Freeman
Many people have an appearance of dark circles on the lower eyelids, and they have many different causes.
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by Madeline Harms
Each year, more than 6 million children in the United States are referred to Child Protective Services for abuse or…
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by Karin Hammarberg
We know excess weight is linked to many adverse health consequences, but there is now growing understanding that it…
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by Robert Ralphs; Mike Salinas, and Rebecca Askew
With all the freedoms independent living entails, it’s maybe not surprising then that drug use tends to be much higher…
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by Leslie Henderson
Anti-immigrant policies, race-related demonstrations, Title IX disputes, affirmative action court cases, same-sex…
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by Jeremy David Engels
On June 21, on International Yoga Day, people took out their yoga mats and practiced sun salutations or sat in…
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by Alice M Gregory
If you believe in the paranormal you might not be surprised if you hear stories of deceased loved ones appearing during…
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by Michael von Massow and Alfons Weersink
There is broad, scientific consensus that antibiotic use in animal agriculture is increasing the risk of the…
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by Pryzmat Peter Barlow
We’d all dearly like to see a cure for the common cold, but it never quite seems to arrive. So what’s the hold up?
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by Giovanni Luca Ciampaglia, and Filippo Menczer
Social media are among the primary sources of news in the U.S. and across the world. Yet users are exposed to content…
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by Carolyn Scofield
Three out of four pediatricians disapprove of spanking, research finds.
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by Selin Malkoc
It can seem like there’s never enough time – not enough for sleep and not enough for play, not enough for cooking and…
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by Chris Irwin; Corneel Vandelanotte and Saman Khalesi
A visit to the supermarket these days can feel more like walking through a pharmacy, with an ever-expanding range of…
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by Matthew Bowman
Americans have debated what it means to be religious in politics throughout American history. Because a wide majority…
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by Robert W. Smith and Ed O'Brien
It happens fast. You crack open a bottle of your favorite drink and put it to your lips. The delicious flavor is nearly…
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by Stephen Schneider
The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for…
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by Brandie Jefferson
New research shows that recent interactions with their environment can guide where people look.
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by Andrew Brown
Studies have found consumption of chillies is inversely related to the risk of being overweight or obese.
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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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