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This week we reflect on our habits... some that are unconscious (good ones like breathing) and the ones we may or may not be aware of (a.k.a. the "bad" ones). However, the good news is that all habits can be upgraded and/or changed to ones that support a happier and healthier lifestyle.
You may think referring to breathing as a habit is a bit strange, yet it is an automatic and unconscious process of the body that we can improve by being conscious of it, as shown in the article: "Breath: The True Barometer of Your Health".
Then there are things we do that we may not consider as habits, yet they've become so entrenched in our lives that they are. Two examples: stress and being over-busy. Jude Bijou reminds us "Don't Let Stress Get The Upper Hand", and Yvonne Tally instructs us on "Giving Busy the Boot: Kicking Your Busy Habits". Pankaj Vij, MD provides some ways to turbo-charge your metabolism in "Habit Hacking: Optimizing Your Settings".
While we tend to think of habits as physical things we do (or don't do), emotional behaviors can also be habits. Eileen Workman encourages us to develop the habits of compassion, kindness, generosity, intimacy, grace, and sustainability (among others) in "Transforming Humanity By Becoming Whole".
And of course, our additional articles also help us along the path of creating a better world for ourselves and for all of humanity by bringing us "food for thought" as well as "food for the heart". Scroll down below for the links and short intros to all of the new articles 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 Jude Bijou, M.A., M.F.T.
We've become so focused on how we'll maneuver to fit it all in that we no longer stop to smell the roses or breathe in the fresh air. Desperately we strive to gain control over the unknown. And we are hard on ourselves when we don't measure up to some internalized standard. Summed up, we're "stressed" out. Does this apply to you or someone you know?
Article is continued here: Don't Let Stress Get The Upper Hand
Written by Yvonne Tally
The busy habit is just like any other habit — breaking it takes practice. You may be accustomed to rushing from place to place, saying yes when you really need and want to say no, or being the go-to person all the time, and it’s exhausting! I’m sure you know far too well what that feels like...
Article is continued here: Giving Busy the Boot: Kicking Your Busy Habits
Written by Guy Joseph Ale
Breath is the foundation of everything, and everything begins with breath. Breath is the true barometer by which to measure your mental, physical, and emotional states: levels of anxiety, fitness, tightness, ease, or stress. The quality of your breath indicates how balanced and aligned the different systems of your body are at any given time.
Article is continued here: Breath: The True Barometer of Your Health
Written by Pankaj Vij, MD, FACP
While healthy eating, regular physical exercise, stress management, and getting enough sleep constitute advice that our grandparents might have provided, we all need the tools to move from knowing to doing, from thought to belief to massive action.
Article is continued here: Habit Hacking: Optimizing Your Settings
Written by Eileen Workman
If we’ve learned anything, it’s that we create less of whatever we fail to reward and more of what we reward. It should therefore come as no surprise that the creative outputs and capacities of our two most neglected centers—heart and spirit—are marginalized in society today.
Article is continued here: Transforming Humanity By Becoming Whole
by Alana Clifton-Cunningham
Underpants. We tend not to talk about them but they are a fact of life...
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by Rachel Harrison
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by Mackenzie Graham
One of the biggest questions in ageing research is whether there is a ceiling on how long human beings can live.
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by Chanapa Tantibanchachai
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by Parker Posey
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by Sarah Hambidge
A couple of years ago, I met Adam (not his real name) at a farm in Dorset. Adam was 14 and had been excluded from…
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by Titus Stahl
In the late 2000s and early 2010s, the word ‘hope’ was ubiquitous in Western politics. While its use in the Barack…
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by Sallie Krawcheck
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by Neha Shivhare and David Kaufman
Research shows that playing games can enhance our personal, social and emotional well-being, as well as our mental…
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by Steve Kassem
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by Laurel Mellin
Americans have been barraged by a series of major news events – some of them unsettling. Many have been left unsettled…
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by Ching-Yu Huang
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by Janelle Shane
Will the intelligent algorithms of the future look like general-purpose robots, as adept at idle banter and reading…
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by Melissa De Witte
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by Joanne M. Pierce
When a family member or a friend passes away, we often find ourselves reflecting on the question “where are they now?”…
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by Sara Bir
The Himalayan blackberry was introduced to North America as a food crop. Like a Gremlin doused with water, it escaped…
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by Anna Beale and Shane Nanayakkara
Humans have been aware of their heart rate for thousands of years. But knowing the meaning behind the beats isn’t so…
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by Adam Morgan
“A red sky at night is a shepherd’s delight! A red sky in the morning is a shepherd’s warning.”
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by Werner Antweiler and Sumeet Gulati
Ontario’s new premier, Doug Ford, is scrapping the province’s cap-and-trade program, designed to reward businesses that…
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by Lee Hooper
Many people take a daily omega 3 supplement in the belief that it is good for their heart. But our latest research, a…
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by James McCue
Around the world, the idea of adulthood - when it happens and how it is defined - is being challenged.
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by Olivia Remes
Loneliness is a common condition affecting around one in three adults. It damages your brain, immune system, and can…
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by Shelly Leachman
Just how far apart are Republicans and Democrats when it comes to views on climate change? Not all that far, a new…
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by Lori Barrette
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The old statistics axiom that correlation doesn’t imply causation is true, but causation can be drawn from more than…
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by Adam Barsouk
Today, your body will accumulate quadrillions of new injuries in your DNA. The constant onslaught of many forms of…
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by Lionel Page and Romain Gauriot
How much is success down to skill or just a lucky break?
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by Mandie Shean
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by Jan Hoole and Daniel Allen
The soaring temperatures in Europe and North America have seen a rise in reports of dogs being rescued from hot cars.
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by Heather Woods
The smart device market is exploding. Smart home kits for retrofitting “non-smart” houses have become cheaper.
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by Karin Klein
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by Vincent Ho
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by Paul A Kottman
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by James Dyke and Tim Lenton
While there is good evidence for life at least 3.7 billion years ago, we don’t know precisely when it started.
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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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