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Many things in life get a "bad rap": stress, the left-brain, the right-brain, disease, painful memories... but as with everything, there are always two sides to everything. For example: some stress is natural and beneficial; the left-brain and right-brain both have a role to play; disease is the body's distress signal and can serve as a wake up call. Everything has a purpose.
We may need to ask ourselves: are we "Addicted to Stress?" Perhaps we somehow enjoy the adrenaline rush of the stressful times, or we think that without stress we wouldn't be "proving" that we can handle "it". Or maybe stress makes us feel alive, like the mounting tension at a horse race.
Our task is to discover the higher purpose of each event or person that appears in our life. Challenges are there to help teach us something and perhaps to lead us to discover an inner strength and create a miracle. Joyce Vissell tells us that "Each One Of Us Can Be A Miracle For Someone Else"... and for our own selves, and for the world, as well.
We've acted "small" for a long time... Now it's time to turn the page on that story and start one of empowerment. Mahatma Gandhi is quoted as saying: “The difference between what we do and what we are capable of doing would suffice to solve most of the world’s problems.” Once we learn "How To Keep Our Power When Making Big Decisions", we will be guided to taking actions that will lead us to where we desire to be: living a life of joy, love, peace, and health (for all).
An important task we all face, if we want to become whole and happy, is "Attaining Balance Between The Two Halves Of The Brain". We also need to face the "facts of our current planetary challenges" and do something about them. Read "Holy Dog, It's "Hot As Spain!"" for some information and insights. We are not powerless, we need to take action and realize that "It's Time To Awaken The Higher Brain".
The stars always align for us -- whether we are aware of it or not -- and Sarah Varcas shares the planetary energies of August in "Radical Remembrance: Integrate, Transmute, and Progress".
Scroll down for the links to our featured articles as well as the numerous additional articles for the week.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, and loving week and a "progressive" month of August.
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Julie M. Simon
Some of us handle stress better than others. Our ability to handle stress without turning to substances is determined not only by our innate constitution but also by the social support we experience early in life.
Article is continued here: Are You Addicted to Stress?
Written by Barbara Heider-Rauter
We feel good when both the rational and emotional parts of our brain interact perfectly and are in balance. Things to do with our feelings and emotions are dealt with by the right side, while the left side handles analytical thinking.
Article is continued here: Attaining Balance Between The Two Halves Of The Brain
Written by Tammy Billups
Keeping your power in every decision is necessary for your growth and for making better, clearer choices. Trusting yourself when you’re stressed out can feel overwhelming and scary.
Article is continued here: How To Keep Your Power When Making Big Decisions
Written by Joyce Vissell
Miracles happen all the time. You probably know someone who has had a miracle happen to them, or maybe a miracle has happened to you.
Article is continued here: Each One Of Us Can Be A Miracle For Someone Else
Written by Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com
Now it's so hot in Europe that dogs are having to wear shoes. While a nice sunny day may seem like the perfect time for a stroll with your pet pooch, Swiss police are urging dog owners to cover their pets' paws.
Article is continued here: Is "Hot As Spain" Now The Gold Stardard Cry For The Temperature-Abused?
Written by Michael Cotton, D.C.
The old lower reptilian brain is designed to keep you from being eaten by a tiger. The higher brain does the opposite, it turns on your body’s ability to rejuvenate and feel a sense of inner calm and meaning. That feeling of well-being is meant to be your natural state.
Article is continued here: It's Time To Awaken The Higher Brain
Written by Sarah Varcas
August begins in the middle of an eclipse season which continues until the 15th. Last month was an intense journey for many, with solar and lunar eclipses challenging even the most balanced among us! As we embark on a new month we have one more solar eclipse to come on the 11th before things begin to ease.
Article is continued here: Radical Remembrance: Integrate, Transmute, and Progress
by Susan Kelley
While many factors are at play, we can blame our brains—at least to some degree—for our poor saving habits, according…
Article is continued here: How Our Brains Keep Us From Saving Money
by Jesse Grady
“Just how old do you think my dog is in dog years?” is a question I hear on a regular basis.
Article is continued here: How Old Is My Pet In Dog Years Or Cat Years?
by Patricia Smith and Jay L. Zagorsky
Two things people often think about are money and their appearance. Past research has shown that there is a correlation…
Article is continued here: Does Thinking You Look Fat Affect How Much Money You Earn?
by Robert Noggle
Calling someone manipulative is a criticism of that person’s character. Saying that you have been manipulated is a…
Article is continued here: How To Tell The Difference Between Persuasion And Manipulation
by Richard G Bugs Stevens
Light pollution is often characterized as a soft issue in environmentalism. This perception needs to change. Light at…
Article is continued here: Is LED Lighting A Global Blight To Health
by Emil Jeyaratnam and Wes Mountain
Alcohol is a depressant, a diuretic, and a disinfectant. These generally aren’t pleasant attributes, but people have…
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by Febe Armanios and Boğaç Ergene
For many non-Muslims, the fast food carts that line the streets of New York City and San Francisco are their primary…
Article is continued here: For Many Muslim Grocery Shoppers, A Shifting Definition Of Halal
by Tamara Hew-Butler
With August football practice fast approaching, every coach’s favorite cheer will be to “stay hydrated” and “keep urine…
Article is continued here: Overhydrating Presents Health Hazards For Young Football Players
by Melissa De Witte
Professional women have strong reasons to ignore recommendations that urge them to have a more visible presence at…
Article is continued here: Why Some Women Prefer Intentional Invisibility At Work
by Jeff Falk
A new study suggests that two sets of dynamics initiate and perpetuate the kinds of leaps of faith firefighters and…
Article is continued here: What Gives Firefighters The Nerve To Run Into A Fire?
by Sophie Medlin
Veganism, the plant-based diet which shuns meat and dairy, is having its time in the sun. Since 2008, there has been a…
Article is continued here: How Your Body Changes From Day One On A Vegan Diet
by Shekhar Chandra
When we decide between alternative courses of action, an immediate consideration is whether our choice will serve us…
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by Rachel Sullivan Robinson
Nigeria and Mississippi are a world apart physically, but the rural American state and the African country have much in…
Article is continued here: Sex Education Lessons From Mississippi And Nigeria
by Henry Cowles
Sales of George Orwell’s utopian novel 1984 (1949) have spiked twice recently, both times in response to political…
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by Britta Denise Hardesty and Qamar Schuyler
Plastic bags harm marine (and land) environments in a few ways. Turtles (and other animals) may mistake plastic bags…
Article is continued here: How Plastic Bags Harm Our Environment And Sea Life
by Sophie Medlin
A diet developed in the 1920s to treat children with epilepsy is suddenly all the rage. The ketogenic diet, or “keto…
Article is continued here: What You Need To Know About The Keto Diet
by Steve W. Martin
Why do batteries die? And, why can they only be recharged so many times before they won’t hold a useful amount of…
Article is continued here: Why Does Our Phone Battery Die So Fast?
by David Bissell
Few activities that bead our everyday lives have earned such dubious notoriety as commuting. That the words “hell” and…
Article is continued here: How The Everyday Commute Is Changing Who We Are
by Stephen Law
The duck-rabbit image above is one of the most iconic in philosophy – so iconic that a former undergraduate of mine had…
Article is continued here: Do You See A Duck Or A Rabbit: Just What Is Aspect Perception?
by Leah Dowling and Louise Dunn
Red meat is an excellent source of protein and essential nutrients such as iron, zinc, vitamin B12 and omega-3 fats…
Article is continued here: Is Organic, Grass Fed And Hormone-free Red Meat Any Healthier?
by Cassandra Moseley
Hopes for fewer large wildfires in 2018, after last year’s disastrous fire season, are rapidly disappearing across the…
Article is continued here: A "Perfect Storm" Of Factors Is Making Wildfires Bigger And More Expensive To Control
by Richard Gunderman
Gratitude may be more beneficial than we commonly suppose. One recent study asked subjects to write a note of thanks to…
Article is continued here: The Lifesaving Power Of Gratitude And Why You Should Write That Thank You Note
by Gerry Everding
Memories of past events play a key role in how our brains model what’s happening in the present and predict what is…
Article is continued here: How Memories Shape Ideas About Our Present And Future
by Hanae Armitage
The level of sugar in an individual’s blood—especially in individuals who are considered healthy—fluctuates more than…
Article is continued here: Why After Cereal, Even Healthy People’s Blood Sugar Spikes
by Richard Forno
The Russian attacks on the 2016 U.S. presidential election and the country’s continuing election-related hacking have…
Article is continued here: Understanding The Battle For Your Mind
by Geoffrey M Hodgson
Rising inequality is one of the biggest social and economic issues of our time. It is linked to poorer economic growth…
Article is continued here: What The World Can Learn About Equality From The Nordic Countries
by James Devitt
How we perceive the emotion on someone else’s face depends on how we understand these emotions, research finds.
Article is continued here: How We Project Our Own Sense Of Emotions Onto Others’ Faces
by Diwakar Davar
Could the poop of some cancer patients hold the key to treating certain cancers in all people?
Article is continued here: Can Your Gut Microbes Hinder Your Cancer Treatment?
by Hannah Hickey
Global warming isn’t the cause of slowdown in a huge circulation pattern in the Atlantic Ocean, which is, in fact, part…
Article is continued here: Is Climate Change Really To Blame For Slower Atlantic Circulation
by Mathew Schmalz
Claims about supernatural phenomena, including weeping statues, have historically been common in Catholicism.
Article is continued here: What Is Behind Belief In Weeping Virgin Mary Statues
by Angie Hunt
Women who respond positively to benevolent sexism aren’t unaware of its links to sexism, new research suggests.
Article is continued here: Why Some Women Are Into Benevolent Sexism
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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