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This week we look at what is sometimes considered the darker side of things... It can best be summed up perhaps with the title of one of the our featured articles: Life Is A Messy Business. We reflect on pain - both emotional and physical, grieving and death, using dreams to heal from emotional pain, and then we move on to the next step, starting fresh in rebirth.
Please scroll down for the list of articles and the info and links for the featured articles as well as the numerous additional articles 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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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Deborah Sandella PhD RN
Science is rapidly proving that the mind, brain, and body are tightly linked. Though emotional and physical pain register in the body similarly, the long-term effects of emotional pain are actually greater than those of physical pain.
Article is continued here: Living Is A Messy Business: Emotional and Physical Pain
Written by Sarah Anne Shockley
By facing pain, listening to it, and allowing it the room it was demanding anyway, my body began to relax a bit around the pain. I learned that constantly saying no to pain locks things in place. Relaxing into acceptance allows the possibility for the body to regenerate.
Article is continued here: What I Learned From Facing Pain
Written by Nancy Windheart
Tahlequah made headlines around the world as she carried the body of her dead calf at the surface of the water, sometimes on her head, sometimes in her mouth, for at least 10 days, in a heartbreaking “tour of grief”, as one of the foremost experts on her pod and her family, Ken Balcomb of the Whale Research Foundation, called it.
Article is continued here: An Orca Mother Grieves: Tahlequah and her Calf
Written by Lisa Smartt
The awe-filled exclamation of Apple’s Steve Jobs — “Oh, wow! Oh, wow! Oh, wow!” — is an example of the intensified language we hear at the threshold and is true to the personality of the inspired innovator. Chaz Ebert, wife of celebrity critic Roger Ebert, shared a detailed account of her husband’s last words, in Esquire in 2013...
Article is continued here: Final Words of the Dying: Hearing Is Healing
Written by Clare R. Johnson, PhD
In a 2016 New York Times article, “A New Vision for Dreams of the Dying,” the work of neurobiologist Dr. Christopher Kerr is discussed. Dr. Kerr believes that end-of-life dreams have a therapeutic function and can help not only the dying but also their families.
Article is continued here: Healing Dreams and Dreamwork For Grief And Loss
Written by Dena Merriam
Where do we go between births? One can look at this a different way and see birth as a death—a dying to the world of light, a suppression of those memories. Which is our true home? Which is the real going out: our visits to earth or our visits to the world of light?
Article is continued here: Where Do We Go Between Births?
by Alex Ford
New research shows that female starlings fed food spiked with the antidepressant fluxoxetine (Prozac), were less…
Article is continued here: How Antidepressants Are Changing Animals' Behavior
by Jocelyn Elise Crowley
A grey divorce is simply a divorce that occurs at or after the age of 50. Even though the divorce rate across all age…
Article is continued here: Baby Boomers Are Divorcing For Surprisingly Old-fashioned Reasons
by Peter Francis
Humans have gone unshod for millions of years; it is only in the last few centuries that people have started wearing…
Article is continued here: Why Children Should Spend More Time Barefoot
by Lisa Scullion and Graeme Sherriff
Life expectancy in the UK varies dramatically depending on where you live. As a recent BBC Panorama investigation…
Article is continued here: Poverty's Impact On Well-being Is Hard To Ignore
by Megan Lee and Susan Williams
Your body has just performed an amazing feat. Be kind to it.
Article is continued here: Why Dieting After Birth Can Make A New Mother's Self Esteem Worse
by Catherine Trask and Valerie L. Elliot
Agriculture is rated among the most dangerous industries by the International Labour Organization, and not just for…
Article is continued here: How To Improve Farm Safety For Kids
by Bobby Duffy
Research shows we think young people have a lot more sex than they do in reality – and men have a particularly skewed…
Article is continued here: Other People Are Having Way, Way Less Sex Than You Think They Are
by David Hill
After a night of heavy drinking, college students often get a case of the “drunchies”—drunk munchies—where only fatty,…
Article is continued here: Why Drunk College Students Go For Salty, Greasy Food
by Melissa De Witte
When outcry against offensive behavior on social media goes viral, people may see those challenging the behavior less…
Article is continued here: How Moral Outrage Online Can Backfire Big Time
by Morgan Sherburne
The majority of people who are online dating seek out partners who are more desirable than themselves, new research…
Article is continued here: Why Online Daters Seek Someone Out Of Their League
by Armand D'Angour
In 1932, the musicologist Wilfrid Perrett reported to an audience at the Royal Musical Association in London the words…
Article is continued here: Now We Finally Know How Ancient Greek Music Sounded
by Tawfiq Ammari
What dads do online helps them navigate gender roles as society changes.
Article is continued here: How New Fathers Use Social Media To Make Sense Of Their Roles
by Amy Irwin
We live in an age of rude politicians. In the US, Donald Trump has periodically monopolised the headlines since 2015…
Article is continued here: Does Rudeness Have A Legitimate Place In Politics?
by Lorna Harries and Matt Whiteman
The ability to reverse ageing is something many people would hope to see in their lifetime.
Article is continued here: Ageing In Human Cells Was Successfully Reversed In The Lab
by Louise Dunford
Diets are everywhere, but could eating “negative calorie” foods, such as celery and grapefruit, help to boost weight…
Article is continued here: Can Food Have Negative Calories?
by David A. Fleming-Muñoz and Stephan J. Goetz
World Cup football teams with a higher proportion of players smiling in their official portraits have scored more goals…
Article is continued here: How Happiness Helps Everything Be Better
by Kylie Baldwin
When people think of women freezing their eggs, it’s often seen as something to do if you want to get ahead in your…
Article is continued here: Egg Freezing: The Reality Of Putting Your Fertility On Ice
by Ben Harris
A new report out today from the Australian Health Policy Collaboration has found these four million Australians are at…
Article is continued here: Stroke, Cancer And Other Chronic Diseases More Likely For Those With Poor Mental Health
by Simran Jeet Singh
New Jersey’s first Sikh attorney general, Gurbir Singh Grewal, was a target of disparaging remarks recently.
Article is continued here: Who Are The Sikhs And What Are Their Beliefs?
by Thomas Culham
There are physical, emotional, mental and even business benefits to being virtuous, kind and acting with integrity.
Article is continued here: Is It Good For You To Be Good?
by Eve MacDonald
Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science…
Article is continued here: How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets And Meteors
by Simon Cotton
A survey of adolescents carried out by researchers at Coventry University has shown that than less than half of…
Article is continued here: How Safe Is Vaping?
by Char Miller
Every summer the U.S. Central Plains go dry, leading farmers to tap into groundwater to irrigate sorghum, soy, cotton,…
Article is continued here: Farmers Are Drawing Groundwater From The Giant Ogallala Aquifer Faster Than Nature Replaces It
by Patrick D. Nunn
Think of any sizeable water gap. It might be that between you and the island many kilometers off the coast, a place…
Article is continued here: Why We Needed Giants
by Calli Tzani Pepelasi
Childhood bullying is so common that it may not seem like a big deal. Up to 35% per cent of people are estimated to…
Article is continued here: Here's How To Spot The Signs Of Childhood Bullying
by Enrijeta Shino and Daniel A. Smith
When eligible citizens register to vote, it doesn’t necessarily mean that they will turn out.
Article is continued here: Your Voting Habits May Depend On When You Registered To Vote
by Hilary Hurd Anyaso
Multiple pregnancies might make women’s cells age more quickly, a new study suggests. The findings could help explain…
Article is continued here: Do Multiple Pregnancies Age Women’s Cells?
by Lucy Neville
When I tell people I’m studying women who like gay male porn I get some pretty mixed responses. Men tend to tilt their…
Article is continued here: Why Male-on-Male Erotica Is Hugely Popular Among Women
by David Prologo
There seems to be a lot of confusion regarding the value – or lack thereof – of muscle stretching to accelerate…
Article is continued here: Why Stretching Is Important For Weight Loss And Exercise
by Jay L. Zagorsky
A record number of tourists and business travelers visited a country other than their own in 2017, and this year is…
Article is continued here: How To Save Money When Traveling Abroad By Thinking Like An Economist
by Alexis Elder
Good friendships seem worth celebrating. But for many of us, tensions can appear from time to time between being a good…
Article is continued here: What Makes A Good Friend?
by Thomas Neitzert
Single-use biodegradable plastics include claims that they break down quickly into benign end products, but the reality…
Article is continued here: Why Compostable Plastics May Be No Better For The Environment
by Joel Frohlich
In the sixth century, Pope Gregory I compiled an infamous list of seven deadly sins. Of these seven, sloth is the only…
Article is continued here: On The Virtues Of Sleeping Like A Sloth
by Sylvain Charlebois
An increasing number of Canadians, especially those under 35, are cutting out meat from their diets – a trend that…
Article is continued here: The Rise Of The Conscious Carnivore
by University of Chicago
When it comes to predicting who is most likely to act in a trustworthy manner, one of the most important factors is the…
Article is continued here: This Trait Can Tell You Who’s Really Trustworthy
by Michael Loughlin
If you work in an office, the chances are there are some colleagues you would rather sit next to than others. But we’re…
Article is continued here: How Clean Is Your Desk? The Unwelcome Reality Of Office Hygiene
by Catherine L. Mah
Ontario’s minister of children, community and social services just announced that the Canadian province’s landmark…
Article is continued here: Basic Income Is A No-brainer In Economic Hard Times
by Bruce Goldman
People with depression have low blood levels of a substance called acetyl-L-carnitine, according to a new study.
Article is continued here: People With Depression Have Low Blood Levels Of This Stuff
Written by Pam Younghans
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