Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.
This week we focus on relationships... with ourselves, with others, and with the world... and how we can heal and improve our connection with all of those.
We start with an author who exudes love and inner peace, Pierre Pradervand. He shares his method of healing himself and the world in "Blessing: A Way of Sending Love, Peace, Healing and Goodness to the World". We continue the journey with Barry Vissell who presents "The Two Important Components of a Successful Relationship". While Barry speaks of romantic or married couples, all these teachings apply to relationships in general.
Michael Gelb, author of "The Art of Connection", tells us that creating better connections requires "Vulnerability: Being Open, Accessible, Sensitive and Dropping the Armor". Charlie Bloom invites us into his personal story and marriage in "The Winds of Grace Can Sometimes Feel Like A Curse". And we round it up with a heart chakra meditation in "The Heart Chakra: Where Matter and Spirit Meet".
And of course, we have numerous additional articles on a variety of topics such as: weight loss, Alzheimer's, printable solar panel (yes, you read that right: printable). We read about teenagers and reading, anorexia, love at first sight, mental health, chronic pain, climate anxiety, memory loss, hurricanes, stereotypes, green energy, etc. etc. Scroll down below for the entire list of new 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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Written by Pierre Pradervand
Blessing is a way of sending unconditional love, peace, healing, goodness to a person or a situation, or simply seeing them bathed in that love. Blessing isn’t associated with any religious denominations. It can be practiced by anyone, and I have an atheist friend who purchased my first edition of The Gentle Art of Blessing, and even gave copies away!
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Written by Barry Vissell
A successful relationship has two very important components: learning to love yourself first, and then learning to love another person. Too many people ignore the first part, then wonder why it’s so hard to love another. It’s like expecting to water a plant with an empty water pitcher. Or trying to put on your child’s oxygen mask when the airplane cabin pressure drops, but passing out from lack of oxygen before you can get it on.
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Written by Michael J. Gelb
Vulnerability isn’t timidity or weakness. Rather, it’s an acknowledgment that we are sensitive, alive, and affected emotionally by our interactions and experiences. When we are open and accessible, we are able to connect with ourselves, and we make it much easier for others to connect with us.
Article is continued here: Vulnerability: Being Open, Accessible, Sensitive and Dropping the Armor
Written by Linda & Charlie Bloom
It’s been said that whatever brings us to face the essential truth of our lives may be called “grace.” Frequently, grace assumes a form that feels more like a curse than a blessing. It can be a life-threatening illness, the loss of a family member, being fired from a job, the kids leaving home (or coming back), divorce, a serious accident, or any number of possible crises that can be encountered in one’s life.
Article is continued here: The Winds of Grace Can Sometimes Feel Like A Curse
Written by Michelle S. Fondin
The heart chakra is where matter and spirit meet. It marks the halfway point, with three chakras below and three above. This is a very important chakra indeed, as it’s our center of love and connection. Here you move into a greater awareness and love flows from you. You are peaceful, joyful, and compassionate. Your actions are no longer self-serving but are motivated by helping others overcome suffering.
Article is continued here: The Heart Chakra: Where Matter and Spirit Meet
by Jean Twenge
Most of us spend much more time with digital media than we did a decade ago. But today’s teens have come of age with…
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by James Kuzner
For a lecture course I teach at Brown University called “Love Stories,” we begin at the beginning, with love at first…
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by Simon McCarthy-Jones
"They may take our lives, but they will never take our freedom!" This often parodied quote from Mel Gibson’s William…
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by Bita A. Kash and Stephen L. Jones
Can you imagine a future where the question “Did you bring a copy of your test results?” becomes entirely unnecessary?…
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by Sanjay Goel
Now that school is back in session, many high schoolers have new phones, new computers and new privileges for using…
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by Tomas Bokedal
In the years after Jesus was crucified at Calvary, the story of his life, death and resurrection was not immediately…
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by Jonathan Johnston and Rona Antoni
Time-restricted eating (also called time-restricted feeding) is a new dietary concept that involves reducing the time…
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by Andy Turner
The US Open championship tennis tournament is well and truly underway. Venus and Serena Williams, Maria Sharapova,…
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by Paul Dastoor
Australia’s first commercial installation of printed solar cells, made using specialised semiconducting inks and…
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by Andrew Lavender
Many older people find they’re not able to move as freely as they did when they were younger. They describe their…
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by Catherine Wade and Julie Green
We know from new research that children whose mothers are depressed may respond differently to stress, have altered…
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by Richard Holden
Last week, the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City held its much anticipated annual central banking conference in…
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by Jim Dryden
It may be possible in the future to screen patients for Alzheimer’s disease using a simple eye exam, according to new…
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by Sarah Linnstaedt
Unfortunately, almost every individual in the world will experience at least one traumatic event, such as a car crash,…
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by Stuart Murray
Anorexia nervosa is a psychiatric illness that primarily effects young people during their adolescence. While anorexia…
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by Katie Hayes, Blake Poland, Mark Hathaway
This summer, wildfires erupted in California, torrential rains flooded parts of Japan, and record-breaking temperatures…
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by Kristin Natalier
When talking about separation and divorce, media and personal stories often focus on relationships characterised by…
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by Keith Booker and Isra Daraiseh
The crass, three-ring-circus texture of the current crowd in Washington recalls the degraded America depicted in Mike…
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by Karen Newbigging
Poor mental health among young people is on the rise in the UK, while access to support and treatment remains patchy.…
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by Duane Mellor, Daniel Amund, and Isabella Nyambayo
The news that, after 106 years, Captain Scott’s fruitcake was found by the Antarctic Heritage Trust and “smelled…
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by Carol Clark
Even before toddlers can form a complete sentence, they’re attuned to how others may be judging them, according to a…
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by Primrose Freestone
We’ve all been there, you’re desperate for the loo, and frantically hunting for a toilet, only to find when you get…
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by Angie Hunt
Children of divorce are less likely to earn a four-year or graduate degree, according to a new study. The study is one…
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by Caroline Brooks
While many economists assume the “invisible hand” theory influences markets, new research finds a disruptor has turned…
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by Matt Swayne
Seeing time tick down quickly on a countdown clock may give people more patience than seeing time pass slowly would. In…
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by Catherine Loveday
When I give talks, I am often approached by people who are worried about their memory. Maybe they are studying for an…
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by H. Peter Soyer and Katie Lee
Everyone has had the unpleasant experience of a rash on the skin – pink, red or purple, flat or bumpy, itchy, scaly…
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by Chanh Kieu
Hurricane Harvey, with its historical amount of rainfall over Texas, followed by a string of Hurricanes Irma, Jose and…
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by Cameron Webb
Insect repellents can be safe and effective but many people are reluctant to rub what they perceive to be smelly or…
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by Chris G. Pope
Renewable energy is increasingly inevitable, and those that dominate the markets in these new technologies will likely…
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by Magdalena Zawisza
From “girls suck at maths” and “men are so insensitive” to “he is getting a bit senile with age” or “black people…
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by Jamie Hartmann-Boyce
Everybody knows that to lose weight you should eat less and move more. But, of course, it’s not that simple; the…
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by Florence Mowlem
Asked what they know about attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, many people will likely tell you that it…
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by Emanual Maverakis, Carlito Lebrilla and Jenny Wang
When you think of sugar, you probably think of the sweet, white, crystalline table sugar that you use to make cookies…
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by Yasmine Probst and Ruth Crowe
Worldwide, people are not eating enough fruit and vegetables. In Australia, less than 4% of us meet the Australian…
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by Craig Gunn and Sally Adams
If you drink alcohol, it’s likely you’re familiar with some of the effects of a hangover. Headaches, nausea and fatigue…
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by Edwin Ip, Alexander Saeri and Morgan Tear
Small changes in how choices are presented or designed can have a big impact on our behaviour. Governments are taking…
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by Vox channel
Not everyone will readily admit to peeing in swimming pools, but it does happen. An anonymous survey from 2012 found…
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by Hassan Vally
There are many ways to get around a city. You can drive a car or ride a motorcycle. In many cities you have the option…
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by Elizabeth Sherman
Arizona Sen. John McCain – scion of Navy brass, flyboy turned Vietnam war hero and tireless defender of American global…
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by Richard Halfpenny
Surprisingly few of the more than 3,000 mosquito species actually specialise in biting humans. Instead, most are…
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by Jan Hoole and Daniel Allen
If you live with a dog you just know when it’s happy or miserable, don’t you? Of course you do. Even the scientific…
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Written by Pam Younghans
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