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This week we look at expectations. While expectations are about the future, we usually have formed them based on past events, or past teachings. Thus we may be stuck in recreating old realities because our thoughts and beliefs and expectations are based on old dogma and old theories. Some of them we may not even be aware of as they just are part of our belief that "that's just the way things are".
So this week, we start out by looking at the expectations we have of science and of nature which have been tainted, or formed, by the scientific discoveries of centuries past. (Read: Awakening From The Trance Of Mad Objectivity and The Myth of Mastery.) Then we continue with a look at traditional psychotherapy which is also based on theories from centuries ago... (Trapped in Therapy? The Problem with Psychiatry and Psychotherapy)
We have evolved, yet our beliefs and our methodologies are sometimes still stuck in old patterns, thus not letting us progress past old beliefs and formulas. Even our spiritual path is fraught with old beliefs and expectations... (Read: Seven Myths and Seven Facts About Meditation) And in our personal relationships, we restrain ourselves from trusting fully and loving unconditionally because of past experiences or interpretations of our past experiences. Eileen Caddy sheds light on how to move past this barrier in "Choosing to Feel Safe and Choosing to Love".
And of course, expectations don't have to be negative. Perhaps the ones that we have formed and not examined may be negative, but we can change our expectations and create a whole new experience for ourselves. For more on this process, read The Positive Side of Expectations: Encouraging the Behavior We Want from Others (and I would add, of ourselves as well).
And, as we do every week, we have numerous additional articles on a variety of topics for your enjoyment and edification. Scroll down below for all the new articles of the 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 Julie J. Morley
The ancient understanding of the universe was as a unified whole. Parmenides described the universe as a single, unified block of being. Then Plato split apart this unity with his ontological distinction between Heaven and Earth. Descartes’s mind-body dualism further removed humanity from nature by excluding consciousness from the natural world.
Access the complete article here: Awakening From The Trance Of Mad Objectivity...
Written by Robert T. London, M.D.
In the first year of training, which was mainly inpatient psychiatry, learning to treat patients, attending daily lectures, and having individual supervision, we also had a weekly group therapy session for all the trainees. This included residents from all the years of training, so it was a pretty big group, run by two psychiatrists.
Access the complete article here: Trapped in Therapy? The Problem with Psychiatry and Psychotherapy
Written by Dr. Miguel Farias and Dr. Catherine Wikholm
For the secularized mind, meditation fills a spiritual vacuum; it brings the hope of a better, happier individual and the ideal of a peaceful world. That meditation was primarily designed not to make us happier but to destroy our sense of individual self – who we feel and think we are most of the time – is often overlooked in the science and media stories.
Access the complete article here: Seven Myths and Seven Facts About Meditation
Written by Eileen Caddy MBE and David Earl Platts, PhD.
We have found the primary reason most of us do not make the choice to love more freely and fully is that we feel unsafe and insecure in some way about people, relationships, love or even life itself. We fear whatever might happen if we open ourself to giving and receiving love more readily.
Access the complete article here: Choosing to Feel Safe and Choosing to Love
Written by James Creighton
A self-fulfilling prophecy is a thought that makes us act in a way that brings about the expected outcome. In other words, because we expect something to happen, we act in ways that bring about what we expect, and that outcome in turn seems to prove that our expectation was correct.
Access the complete article here: The Positive Side of Expectations: Encouraging the Behavior We Want from Others
by Yasmin Anwar
Sleep-deprived people feel lonelier and less inclined to engage with others, avoiding close contact in much the same…
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by Jessica Trisko Darden
The names of American-born Hoda Muthana and Brit Shamima Begum have appeared in countless headlines in the United…
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by Yasmine Probst and Joel Craddock
The number of people who follow vegetarian or plant-based diets is growing rapidly. People might choose to be vegetarian for ethical, cultural or health-related reasons.
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by Amy Froide
One of the challengers at this year’s Oscars is “The Favourite,” a film set in the early 18th-century court of British…
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by Nana Ariel
One thing is certain about clichés: you wouldn’t be caught dead using them. They are widely scorned as signs of debased…
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by Gemma Witcomb
Barbie Millicent Roberts, from Wisconsin US, is celebrating her 60th birthday. She is a toy. A doll.
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by David S. Meyer
A gaggle of young activists recently paid Dianne Feinstein a visit at the senator’s San Francisco office, imploring her to support the Green New Deal framework for confronting climate change.
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by Paige Davis
Crabby crab is my four-year-old son Fisher’s imaginary friend. Crabby appeared on a holiday in Norway by scuttling out…
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by Clifton Mark
Meritocracy has become a leading social ideal. Politicians across the ideological spectrum continually return to the…
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by Marco Travaglio
It is that time of the year again. Whilst the Southern Hemisphere is coping with the sweltering heat of the summer,…
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by Bronwyn Orr
You might think raw meat pet food is good for your dog. But a new study, published today in Vet Record, has found it…
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by Paloma Mari-Beffa
Being caught talking to yourself, especially if using your own name in the conversation, is beyond embarrassing.
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by Marie Helweg-Larsen
Danes are some of the happiest people in the world, and they also happen to have a lot of cool words for ways to be…
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by Armand D'Angour
Where did Socrates, the foundational figure of Western philosophy, get the inspiration for his original ideas about…
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by Alexandru Dregan
The often painful and stigmatizing nature of chronic inflammatory disorders, such as psoriasis and rheumatoid…
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by Christian Jarrett
Abraham Maslow was the 20th-century American psychologist best-known for explaining motivation through his hierarchy of…
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by Alexis Blue
We tend to savor certain specific types of meaningful conversations, according to new research.
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by Michael D. Mehta
It may be natural, but there’s nothing safe or environmentally sound about heating your home with wood.
Access the complete article here: Blame Wood Burning Stoves For Winter Air Pollution And Health Threats
by Andrea Jane Reid and Steven J Cooke
Pacific salmon are one of Canada’s iconic creatures. Each summer, they complete their, on average, four- to…
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by Emily Spiers
It is no secret that women are still underrepresented in cinema – whether they work behind or in front of the camera.
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by Deepa Burman and Hiren Muzumdar
As clocks march ahead of time on March 10, 2019 and daylight saving time begins, there is a lot of anxiety around…
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by John Edens
Their grisly deeds and commanding presence attract our attention – look no further than Ted Bundy, the subject of a…
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by Simon Cotton
Everyone loves pancakes and wants to know the secret of cooking them.
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by Sylvie Albert, et al
The Fabrication City concept puts manufacturing back in the hands of communities — using 3D printers.
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by William Johnston
For Christians, the death and resurrection of Jesus is a pivotal event commemorated each year during a season of…
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by Lizzy Lowe, et al
Insects are important wildlife often overlooked in urban habitats. What we do notice are the cockroaches, ants and…
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by Alexandra Hansen
Vegetarianism is on the rise in Australia, as many vegetarians will gladly tell you.
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by Anita Collins and Misty Adoniou
Neuroscience has found a clear relationship between music and language acquisition. Put simply, learning music in the…
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by Derek Hodgson
The part of the brain that processes visual information, the visual cortex, evolved over the course of millions of…
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by Brandie Jefferson
New research shows how a new kind of genetically engineered pesticide moves through and degrades in the soil.
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by Melissa Barker and Rebecca Brewer
Eating is often believed to be entirely under our conscious control – we choose to eat when we are hungry or when we…
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by Wendy Hall
Parents worry about whether their teenagers are getting enough sleep.
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by Judy Illes
These courageous women broke down norms and survived wars, abuse and gender and racial discrimination.
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by Steve Calandrillo
In my research on daylight saving time, I have found that Americans don’t like it when Congress messes with their…
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by Christine Carson
For the past decade we’ve consistently heard antibiotics don’t work as well as they used to.
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by Jared Wadley
When meerkat mothers feel stressed, it alters the growth and behavior of their daughters in a way that makes them more…
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by Alison Jones
Without following a particular diet, overweight people in a new study who tracked what they ate with a free smartphone…
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by Maria Niarchou and Marianne van den Bree
In most of the trillion cells that make up our bodies, 23 pairs of chromosomes store the vital strands of DNA needed to…
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by Yasmin Anwar
Neural glitches in the sleep-deprived brain can intensify and prolong the agony of sickness and injury, research finds.…
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by Lisa Sugiura and Anne Kirby
“An evil suicide game” was how one newspaper described the “Momo challenge”, a so-called game that supposedly involved…
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by Timothy McKenry
Giving children an instrumental music education can be expensive. In addition to purchasing an instrument and paying…
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by Matti Wilks
The world is in the grips of a food-tech revolution. One of the most compelling new developments is cultured meat, also…
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Written by Pam Younghans
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