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This week we focus on stories... People love good stories as evidenced by the mega-billion-dollar movie industry world-wide. We all have stories we were told whether by tradition or people in our life, and of course, there are the stories we tell ourselves for many reasons. Our authors share some stories with you along with the lessons that came with those stories.
Stories have been used since time immemorial to teach and entertain. So this week we do the same. Joyce Vissell shares some experiences in "A Gift Behind Every Disappointment" while Rumi, a teacher revered for centuries, tells the tale of "The Students and the Teacher: A Rumi Story to Illumine, Delight, and Inform".
Lynn B. Robinson speaks of secrets and stories shared, in her article entitled "Considering The Impossibly Possible: Loving, Living, and Beyond" while Elena Mannes emphasizes the importance of listening in "Dogs Teach Us To Listen, Even After They've Died". Then, Shai Tubali encourages us to trust our heart's wisdom and shares a wonderful story about Kwan Yin in "Heart Wisdom: Your Heart Always Knows What Your Mind Forgets".
Our whole life is a story... sometimes the script is handed to us, but we always get to decide whether to go with it as is, or rewrite the script, or walk out of that set and pick a new script. I encourage you to look closely at the stories you've been told, the ones you tell yourself, and the one you are creating, to make sure the plot is heading in the direction you would prefer. After all, we are the director and lead actor in our own story, so we get to call "action" and "cut"... And remember, if the script does not call for "live, love, and laugh", the movie may be a downer. Have fun! Shine your light brightly! and go for it!
Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also the recap of all the articles that were added to the website during 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 Joyce Vissell
"There is a gift behind each disappointment and sadness." These are words my mother spoke to me countless times growing up. But we need to trust that a gift will come. This trusting can be difficult though, especially when it appears over time that no gift is coming.
Written by Maryam Mafi
Whatever our cultural or linguistic background, we can all claim some knowledge of the lives of others, and this knowledge has reached us through stories. These stories may have been told by an animated grandparent; maybe we heard them on the radio or encountered them during a religious-studies lesson at school, where we learned about the lives and times of saints, gods, and goddesses.
Written by Lynn B. Robinson, PhD
There really is no explanation nor prescription for loving, for being with and available to those you love until the last breath and then on. And there is no one way to provide the best possible care for your loved one or for yourself and others who are the caregivers.
Written by Elena Mannes
One day not long after Brio passed, I was driving on the highway, alone in the car. I’d been thinking of Brio and a few moments later heard clearly the sound of the metal tags on his collar clinking from the backseat, where he always rode. There was nothing else there that would have made that noise.
Written by Shai Tubali
Our brain is very often overcrowded with doubts and mistrust. We start to feel lost and confused, no longer sure of what is right and what is wrong. We hope so much that we will develop confidence in our mind and yet doubt always creeps in. But what can be done? How can we achieve any sense of knowing in such states, with so many contradictory thoughts running around in our mind?
by Claudia Row
How can we break the silence about what happens when we’re dying?
by Simon F. Haeder
Hardly a week goes by without another story in the media covering a family somewhere in America dealing with an…
by Nikki Martyn
We are born to connect. As human beings we are relational and we need biological, emotional and psychological…
by Melissa Kang
Is it normal for girls to masturbate and are there any health consequences?
by Eric Freedman
What happens when an illegally logged tree falls or poachers kill endangered brown bears in the forest, but there’s no…
by Patti Verbanas
Here is expert advice on how to avoid and recognize alcohol poisoning—both in yourself and others.
by Thomas Holt
France made headlines on Jan. 21 for fining Google US$57 million – the first fine to be issued for violations of the…
by Sam Illingworth
Science and poetry haven’t always got along. The English poet John Keats (who also trained as a medical doctor)…
by Martin De Saulles
Google is digesting its third whopping antitrust penalty from the European Commission, having been fined €1.5 billion…
by U. Melbourne
Easier access to electronic cigarettes containing nicotine is highly likely to lead to health gains and cost savings in…
by Rose S. Aslan
Following the terror attack on two New Zealand mosques in March 2019, many Muslim communities across the world gathered…
by Jonathan Bamber and Michael Oppenheimer
Antarctica is further from civilisation than any other place on Earth. The Greenland ice sheet is closer to home but…
by Mee Liisa Past and Keith Brown
Kremlin-backed attackers are working to influence the upcoming European Parliament elections, according to…
by Korey Pasch
The world has witnessed a shocking series of disastrous events in 2017. Devastating hurricanes and Mexico’s 7.1…
by Rachael Dwyer
The benefits of music education are widely reported. Playing an instrument has been shown to have significant cognitive…
by Nick Scroxton, et al
Giant 10-foot-tall elephant birds, with eggs eight times larger than an ostrich’s. Sloth lemurs bigger than a panda,…
by Elsie Whittington
The topic of sexual consent seems to be in the news on a daily basis, especially since #MeToo went viral one year ago.
by Anders Sandberg
The claim that humanity only has just over a decade left due to climate change is based on a misunderstanding.
by Joanne Orlando
Young people get a huge amount of their news from social media feeds, where false, exaggerated or sponsored content is…
by Alan Collins and Adam Cox
A slowdown in the economy, job losses, business closures, increasing energy bills: it’s not surprising that relentless…
by Murat Yücel
The important thing to remember with the sample in this study is it’s a healthy group. There’s no pathology or illness,…
by Dimitrinka Atanasova and Kjersti Fløttum
Days after the British parliament declared a “climate emergency”, The Guardian announced that it would start using…
by Richard Kingston and Ransford A. Acheampong
Since the 1920s, the car has revolutionised the way people travel; eliminating the constraints of distance while…
by Heidi Hutner and Erica Cirino
In November 2018, the Woolsey Fire scorched nearly 100,000 acres of Los Angeles and Ventura counties, destroying…
by Luc Bussiere
In a post-apocalyptic future, what might happen to life if humans left the scene? After all, humans are very likely to…
by Ricardo Twumasi
What’s in a name? A lot, according to research. Your name can have a huge influence on your prospects in life.
by Jessica Flanigan
Likeability, relatability, humor, wit, charm, good looks and a little disregard for convention have always helped…
by Angie Hunt
Hair may hold clues to the hormonal changes that come along with puberty, report researchers.
by Ziba Kashef
Researchers have pinpointed a key reason why people are more likely to get sick and even die from flu during winter…
by Hannah Jongsma
Not everyone is equally likely to develop psychosis. Since the 1930s we’ve known that large differences in risk exist…
by Laura Bailey
New research with fruit flies suggests how a high-sugar diet can promote overeating and obesity.
The Economic Cost Of Devastating Hurricanes And Other Extreme Weather Events Is Even Worse Than We Thought
by Gary W. Yohe
June marks the official start of hurricane season. If recent history is any guide, it will prove to be another…
by Robert Reich
Robert Reich and W. Kamau Bell explain the criminalization of poverty and the flaws in our criminal justice system.
by Mike Salvaris, et al
As the federal election approaches, we’re expected to drown in slogans like “lower taxes”, “wage growth”...
by Rebekah Russell-Bennett and Ryan McAndrew
Hedonism – the pursuit of pleasure, enjoyment, or fun – might sound like a strange way to tackle binge drinking.
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
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