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This week we take a look at personal responsibility. For years, many of us (myself included) gave away our power to "others"... whether those "others" were employers, spouses, friends, teachers, politicians, neighbors (as in "keeping up with the Joneses"), things "out of our control", etc. However, the consequences of our inactions have come around to bite us. Whether it is unhappiness at work or at home; inequality at work, at home, and on the planet as a whole; lack of personal or planetary health; etc. All of the giving up of responsibility is having consequences on our health, our happiness, and the health and happiness of Mother Earth and our brothers and sisters world-wide.
We are entering a new cycle... that of standing up and taking charge... of our own life, of our attitudes and actions, of our future. We can no longer afford to stand-by and let others make decisions for us. We have to dip into our own inner wisdom and make choices that are based on integrity and Love for All. Expediency, laziness, and financial gain are not the guidelines that we choose to follow. We choose integrity, harmony, love, compassion, and wanting the best for All... not just for ourselves and our immediate family and friends.
We have become aware of the oneness that surrounds us. An action taken by one affects many if not all. Even words spoken by one affect many if not all. It is time to wake up, shake off the cobwebs from our mind and our hearts, and take responsibility for creating a life and a world that works for All. We are all pieces of this gigantic puzzle and each piece is as important as the other. We might not be a corner-piece or an easily identified border piece in this puzzle, but we may be one of those elusive last pieces that we have been searching for... not lost, just misplaced or hiding in the shadows.
So this week, our authors help us make our way through the fog and reclaim our personal power. Scroll down for featured articles by Pierre Pradervand, Jude Bijou, Gwilda Wiyaka, and more. As well, of course, as the numerous additional articles on a variety of topics that were added to the InnerSelf website throughout the week.
Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, response-able, and loving week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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NEW ARTICLES THIS WEEK
Written by Pierre Pradervand
“Victimitis” – feeling a victim of some situation or person or any other claim – is one of the most widespread syndromes of our societies. Many people live their whole lives feeling victims of one thing or another – hence never become truly adult
Written by Jude Bijou
When we stand up and lovingly assert ourselves, we feel joy. We feel virtuous and good because we are following our inner wisdom. However, if we have unexpressed sadness this leads to us feeling small and unimportant, and consequently acting passive. When we feel reticent to speak up and act, it is a sign that we are compensating...
Written by Gwilda Wiyaka
Polarized, compartmentalized reality has us viewing ourselves as separate, not subject to the same laws, and forever alone. This leaves us vulnerable to a consumer-driven society. Anything that promises to relieve the illusion of unbearable aloneness and self-denial becomes extremely desirable, so much so that many of us will gladly mortgage our future for the promise of a moment's relief. This is the pain and suffering we have come to accept as reality.
Written by Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com
Ice on Fire is an outstanding documentary presented by Leonardo DiCaprio. It is equally as important as An Inconvenient Truth, the Academy Award winning film by Al Gore.
Written by Ora Nadrich
Our perceptions are based on our beliefs, and those beliefs influence how we see the world, which dictates our sense of reality. If we're open minded, we'll see the world through a much clearer and wider lens, and be more accepting, tolerant and compassionate. But if we're closed off or small minded, we're not going to be as tolerant, and can make snap judgments before we even give something or someone a chance.
Written by Sonja Grace
Our society is riddled with a myriad of dysfunctional behaviors and addictions, ways in which we attempt to deaden not only our own pain but the pain of others. And for some highly sensitive humans, appropriate boundaries around what belongs to them and what does not will become muddled.
Written by Sarah Varcas
21st June 2019 sees a number of astrological events occurring in quick succession, alerting us to a significant energetic shift. At 8:27 a.m. Neptune stations in its own sign of Pisces, beginning its annual five-month retrograde journey. At 2:03 p.m. the Moon becomes void-of-course in Aquarius until it enters Pisces exactly 24 hours later. This is a particularly long stint for a void-of-course moon.
by Steven DeKosky
Americans and others around the world have turned increasingly to dietary supplements in order to maintain or preserve…
by Ian Fouweather
Shock, horror, a new study shows the British public don’t like their jobs. Using smart phones researchers mapped the…
by Lynn Williams
Your partner’s personality can influence your life in all…
by Rebecca Willis
As the climate crisis is increasingly felt across the globe, protesters take to the streets and politicians scrabble to…
by Carmen Monico
President Donald Trump has long made blocking the thousands of Central Americans who head to the southern U.S. border…
by Shainaz Firfiray
UK employees have the longest working week compared to other workers in the European Union. But, despite the long…
by Tony St. Leger
You may be familiar with the idea that your gut and skin are home to a collection of microbes – fungi, bacteria and…
by David Dickinson
If you want your child to have a rich and fulfilling life, one of the best things you can do is help build your child’s…
by Madhur Anand
In a 2015 essay, poet and novelist Margaret Atwood wrote, “It’s not climate change, it’s everything change.”
by Anne R. Crecelius
Maybe it’s a bride standing in a hot chapel, or an exhausted runner after a race. It could be someone watching a…
by Gabriel Filippelli
You vacuum it, sweep it and wipe it off your furniture. But do you know what it actually is – and how it may affect…
by Joslyn Brenton et al
Have Americans forgotten how to cook? Many lament the fact that Americans spend less time cooking than they did in…
by Lisa Tang and Jess Haines
Summer is finally here, which means we can all look forward to some fun in the sun!
by Jan Hoole
It’s not unusual to slap a muzzle on a dog if it’s being aggressive or not keen on being given an injection, but a…
by Mandira Banerjee
To gain insight into the psychology of radicalization and terrorist violence, researchers scanned the brains of men who…
by Stephen Schneider
The summer solstice marks the official start of summer. It brings the longest day and shortest night of the year for…
by Jeremy Deaton
The next great agricultural revolution is here. Wine growers have a neat, if unusual, trick for making more flavorful…
by Olaf Weber and Vasundhara Saravade
The “tragedy of the horizons,” a term coined by Canada’s Mark Carney, governor of the Bank of England, has been…
by Achilleas Pavlou
Dreams can often be confusing and blurry experiences. Reduced critical thinking, little to no access to our true…
by Alisson Clark
You might feel bad about having a less-than-manicured lawn, but it’s great for bees and other pollinators.
by Ryan Anderson and Hannah Ford
For thousands of years, mothers have sung lullabies to help their babies and children fall asleep.
by Richard Gunderman
Long-time “Jeopardy!” host Alex Trebek announced in March that he had been diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer.
by Joseph E. Kennedy
In the long-running television drama “Breaking Bad,” viewers watched the moral devolution of Walter White, a…
by Sonia Fernandez
A new study quantifies the effects of political lobbying on the likelihood of climate policy enactment.
by Texas A&M University
A vasectomy, or male sterilization, is a very effective, relatively simple option for permanent birth control.
by Mathias Traczyk
The benefits of exercise may differ depending on the time of day when you work out, a new study in mice suggests.
by Will Andrews
According to those in the industry, and researchers too, driverless cars will totally revolutionise the way we think…
by Adam Davies
What does it mean to be a “good father?” While playing catch as a form of father-son bonding can be a good thing, it is…
by Jocelyn Stacey
“The fires were never a threat to us. It was the state that was the threat.” The environment does not create disasters…
by Annie Sutherland
The ongoing TV adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale has done much to remind us of the astonishing pertinence of Margaret…
by Nathalie Mezza-Garcia
By end of the century, rising seas will flood more than 500 coastal cities, affecting 1.5 billion people worldwide.…
by Allaina Kilby
When Jon Stewart quit the Daily Show, the satirical news and comedy show he hosted for 16 years until August 2015, he…
by Tracy Humphrey
As many as one in four women in the UK now give birth by caesarean section, the vast majority of them carried out by…
by Dave Little and Richard Newton
Salmon is not only tasty but is prized for being low fat and high in rich omega-3 oils.
by Mariana Brussoni
What if there was a simple, inexpensive and fun way to address some of the major challenges facing humanity today.
by Shelley Marshall
The idea of the living wage is back on the political agenda. In the United States the Democrats are proposing to double…
by Kurt Greenbaum
Herding behavior can make us “individually smarter, but collectively dumber,” according to new research on how people…
by Marcos Voutsinos
Biomining is the kind of technique promised by science fiction: a vast tank filled with microorganisms that leach metal…
by Evangeline Mantzioris
If you’re a red meat-eater, there’s a good chance you’re eating more of it than you should. At last count, Australians…
by Joseph Reagle
People who identify with the “Quantified Self movement” are, as expressed in the movement’s motto, seeking…
Written by Pam Younghans
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