InnerSelf Newsletter: August 4, 2019

InnerSelf Newsletter: August 4, 2019
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

Things are not always as they appear to be, or how people expect them to be. Sometimes our expectations are incorrect, other times it's our perceptions that are misleading. And at other times, the Universe just delivers a surprise that we may call synchronicity or even miraculous.

We start off this week's featured articles with Alan Cohen speaking of "A World Beyond Labels: Love Without Labels". Joyce Vissell shares her story and unexpected "magical" outcome in "Never Give Up on Your Dreams: My Leo Buscaglia Miracle".

Charles Eisenstein introduces us to a world of possibilities where "Every Act is a Ceremony: Everything Matters, Every Detail Matters". We also take a look at various forms of meditation that can help transform our reality in "Establishing A Meditation Habit: You Can Try This At Home!" And, in "The Maya and Our Contemporary Search for Meaning",  a modern-day shaman gives us a glimpse into the limits of Western thinking.

Sarah Varcas encourages us to embrace our natural uniqueness in "One of a Kind and One of the Crowd: Venus in Leo" and Pam Younghans sheds light on the energies of the coming week in the Astrological Journal for the Week. in which she cautions us to "expect the unexpected" this week.

And of course, we also have numerous articles that were added to the website this week covering a wide variety of topics that we felt might interest you.

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
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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A World Beyond Labels: Love Without Labels

Written by Alan Cohen

A World Beyond Labels: Love Without Labels
When one of my coaching clients complained to her doctor that she was depressed, he diagnosed her as having a personality disorder and referred her to a psychiatrist. The psychiatrist told her she did not at all have a personality disorder; she was just depressed. She talked through her feelings and walked out of the session feeling liberated from the burden of a label.


Never Give Up on Your Dreams: My Leo Buscaglia Miracle

Written by Joyce Vissell

Never Give Up on Your Dreams: My Leo Buscaglia Miracle

Have you ever had a dream that you wanted so deeply, but it just did not seem to be coming forth for you? I would like to give you the possibility that, right as you are reading this article, details are being put into place to allow your dream to come true. It is just about believing, trusting, and keeping your vision.


Every Act is a Ceremony: Everything Matters, Every Detail Matters

Written by Charles Eisenstein

Every Act a Ceremony

In this essay I will explore another view of what modern people can draw from the ceremonial approach to life. This alternative is not a substitute for the rational, pragmatic approach to solving personal or social problems. It is a reunion of the ceremonial with the pragmatic built upon a profoundly different way of seeing the world.


Establishing A Meditation Habit: You Can Try This At Home!

Written by Joan Rose Staffen

Establishing A Meditation Habit: You Can Try This At Home!

For many of us, the idea of sitting quietly is painful. Many of us like being busy. In our American culture, we are applauded for checking as many items as we can off our to-do lists. It makes us feel we have accom­plished much, that we’re going places fast. But many of us are running on empty. We are just whirling, twirling.


The Maya and Our Contemporary Search for Meaning

Written by Gabriela Jurosz-Landa

The Maya and Our Contemporary Search for Meaning

People travel to the Amazon to learn from the shamans or to India to practice yoga to expand their minds’ capacities. They delve deeper into the knowledge of the people and nature of the Himalayas, and they replace conventional diet and medicine with their organic and holistic equivalents.


One of a Kind and One of the Crowd: Venus in Leo

Written by Sarah Varcas

One of a Kind and One of the Crowd: Venus in Leo

Venus entered Leo on 28th July 2019. Given the challenges of the eclipse season which ended on 29th July, this is something to celebrate! After much self-analysis and the illumination of some thorny issues, we can now relax into being who we are without apology or self-consciousness!


The Hypersane Are Among Us, If Only We Are Prepared To Look

The Hypersane Are Among Us, If Only We Are Prepared To Look

by Neel Burton

Hypersanity’ is not a common or accepted term. But neither did I make it up. I first came across the concept while…


There's A Dark Political History To Language That Strips People Of Their Dignity

There's A Dark Political History To Language That Strips People Of Their Dignity

by William A. Donohue

Dehumanizing language often precedes genocide. One tragic example: Extreme dehumanizing language was a strong…


Are Infrared Saunas Better For Your Health Than Traditional Sauna?

Are Infrared Saunas Better For Your Health Than Traditional Sauna?

by Jack Tsonis

If you follow wellness trends, you might’ve come across the claim that an infrared sauna, which heats the body with…


How Permaculture Is Helping Wildfire Survivors Recover

How Permaculture Is Helping Wildfire Survivors Recover

by Dani Burlison

On a bright spring afternoon in late April, roughly 75 people gathered at the first Camp Fire restoration weekend at a…


Why Do People Cheat?

Why Do People Cheat?

by Marco A. Palma

When we hear that a poor person scammed others out of money, we may attribute this behavior to their poverty,…


Can Folate (VItamin B 9) Offset Air Pollution’s Harm During Pregnancy?

Can Folate (VItamin B 9) Offset Air Pollution’s Harm During Pregnancy?

by U. Washington

Pregnant women exposed to higher levels of air pollutants had children with lower IQs, compared to the children of…


There Is Little Evidence That Antihistamines Actually Help Children With Colds

There Is Little Evidence That Antihistamines Actually Help Children With Colds

by Patti Verbanas

Despite risks and no clear benefits, doctors are increasingly likely to recommend antihistamines for children under the…


City Parks Are Only As Good As The Trip To Get There

City Parks Are Only As Good As The Trip To Get There

by U. Arizona

The easier and safer it is to get to a park, the more likely people are to visit the park frequently, research finds.


Why A Sense Of Belonging Makes Kids Less Likely To Bully

Why A Sense Of Belonging Makes Kids Less Likely To Bully

by Cailin Riley

Students who feel a greater sense of belonging with their peers, family, and school community are less likely to…


Can Animals Adapt Fast Enough To The Climate Crisis?

Can Animals Adapt Fast Enough To The Climate Crisis?

by Fred Love

Climate change is outpacing the ability of birds and other species to adapt to their changing environment, researchers…


How The Gig Economy Gives A Mental Health Boost To Workers

How The Gig Economy Gives A Mental Health Boost To Workers

by Mark Stabile

The general picture of gig economy work and mental wellbeing is not a pretty one. Around the world, Uber drivers face…


What Exactly Is A Disease?

What Exactly Is A Disease?

by Duane Mellor and Shahid Merali

There is an ongoing lively debate among healthcare professionals about whether or not obesity is a disease.


Building Therapeutic Cities To Tackle Mental Health Problems

Building Therapeutic Cities To Tackle Mental Health Problems

by Mark Boyle, Chris Murray and Susan Jarvis

In all likelihood, poor mental health has blighted every age of human existence. Evolutionary psychologists suggest it…


How Did The Presidential Campaign Get To Be So Long?

How Did The Presidential Campaign Get To Be So Long?

by Rachel Caufield

Four hundred and thirty-two days prior to the election and 158 days before the Iowa caucus, millions of Americans were…


Young Crime Is Often A Phase, and Locking Kids Up Is Counterproductive

Young Crime Is Often A Phase, and Locking Kids Up Is Counterproductive

by Joel Robert McGregor

Violent riots erupted in the NSW Frank Baxter Juvenile Justice Centre. Several inmates allegedly attacked known…


Ticks Aren’t The Only Critters To Spread Lyme Disease

Ticks Aren’t The Only Critters To Spread Lyme Disease

by Tom Vasich

Researchers have sequenced the genome of an animal that carries the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. It’s not a tick,…


Why Vegan Activism Needs To Switch Gears

Why Vegan Activism Needs To Switch Gears

by Sylvain Charlebois

Vegan activists have historically been vocal in their ‘meat is murder’ campaigns. With a plant-based protein revolution…


As Herman Melville Turns 200, His Works Have Never Been More Relevant

As Herman Melville Turns 200, His Works Have Never Been More Relevant

by Aaron Sachs

Outside of American literature courses, it doesn’t seem likely that many Americans are reading Herman Melville these…


Why Are School Lunches Still So Unhealthy?

Why Are School Lunches Still So Unhealthy?

by Kelly Rose

There are more than 91m school children worldwide now defined as living with obesity – and the UK is in the top 20…


The Opioid Epidemic Cost States Billions – And That's Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

The Opioid Epidemic Cost States Billions – And That's Just The Tip Of The Iceberg

by Joel Segel, et al

The devastating health effects of the opioid epidemic have been well documented, with over 700,000 overdose deaths and…


How Are Cats Declawed, And Is It Painful?

How Are Cats Declawed, and Is It Painful?

by Ilana Halperin

Declawing a cat might sound as simple as trimming your pet’s nails. But it’s actually major surgery.


People Use Sauna For Well-being, But Its Medical Benefits Are Not Widely Understood

People Use Sauna For Well-being, But Its Medical Benefits Are Not Widely Understood

by Joy Hussain and Jack TsonisUniversity

Why do people use sauna? Despite centuries of anecdotal evidence which says the practice is relaxing and healthy,…


An Enzyme That Could Hold The Secret To Longevity And Healthy Ageing

An Enzyme That Could Hold The Secret To Longevity And Healthy Ageing

by Charalampos (Babis) Rallis

Calorie-restricted diets have been shown to increase the lifespan and healthspan of everything from yeast to monkeys …


Scientists Urge UN to Add Environmental Destruction to Geneva Conventions List of War Crimes

Scientists Urge UN to Add Environmental Destruction to Geneva Conventions List of War Crimes

by Jessica Corbett

Despite calls for a fifth convention two decades ago, military conflict continues to destroy megafauna, push species to…


Can We Can Put A Leash On Google and Facebook?

Can We Can Put A Leash On Google and Facebook?

by Amanda Lotz

Living with two preteens, I get almost daily requests to approve new apps. My standard response is to ask my kids to…


Beyond Meat? The Projected Market For Meat Substitutes Is Way Overdone

Beyond Meat? The Projected Market For Meat Substitutes Is Way Overdone

by Paul Wood AO

Meatless burger maker Beyond Meat has just reported quarterly earnings of US$67.3 million – much better than market…


We're Investing Heavily In Urban Greening, So How Are Our Cities Doing?

We're Investing Heavily In Urban Greening, So How Are Our Cities Doing?

by Marco Amati, et al

Governments at all levels invest a lot in greening Australian suburbs. Yet, in a recent report, we show that the…


What Are Native Grasslands, And Why Do They Matter?

What Are Native Grasslands, And Why Do They Matter?

by Mike Letnic

Coalition minister Angus Taylor is under scrutiny for possibly intervening in the clearing of grasslands in the…


Lying is One of the Best Ways to Sabotage Yourself

Lying is One of the Best Ways to Sabotage Yourself

by Chuck Finder

Dishonesty diminishes a person’s ability to read others’ emotions, or “interpersonal cognition,” according to new…


Even Young Kids Can Learn Who To Trust To Be Fair With Money

Even Young Kids Can Learn Who To Trust To Be Fair With Money

by Jared Wadley

Kids can engage in complex economic exchanges involving judgements about trust, according to new research.


A Glossary of the Energy Debate Terms

A Glossary of Energy Debate and Policy Terms

by Ariel Liebman and Ross Gawler

It’s worth setting the record straight on the meaning of some of these terms and how they relate to climate policies…


Scientists Now Know How Cilantro Works Against Seizures

Scientists Now Know How Cilantro Works Against Seizures

by Anne Warde

New research uncovers the molecular action that enables cilantro to effectively delay certain seizures common in…


Age-old Question: When Should Children Be Responsible For Their Crimes?

Age-old Question: When Should Children Be Responsible For Their Crimes?

by Thomas Crofts

The age of criminal responsibility acts as the gateway to the criminal justice system – under a certain age you are…


How To Design Cities Where People And Nature Can Both Flourish

How To Design Cities Where People And Nature Can Both Flourish

by Georgia Garrard, et al

Bringing nature back into our cities can deliver a truly impressive array of benefits, ranging from health and…


The Right To Know, Or Not Know, The Data From Medical Research

The Right To Know, Or Not Know, The Data From Medical Research

by Emily Willingham

A familiar scenario: as part of having your cholesterol checked, your clinician also orders a standard blood panel – a…


In India, WhatsApp Being Used As A Weapon of Antisocial Hatred

In India, WhatsApp Being Used As A Weapon of Antisocial Hatred

by Rohit Chopra

|A general election in India, the world’s most populous democracy, seems a theoretical impossibility.


Bike Sharing Isn't Just For Rich Hipsters

Bike Sharing Isn't Just For Rich Hipsters

by Kate Hosford and Meghan Winters

Bike and scooter sharing is booming in cities all around the world. In the United States, the number of trips through…


How College Towns Could Benefit More From Throngs Of Student Volunteers

How College Towns Could Benefit More From Throngs Of Student Volunteers

by Jennifer A. Jones

Millions of college students volunteer at soup kitchens, animal shelters and other nonprofits near where they go to…


Reducing Stress At Work Is Just A Walk In The Park

Reducing Stress At Work Is Just A Walk In The Park

by Lucy Taylor and Dieter Hochuli

The sky is blue and you are walking through a park, speaking with a colleague, discussing a new project. You feel…


I Feel A Bit Sick, Should I Stay Home Or Go To Work?

I Feel A Bit Sick, Should I Stay Home Or Go To Work?

by Michael Tam

You wake up on a work day and feel under the weather. If you’re vomiting or have a fever, the decision to stay at home…


Think It's Hot? The Human Body Is Already Close To Thermal Limits

Think It's Hot? The Human Body Is Already Close To Thermal Limits

by Tom Matthews

I am a scientist who researches climate hazards. I have published research on the potential for a catastrophic…


Study Finds Vitamin Supplement May Do More Harm Than Good

Study Finds Vitamin Supplements May Do More Harm Than Good

by Clare Collins

In Australia’s most recent nutrition survey, 29% of people reported having taken at least one dietary supplement. This…


InnerSelf Newsletter: August 4

What Makes A Good Leader: Strength Or Smarts?

by Nicholas A. Christakis

When it comes to leadership, we're quite picky on who we let govern us.


InnerSelf Newsletter: August 4

How To Lead A Conversation Between People Who Disagree

by Eve Pearlman

In a world deeply divided, how do we have hard conversations with nuance, curiosity, respect?


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

Horoscope: July 29 - August 4, 2019

Pam YounghansThis 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

It is also highly beneficial to reread the past week's astrological journal as it gives a hindsight view of the events that took place and may provide many "ah-ha" insights. 


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