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Tools are useful things... whether we are speaking of physical tools like hammers or computers to create physical things, keys to unlock doors and open to new adventures, or energetic tools to enhance our emotional, spiritual, and physical self. This week we present some tools... and some of them are in the form of "rules" or guidelines for living.
Earlier this week, we had a new moon, which is a symbol of "new beginnings" and Sarah Varcas takes us though the energies of this new moon in "New Moon in Virgo: Perfection at the Heart of our Imperfect Lives". We then continue our journey with the enticement of a story by Rumi who presents subtle suggestions of how to live in community and in harmony in "The Universality of A Good Story: The World According to Rumi".
We then ask: "Is There A Magic Formula? Meditation, Mindfulness, and Essential Oils" and while the author says there is no "magical formula", she presents some keys to living that will assist us on our way. And still on the path searching for useful tools, we discover "The Do's and Don'ts of Empathy" as well as "The Five 'Rules' on the Path of Surrender, Awakening, and Responsibility".
And as many of us feel an affinity with animals, whether our pets or animals in the wild, we present the "Interspecies Bond: Animal Connection and Healing Technique" which contains a meditative and healing process for connecting with animals.
And of course, Pam Younghans rounds up the articles with the "Astrological Journal for the Week" where she writes: "If you know where you want to go, and what you want to create, this is a great week to make progress in that direction..." And she recommends that we "...hold strong in our integrity, stay on track with our ideals, and focus on each step we need to take along the yellow brick road that leads to our higher goal."
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.
I wish you a powerful week of awareness and creativity (to create the life you desire) throughout this new month of September (and beyond),
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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Written by Sarah Varcas
This super new moon in the 7th degree of Virgo – conjunct Venus, Mars & Mercury – is a cleansing moon. Virgo is a deeply healing sign imbued with ancient knowledge often lost to us in favour of modern reductionist approaches to health.
Written by Maryam Mafi
The universality of a good story serves to demonstrate that we’re not so different from our counterparts across the globe, which in turn prompts us to empathize with the “other” to the extent that we will eventually feel as the “other”; thus, respect and empathy are the inevitable by-products of this process.
Written by Heather Dawn Godfrey
At my age, I am aware that there is no magic formula, and that life is a journey. We each travel on our own path, which may sometimes be easy and sometimes difficult to tread. However, there are positive and negative ways of coping with the stresses and joys of everyday life.
Written by Raven Digitalis
Empathy is everywhere. In many ways, empathy is the social glue that holds everybody together. Empathy is a social experience that involves feeling external emotional energy to the point of mirroring an emotion and taking it into one’s own experience.
Written by Will Johnson
No one can give you a specific technique for how to surrender. You have to find out for yourself what surrender is, and the way you respond to the felt current of the life force as it makes its way through the conduit of your body will be unique to you. Your dance won’t look like anybody else’s...
Written by Niki J. Senior
Connecting with animals involves so much more than petting, grooming, rewarding, or feeding. Connecting in a profound way strengthens the inseparable bond we already have with our animal friends. For me, the deep bond enables me to understand animals better, on every single level: behaviorally, emotionally, physically, and spiritually.
by Anne-Christine Hornborg
The number of people who bury their dead relatives without any official ceremony is increasing rapidly in Sweden, up…
by Ken Drinkwater and Neil Dagnall
Strictly Come Dancing, the TV show which pairs celebrities with professional dancers to compete in a ballroom dancing…
by Robbie MacKay
In 2019, surely we are past the days in music class where boys are shunted to drums and trombone while girls are pushed…
by Spyros Samothrakis
Following the successful Brexit campaign, Dominic Cummings – the then campaign director of Vote Leave – published a…
by Ashima Krishna
Over the past few decades, vacant and underutilized churches have become a familiar sight in American cities.
by Daniel Hamlin
Schools across the country encourage parents to help their children with homework.
by Lesley Colvin and Blair H. Smith
Chronic pain – acute pain that lasts for longer than three months – affects around one in five people in Europe.
by Ahmed Elhakeem
Puberty is a time of dramatic development for both boys and girls. Not only are those hormones raging, but there’s all…
Greta Thunberg Made It To New York Emissions-free – But The Ocean Doesn't Yet Hold The Key To Low-carbon Travel
by Steve Fletcher
I have travelled from Plymouth to the UN headquarters in New York many times, often to discuss how to protect the…
by Nathan Birdsall and Stuart Kirby
Society has become increasingly preoccupied with risk. So it’s unsurprising that as social scientists, we are…
by Hui Yun Chan
Many people who are struck with sudden, progressive or terminal illness are kept alive mechanically, while families and…
by Clare Collins et al.
Every year a new batch of diets become trendy. In the past, the blood group, ketogenic, Pioppi and gluten-free diets…
by Sinead Brophy, et al.
Afternoon breaks were once a common feature of nearly all primary school timetables.
by Nick Lehr
In sociologist Jennifer Silva’s first book, “Coming Up Short,” she interviewed working-class young adults in Lowell,…
by Chetna Prajapati
One of the greatest challenges faced by the textiles and fashion industry is to make itself more sustainable, not just…
by Duane W. Hamacher
|Four stars in the night sky have been formally recognised by their Australian Aboriginal names.
by Kristen Parker
Teen girls experience relationship abuse at alarming rates, according to a new study that specifically focuses on…
by Caroline Le Roy and Tim Spector
Alcohol consumption guidelines vary widely between countries. In the UK and Netherlands, no more than one glass of wine…
by Mike Ryder
Science fiction is brimming with visions of the future and the many wondrous things the human race can achieve.
by David J. Nguyen, Katie N. Smith and Monnica Chan
16.9 million. That’s how many students are going to college at the undergraduate level this fall.
by Adam Dove
Fire emissions from wildfires can contribute to cardiovascular disease hundreds of miles from the flames, according to…
by Susan Conlon and Kevin Lane
Water is essential for human life, but in many parts of the world water supplies are under threat from more extreme,…
by Chloe James and Ian Goodhead
Moving to a new country can be challenging, not just for us but also for our bacteria.
by Clare Collins
Trying to lose weight is hard work. You need to plan meals and snacks, and make a big effort to avoid situations that…
by Veronique Chachay
Alcoholic drinks should all carry calorie counts according to a leading UK public health doctor writing in the BMJ…
by Richard Wilk
Citizens and policymakers around the world are grappling with how to limit companies’ use of data about individuals –…
by Judy Illes and Farhad R. Udwadia
Sex robots made headlines after American comedian Whitney Cummings brought out her very own lookalike robot for her…
by Chris Land
When CAMRA, the UK real ale campaign group, decided to ban beers with sexist names and labels from the Great British…
by David Timmons
The main solution to climate change is well known – stop burning fossil fuels.
by Laura Bailey
Poor handgrip may be a sign of impaired cognition and memory among older adults, research suggests.
We Built A Network Of Greenhouses And Rain Shelters To Simulate What Climate Change Will Do To Soils
by Anna Hopkins, et al
As most of the science community knows, the climate emergency is here now. Weather extremes such as droughts and…
by Arosha Weerakoon
If you went to your dentist for a check-up and dental clean in the last year, give yourself a pat on the back.
by Hassan Vally
For the past three decades or so, the conventional wisdom has been that drinking alcohol at moderate levels is good for…
by David Robson
We credit Socrates with the insight that ‘the unexamined life is not worth living' and that to ‘know thyself’ is the…
by Emma Beckett and Gideon Meyerowitz-Katz
Food gives us the nutrients we need to survive, and we know a balanced diet contributes to good health.
by Diana Lucia and Karen Moritz
It is well established that drinking alcohol during pregnancy can have detrimental effects on the developing foetus.
by Jeff Broxmeyer
When the political leader “Boss” Tweed was arrested in New York on corruption charges in the fall of 1871, among his…
by Eileen Baldry and Chris Cunneen
Reports this week of an Indigenous boy with a disability held naked for days in a Brisbane police cell have once again…
by Yvonne Su
The 2018 report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), a United Nations body that assesses climate…
by Robert Hawkes
In conservation, charismatic mammals and birds such as the black rhinoceros and the capercaillie get a lot of…
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
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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