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One of the "existential questions" is Who Am I? Yet for some of us, that question when asked of ourselves may sound more like "Who do you think YOU are!"... Not so much a question as an exclamation of judgment and accusation and blame. It is difficult for some to answer the "Who Am I" question lovingly and positively. So this week we look at some underlying blockages to having a fully-loving opinion and expression of self.
We start with Sarah Varcas' article: "The Dance of Courageous Surrender ". We then continue with "'Shoulds' Get In The Way Of Free Will " and "Reclaiming Joy and Pleasure: Healing Deep Self-Loathing". And while some people may appear to "have it all together" on the outside, the inside may tell a diffferent story as revealed in "What Is Imposter Syndrome? Do You Have It?"
Many hurts and pains and fears are often stored in our memory and subconscious and the past week may have dredged up some of those as reflected upon by Marianne Williamson in "9/11: A Painful Anniversary". The article also contains a talk given in 2016 on the 15th anniversary of 9-11 which sheds light on our psyche. (You may have to turn the volume up for the video as the sound is very soft.)
Tom Bunn, author of Panic Free, shares "How Feelings of Security and Insecurity Develop" and gives us a way to reprogram the fear and self-doubt. And a healing balm, both for self and for others, is presented in "Introducing Kindness As A Daily Practice".
We are never "stuck" in any one mode of being or feeling. The choice is always there for each one of us... sometimes we need a reminder or friendly face as proposed in the article by Tom Dunn. At other times, we need to take positive action as suggested in the article about practicing kindness.
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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Written by Sarah Varcas
This full moon conjunct Neptune and Black Moon Lilith invites us into deep contemplation of who we are aside from the details of our lives. Because an unnerving dissolution of self may occur when we surrender those things that define us, it’s an act of spiritual courage to embrace what remains when we do.
Written by Mary S. Corning
I can see where my ancient bruises have taught me survival. I learned so much more than resilience and strength. Being battered by life events offered me opportunities to find a state of surrender that opened my ultimate will not just for having well-being but also for learning it.
Written by Lauren Walker
How we truly feel about ourselves must be considered when we talk about healing. Many of us have what Pema Chödrön calls a “subtle aggression” against ourselves. Unfortunately, our desire for change or transformation often comes from there. But that never works.
Written by Dr. Sandi Mann
Welcome to the world of the Imposter Syndrome. It is a secret world, inhabited by successful people from all walks of life who have one thing in common – they believe that they are not really good enough. They might be men or women, young or old. And imposter beliefs are not always related to work; I have met ‘imposters’ who feel they are not good enough parents, husbands, wives, friends or even not good enough human beings.
Written by Marianne Williamson
None of us will ever forget where we were on 9/11, or how we learned about the attacks on our country. Our hearts, and our innocence, were shattered on that awful day.
Written by Tom Bunn
Everyone is subject to the release of stress hormones and the resulting feelings of high arousal or alarm. Some of us have neural programming that activates automatically and calms us. We go from alarm to interest or curiosity about what the amygdala is reacting to. Those of us who don’t have that software stay alarmed until the stress hormones burn off.
Written by Choden and Heather Regan-Addis
When we practise Mindfulness, we get to know ourselves better; and in particular we get to know more about our habitual patterns of thought and behaviour. It is a bit like turning a dimmer switch up in a room. In a similar way, Mindfulness increases our inner awareness and this starts to reveal more and more of what is in the room of our mind.
by Frank Otto
Wearables might not offer enough motivation to get your daily steps, but a little competition might work.
by Kate Flint
Climate change is real, it’s accelerating and it’s terrifying. We are adding carbon to the atmosphere at a rate 100…
by Aisling McMahon, et al
Mustafa loves good coffee. In his free time, he often browses high-end coffee machines that he cannot currently afford…
by Mollie Rappe
When we’re one part of a group meant to decide someone else’s punishment, our peers can sway us to punish more often…
by Evangeline Mantzioris
A UK study finding vegetarianism is associated with a higher risk of stroke than a meat-eating diet has made headlines…
by Ari Mattes
The joker, the trickster, the jester, the provocateur - there is a rich cultural history of these roles going back at…
by Shannon A. Bowen
Behind the scenes during hurricanes and other disasters, scores of public information officers in state and local…
by Carrie Macmillan
Though it’s not easy, it is possible to change the poor sleep habits of children in preschool and elementary school…
by Ian McGregor
Multinational ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s will close its Australian stores for this month’s global climate strike…
by C. Thi Nguyen
Pick any of the big topics of the day – Brexit, climate change or Trump’s immigration policies – and wander online.
by Michelle Ward, et al
Threatened species habitat larger than the size of Tasmania has been destroyed since Australia’s environment laws were…
by Denize Atan
A poor diet of chips and crisps caused a teenage boy in England to become blind.
by Jean Twenge
The first signs of a problem started to emerge around 2014: More young people said they felt overwhelmed and depressed.
by Ellen Peters and Brittany Shoots-Reinhard
Almost a third of American adults don’t have the math skills necessary to make effective decisions about their health…
by Tracey-Ann Palmer
Thousands of students are in the process of choosing subjects for their final years of school and half will probably…
by Tobias Jackson and Sami Rifai
Sometimes even the largest natural wonders can remain hidden from human view for centuries.
by Sandra Jones
Around 1% of the population has an autism spectrum disorder, with estimates ranging from one in 150 to one in 70.
by David Campbell
As with previous disasters, millions of Americans are trying to figure out the best way to use their money to help…
by Gregory Filiano
There’s a connection between post-traumatic stress disorder and the onset of mild cognitive impairment in 9/11…
by Thomas Robinson and Outi Lundahl
Revered French gastronome Jean Brillat-Savarin coined the phrase: “Tell me what you eat, and I will tell you who you…
by Laurence Belcher and Philip Madgwick
Nature is full of animals helping each other out. A classic example is meerkat cooperation.
by Derek Mitchell
Honey bees are under extreme pressure. The number of honey bee colonies in the US has been declining at an average rate…
by Alexander J. Stewart and Joshua B. Plotkin
Social media has transformed how people talk to each other. But social media platforms are not shaping up to be the…
by The Intercept
The Intercept invites you to watch a special event in New York City hosted by Intercept senior correspondent Naomi…
by Catherine Brinkley
Tens of millions of Americans go to bed hungry at some point every year. While poverty is the primary culprit, some…
by Ilona Jaspers
The rise in cases of otherwise healthy young adults who have been hospitalized or even died from vaping-associated lung…
by Erica Zippert and Bethany Rittle-Johnson
If you’re a parent of a preschooler, you might be wondering how you can help set your child up for success once they…
by Richard Matthews
What do nuclear submarines, top secret military bases and private businesses have in common?
by Sonia Fernandez
Attempts to maintain the “natural beauty” of Southern California beaches are actually having a massive negative impact…
by Agnessa Spanellis
We do not fully understand how this process works, but there are certain techniques that have proved successful in…
by Adrian Martineau
High-dose vitamin D supplements improve weight gain and help with the development of language and motor skills in…
by Heather D. Curtis
Many religions urge their adherents to be charitable toward those in need.
by Dirk Hebel
Bamboo, a common grass which can be harder to pull apart than steel, has the potential to revolutionise building…
by Richard Gunderman
A test called CT lung cancer screening could save the lives of tens of thousands of American smokers and former smokers…
by Michael Gradisar
Most of us might think sleep is like a light switch. That is, we go to bed, shut our eyes, and our body “switches off”
by James Kirby
Fear of dying – or death anxiety – is often considered to be one of the most common fears. Interestingly though,…
by Louise Remond
Everyone experiences down days at times. Feeling flat is a normal reaction to something upsetting happening, tiredness…
by Richard Matthews and Kieren Niĉolas Lovell
Every day, often multiple times a day, you are invited to click on links sent to you by brands, politicians, friends…
by Gareth Loudon
There are plenty of famous artists who have produced highly creative work while they were deeply unhappy or suffering…
by Michael McCluskey
Most parents are aware that physical activity is good for children – as it can help to improve their sense of self and…
by Yvonne Black
Spending time in outdoors, taking time out of the everyday to surround yourself with greenery and living things can be…
by Emily Banks
The use of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) doubles the risk of breast cancer in menopausal Australian women, our new…
by Christine Roffe
The Washington Post recently reported the story of Josh Hader, a 28-year-old who stretched and popped his neck, tore an…
Written by Pam Younghans
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