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While we may at times, or perhaps often, feel powerless in effecting change in the world, we must remind ourselves that we are part of the whole. We are participants in the grand cosmic play that is taking place within us and around us. In order to assist us in reclaiming our power, this week InnerSelf looks at the ways we have of affecting change: things like kindness, compassion, love, blessing others, recognizing the oneness in everyone, etc.
We start off with a reminder that the time to take action, to change our thoughts, our attitudes is now, in: "This Moment Is This Moment: It Will Never Be Like This Again". And while this moment will never be again, luckily, there will be a new moment, and another and another where we can take a new action, choose a different path, see things from a higher perspective. Saturday October 19 2019, was Global Oneness Day, and we share with you a writing by Pierre Pradervand "Blessing for Global Oneness Day".
And just like Thanksgiving is not reserved just for one day, Oneness is also a daily affair. So we can consider Global Oneness Day as a start to a new year of Oneness, and the blessing can be used on a continuous basis to help heal any feelings of separation.
Our goal is to recognize the oneness, to practice kindness, compassion and love, keeping a higher vision of our destiny. And "The Challenge: Feeling Love For Ourselves and For Others" may be an ongoing process. Perhaps we need to remind ourselves that "Unconditional Love Is A Way Of Serving One Another, Humanity and The World" and that is how we can really make a difference in each moment of our lives.
When we think that we don't know what to do, we can remember that "Kindness Is A Skill That Can Be Learned: Why Kindness Matters Most" and we can practice this "Love and Compassion Meditation That Even A 3-Year-Old Can Do".
Transformation is not a new thing... it happens in each generation, in each being that lives. And some of the tools are as ancient as time and are present in cultures throughout the world as shared in "Alchemy and Shamanism — Tools of Transformation" We are blessed that we have a shining light rising to the forefront in this culture and this time, helping us recognize "The Spirit of America: Every Generation Writes Its Chapter In This Ongoing Story" (by Marianne Williamson). A viewer's comment about this video: "This may be the most powerful spiritual and social justice speech delivered since Martin Luther King's. I Have a Dream."
If we have difficulty imagining a better world, a better future, I share with you videos that have inspired me lately as I listened to Marianne Williamson share her vision for America and for the world in "Getting to Know Marianne and Her Vision for America". We might have despaired that a better future was possible, but since each moment is new, we always have the potential to create a better future.. and the time is now. Which brings us back to our opening featured article: "This Moment Is This Moment: It Will Never Be Like This Again".
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We have the opportunity in each moment to take a different path. We must hold the vision of what we desire. We may not know exactly how it will come to pass, but knowing "how" is not our concern, What we need to do is hold the vision of the possibility, and do what needs to be done, according to the heart and inspiration of each and every one of us. Each of us counts in holding the vision of a better world, a better future, and taking whatever action we are guided to take in each and every moment.
It is said that it is never too late to have a happy childhood... well it is also never too late to have a happy future. It depends on each thought, each word, each intention, each action that we take, individually and as a whole. And luckily for us, there are numerous moments ahead of us, and we can keep on keeping on with our intention of creating a better world, and doing whatever our heart guides us to do in each moment.
This life is ours, this planet is our home, the choices we make are ours. We are powerful beyond measure when we reclaim our choices and our voices and our love for ourselves and for the entire world.
I am reminded of Canadian spacefarer Chris Hadfield who said that while orbiting Earth he felt more connected to the people on the planet than ever before. You and I may not have gone into space, but we are still connected. And together, we do make a difference.
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 an insight-full, joy-full, and lovingly empowered week.
Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"
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Written by Stephen Nachmanovitch
The ancient Greeks spoke of two kinds of time, or two experiences of time: chronos and kairos. Chronos is what we now call clock time, objective time. In music, chronos is metronome time. Kairos is timeliness, the opportune moment that surges out from our experience, something that cannot happen at any time but only at this time. Educators call it the teachable moment.
Written by Pierre Pradervand
I now feel with such a depth of certainty, of spiritual groundedness that Love is the ultimate reply to all and any problem, be it personal, social or a world issue. And you and I are one with that Love. We are literally welded to Love and nothing will ever be able to change that, even our own doubts and fears.
Written by Eileen Campbell
Love is the highest vibrational energy and can accomplish almost anything. The more we can keep our hearts open, the greater the love we feel, and the more patience, understanding, and compassion we have for others.
Written by Eileen Caddy MBE and David Earl Platts, PhD.
A time comes in our personal development when we realize that we are not isolated, independent individuals, but rather that we are all interdependent. We then experience genuine care and concern for others, become more aware of the larger whole and feel a deep desire to share our riches, whatever they may be, with others.
Written by Robyn Spizman
Instead of being the coolest kid in the room, how about being the kindest? Once a child understands the importance of their actions, good deeds, and the joy of helping others, kindness becomes fun and is highly contagious. What’s wonderful about kindness is that it is a skill that can be learned.
Written by Lama Palden Drolma
Loving-kindness and compassion are of utmost importance at this time for humanity. Love and compassion for one another, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, and gender, need to take precedence over ideology and our superficial differences. We must come together and cooperate with one another in order to survive the global challenges facing us.
Written by James Endredy
When seeing or hearing the word alchemy, one might think of old men in funny hats working at furnaces in ancient chemistry labs seeking to turn minerals into gold, create the philosopher’s stone, or find the elixir of life. However, these popular modern stereotypes of the ancient alchemists are but a tiny fragment of alchemy.
Presentation by Marianne Williamson
Marianne Williamson speaking on the Spirit of America. A viewer's comment: "This may be the most powerful spiritual and social justice speech delivered since Martin Luther King's. I Have a Dream."
Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf
Marianne Williamson is a complete departure from same old, same old... Her platform: putting in place policies based on caring for our children, our environment, and each other... policies based on what's right for the people and the planet, not what's right for a few. She is raising the bar for what a Democratic candidate, and a President, must stand for.
by Tori Sprung and Kelly Bowden Davies
As a society, we aren’t getting as much exercise as we should. In fact, current activity guidelines state that adults…
by Vincent J. Miller
The Catholic Church “hears the cry” of the Amazon and its peoples. That’s the message Pope Francis hopes to send at the…
by Stuart Milligan and Baris Yalabik
Online shopping continues to grow at a phenomenal rate. In 2018, the market value of UK retail was £381 billion of…
by Kingsley Dixon
A startling phenomenon occurs after a bushfire tears through a landscape. From the blackened soil springs an…
by David Kelly and Richard Tucker
Providing ramps where there are steps or stairs is just one way to help people with a disability get around.
by Steven Maltby and Vicki Maltby
Autoimmune diseases, which include a range of around 80 different illnesses from rheumatoid arthritis to type 1…
by Mandie Shean
Two-thirds of young people experience levels of exam stress that mental health organisation ReachOut describes as…
by John Vidal
The relationship between a heating planet and violent clashes is complex — and critical. “This is where I keep my…
by Peggy Kern
The film The Portal follows six individuals who undergo a personal transformation from trauma and struggle to calmness,…
by Daniel Allen
Dog theft has a devastating impact on people and families and is a known gateway to animal cruelty and extortion. Yet…
by Saul Carliner
Meeting employers’ need for experience — often identified in job postings — is the great catch-22 of starting any…
Extinction Rebellion's Car-free Streets Showcase The Possibility Of A Beautiful, Safe And Green Future
by Paul Chatterton
Standing in the middle of a usually busy central London street during Extinction Rebellion’s protests, the air…
by Roisin P. Corcoran
It’s a problem many teachers are familiar with, a student apparently struggling in class, but in fact just suffering…
by Christopher D. Lynn
I lay on the mat of the open-air bungalow in Apia, Samoa, looking up at a gecko. As its tail quivered, I felt a…
by Olivia Stevenson and Clare Stainthorp
We live in a society in which inequality is entrenched and increasing – in this context, words can have real and…
by Simon Curtis
At the seventh World Mayor’s Summit in Copenhagen, leaders of 94 cities embraced a global Green New Deal, in an attempt…
by Nial Wheate
Some people are incapable of swallowing tablets because of physical reasons, such as surgery or gastric reflux, while…
by Faith Kearns and Max Moritz
Deadly fires across California over the past several years have shown how wildfire has become a serious public health…
by Ríona McArdle
More than 50m people worldwide are currently living with dementia. With an ageing population, it’s likely that this…
by Ping Chen and Kathleen Mullan Harris
Depression is a leading cause of disability and disease for people around the world. It often begins during…
by Patricia A. Alexander and Lauren M. Singer Trakhman
Today’s students see themselves as digital natives, the first generation to grow up surrounded by technology like…
by William Trollinger
These days, the term “fundamentalism” is often associated with a militant form of Islam. But the original…
by Ellen Brown
President Trump wants negative interest rates, but they would be disastrous for the U.S. economy, and his objectives…
by Tim Spector
We choose our food for a variety of reasons, including personal preference, availability, cost and healthiness. But we…
by Adrian Dyer, et al
Bees are pretty good at maths – as far as insects go, at least. We already know, for example, that they can count up to…
by Richard Hoffman
Accurate, consistent dietary advice seems increasingly hard to find. For instance, a widely reported study recently…
by Tim Spector
I felt nauseous and dizzy. My attempted one week of following the intensive olive oil diet was not going well.
Hurricane Michael Recovery Efforts Point To The Power Of Local Generosity After Overlooked Disasters
by David Berlan
When Hurricane Michael made landfall on Florida’s Panhandle on Oct. 10, 2018, as a Category 5 storm it was only the…
by Wim Naudé
The idea that we are living in an entrepreneurial age, experiencing rapid disruptive technological innovation on a…
by Janine L. Nieroda-Madden
Homework. Whether you’re a fifth-grader or a freshman in college, the mere thought of homework can be overwhelming. And…
by Neel Burton
We are being lazy if there’s something that we ought to do but are reluctant to do because of the effort involved.
by Richard G. Snyder
When I answer my office phone as an extension vegetable specialist, from time to time it’s someone asking how they can…
by Malinda Maynor Lowery
More and more towns and cities across the country are electing to celebrate Indigenous Peoples’ Day as an alternative…
by Phillip Yuhas
Blue light has gotten a bad rap, getting blamed for loss of sleep and eye damage. Personal electronic devices emit more…
by Michael Hauskeller
Western democracies are in a state of crisis. The liberal world order that was created after World War II is crumbling…
by Lindsay Grace
Video games are often blamed for unemployment, violence in society and addiction – including by partisan politicians…
Written by Pam Younghans
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