InnerSelf Newsletter: December 8, 2019

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 8, 2019
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

I believe that everyone wants to make a difference... But, since we can't change others, only ourselves, the one we are concerned with stepping forth and making a difference is (repeat after me) "me, myself, and I" (and that's everyone of us). So this week we take a look at simple and practical ways that you and I can make an impact in the world.

We start with Joyce Vissell who suggests "Making Your Heart A Safe Place". We then continue with Robyn Spizman and "Bring Your Heart To Work and Make a Difference a Day: The Business of Kindness". Mark Coleman shares a meditation to create "Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others".

Suzanne Falter presents "The Five Basics Of Living A Life That’s Rich With Self-Care" because taking care of ourselves and loving ourselves makes it easier for us to stay centered, intuitive, and open to what we are called to do or say and the loving being we are called to be. Just like the image above (the frayed rope and weathered post), we can make a difference even if we are "old and tired", "fraying at the edges", or feel like were "stuck" somehow. The good news is that we don't have to be perfect to make a difference. We just have to show up, be present, and be kind. Well actually, while we don't have to be kind to make a difference, it is better for all concerned when we are.

And if you're feeling that you're not "enough" (or something or the other) to make a difference in the world, read Alan Cohen's new article, "When God Shows Up on Earth as You and Me". That will give you another perspective on how you can show up and shine.

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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Making Your Heart A Safe Place

Written by Joyce Vissell

Making Your Heart a Safe Place
One of my favorite quotes is, "If you have room in your heart for one enemy, your heart is an unsafe place for a friend." I do not know who originally spoke or wrote that statement, but I do know it contains a volume of wisdom.


Bring Your Heart To Work and Make a Difference a Day: The Business of Kindness

Written by Robyn Spizman

Bring Your Heart To Work and Make a Difference a Day: The Business of Kindness
The character each of us brings to our work, volun­teering, or anything we do in life says a lot about us. Whether you work from home, commute to a full-time job, or volunteer, your work, when purposeful, can be a wonderful opportunity to live and give of your best self out loud. And love it.


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Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others

Written by Mark Coleman

Sympathetic Joy: Delighting In The Joy Of Others
By appreciating the happiness of others, we do tend to improve our chances of joy by about seven billion to one! I don’t gamble, but I do know those are good odds. Sympathetic joy means the heart is like kindling, ready for sparks of happiness wherever gladness and success are found.


The Five Basics Of Living A Life That’s Rich With Self-Care

Written by Suzanne Falter

The Five Basics Of Living A Life That’s Rich With Self-Care
What  does it actually take to live a life that’s rich with self-care? There are five basic elements of self-care.


When God Shows Up on Earth as You and Me

Written by Alan Cohen

When God Shows Up on Earth as You and Me
God manifests divinity by way of people. We are the windows through which heaven shines into the world. The Beatles, talented as they were, did not give themselves their talent. It was seeded within them by a Force far beyond their human personalities. Their role was to bring it to a waiting world.


The Survival Instinct and The Two Ways Of Fighting
The Survival Instinct and The Two Ways Of Fighting

by Selene Calloni Williams

The survival instinct is the fundamental component of the sacred. It is not to be confused with the fear of death. The…


From Depression To Parkinson's Disease: The Healing Power Of Dance
The Healing Power Of Dance

by Adrianna Mendrek

Why do we stop dancing when we grow up? Why do we disconnect and alienate ourselves from the body? It is surprising to…


If You Want To Cut Calories, Change How You Budget Them
If You Want To Cut Calories, Change How You Budget Them

by Aradhna Krishna et al.

New findings challenge the wisdom of budgeting calories for the day, which is what weight-control programs like Weight…


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Doctors Explain How They Are Coping With Drug Shortages

by NBC News

NBC News’ speaks to doctors at Massachusetts General Hospital about how they are coping with drug shortages and the…


18 Countries Showing The Way To A Carbon Zero
18 Countries Showing The Way To A Carbon Zero

by Pep Canadell, et al

Eighteen countries from developed economies have had declining carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels for at least…


5 Ways To Make Your Christmas More Sustainable
5 Ways To Make Your Christmas More Sustainable

by Sharon George

Moderation is the last thing on people’s minds at Christmas. Shopping, travelling and eating reach peak levels –…


Living With Fire And Facing Our Fears
Living With Fire And Facing Our Fears

by Danielle Clode

It is only mid-November but we have to walk early to avoid the heat. A northerly wind picks up clouds of dust and…


How Children Who Dread PE Lessons At School Can Be Given A Sporting Chance
How Children Who Dread PE Lessons At School Can Be Given A Sporting Chance


by Kiara Lewis

For some school children, PE is the best lesson of the week – a chance to leave the desk behind, get outside, and enjoy…


Why Children Really Believe In Santa – The Surprising Psychology Behind Tradition
Why Children Really Believe In Santa – The Surprising Psychology Behind Tradition

by Rohan Kapitany

Many of us tell our children about a rotund, bearded man in red, who lives in the icy tundra at the top of the world.


How Inequity Takes A Toll On Your Gut Microbes
How Inequity Takes A Toll On Your Gut Microbes

by Sue Ishaq

People worry about having access to clean water, power, health care and healthy foods because they are essential for…


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The Smart Speaker In Your Home May Not Be As Secure As You Think

by NBC News

Researchers discovered that Amazon’s Alexa, Apple’s Siri and Google Home can be hacked by laser pointers and…


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Fossil Fuel Production Plans Could Push Earth off a Climate Cliff

by The Real News Network

The United Nations is beginning its climate summit in Madrid.


Limited Eating Times Could Be A New Way To Fight Obesity And Diabetes
Limited Eating Times Could Be A New Way To Fight Obesity And Diabetes

by Satchin Panda and Pam Taub

People with obesity, high blood sugar, high blood pressure or high cholesterol are often advised to eat less and move…


The Psychological Benefits Of Working Less
The Psychological Benefits Of Working Less

by Steve Taylor

The daughter of a friend of mine recently left university and entered the world of work, taking on a temporary office…


How To Find The Most Sustainable And Long-lasting Children's Toys
How To Find The Most Sustainable And Long-lasting Children's Toys


by Matthew Watkins

Think about the way plastic pollution has been reported in recent years and you’re probably picturing plastic…


Tick, Tock... How Stress Speeds Up Your Chromosomes' Ageing Clock
Tick, Tock... How Stress Speeds Up Your Chromosomes' Ageing Clock

by Szymek Drobniak

Ageing is an inevitability for all living organisms, and although we still don’t know exactly why our bodies gradually…


10 Tips To Make Your Holidays Less Stressful And More Festive
10 Tips To Make Your Holidays Less Stressful And More Festive

by Freya Higgins-Desbiolles

Holidays are a time of high stress. Despite the delight of not having to work for several days or even weeks, holidays…


Why Eliminating Food Deserts Won't Help Poorer Americans Eat Healthier
Why Eliminating Food Deserts Won't Help Poorer Americans Eat Healthier

by Hunt Allcott, et al

In the U.S., rich people tend to eat a lot healthier than poor people. Because poor diets cause obesity, Type II…


From Catfish To Romance Fraud, How To Avoid Getting Caught In Any Online Scam
From Catfish To Romance Fraud, How To Avoid Getting Caught In Any Online Scam

by Cassandra Cross

Australian singer-songwriter Casey Donovan opened up again last night about the six years she thought she was involved…


What's The Value Of Your Dog's Life, And Why It Matters
What’s The Value Of Your Dog’s Life, And Why It Matters

by Simon F. Haeder et al

Americans love their pets, spending more than US$70 billion last year on their beloved companions. This far exceeds the…


How The Climate Crisis Could Reverse Progress In Achieving Gender Equality
How The Climate Crisis Could Reverse Progress In Achieving Gender Equality

by Nitya Rao

People who directly depend on the natural world for their livelihoods, like farmers and fishers, will be among the…


Why Support For The Death Penalty Is Much Higher Among White Americans
Why Support For The Death Penalty Is Much Higher Among White Americans

by Kevin O'Neal Cokley

Sentencing a person to die is the ultimate punishment. There is no coming back from the permanence of the death penalty.


How Can We Actually Create Happy Societies?

by Sam Wren-Lewis

Imagine two different societies. In the first, people tend to be stressed, tense, irritable, distracted and…


Why Frequently Sharing Deeply Emotional Posts Online May Be A Sign Of A Deeper Psychological Issue
Why Frequently Sharing Deeply Emotional Posts Online May Be A Sign Of A Deeper Psychological Issue

by Christopher Hand

When Kendall Jenner recently shared a series of emotionally-charged Instagram posts about her experiences with acne…


The Climate Crisis: 6 Steps To Making Fossil Fuels History
The Climate Crisis: 6 Steps To Making Fossil Fuels History

by Stephen Peake

In shouting “system change not climate change”, young people understand that the 3-4℃ warmer world we’re headed for…


Pregnant Women Have A Higher Risk Of Delivering Early On Unseasonably Hot Days
Pregnant Women Have A Higher Risk Of Delivering Early On Unseasonably Hot Days


by Alan Barreca

About a quarter of children in the United States are born two to three weeks before their due date, which qualifies…


How Frozen II Helps Children Weather Risk And Accept Change
How Frozen II Helps Children Weather Risk and Accept Change

by Elena Merenda

Disney’s Frozen has been a staple in my house since before it won an Academy Award for best animated feature in 2014.


Why Christmas Tree Shopping Is Harder Than Ever
Why Christmas Tree Shopping Is Harder Than Ever

by James Robert Farmer

If you’re shopping for a live Christmas tree this year, you may have to search harder than in the past. Over the last…


Are You As Grateful As You Deserve To Be?
Are You As Grateful As You Deserve To Be?

by Richard Gunderman

As a physician, I have helped to care for many patients and families whose lives have been turned upside down by…


Spinster, Old Maid or Self-Partnered – Why Words For Single Women Have Changed Through Time
Spinster, Old Maid or Self-Partnered – Why Words For Single Women Have Changed Through Time

by Amy Froide

In a recent interview with Vogue, actress Emma Watson opened up about being a single 30-year-old woman. Instead of…


How To Pick The Right Amount To Spend On Holiday Gifts
How To Pick The Right Amount To Spend On Holiday Gifts

by Jay L. Zagorsky

To find the “perfect” gift, Americans will spend about 15 hours shopping. Women will do about twice as much as men. And…


How We Can Reverse Antibiotic Resistance. Here's How Sweden Is Doing It
We Can Reverse Antibiotic Resistance. Here's How Sweden Is Doing It

by Mina Bakhit, et al

The antibiotic resistance threat is real. In the years to come, we will no longer be able to treat and cure many…


One In Four Children And Young People Show Signs Of Addiction To Smartphones
One In Four Children and Young People Show Signs of Addiction to Smartphones

by Ben Carter and Nicola Kalk

Love them or hate them, smartphones have become ubiquitous in everyday life. And while they have many positive uses,…


Do Politicians Break Their Promises Once In Government? What The Evidence Says
Do Politicians Break Their Promises Once In Government? What The Evidence Says

by Fraser McMillan

The conventional wisdom holds that politicians can’t be trusted to keep their promises, yet decades of research across…


Don't Be Victimized: How People Get Away With Fraud
Don't Be Victimized: How People Get Away With Fraud

by Cassandra Cross

It is easy for those of us who have ignored emails from Nigerian princes or refused to transfer money on behalf of an…


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Are Dog Years For Real? An Explanation Of Calculating Canine Age

by Christian Yates

If your dog has been alive and kicking its paws about for a decade, the widely held belief is that it has aged as much…


Why Trigger Warnings Don’t Help People Cope With Distressing Material
Why Trigger Warnings Don’t Help People Cope With Distressing Material

by Christian Jarrett

The use of trigger warnings has since spread. The warnings have become another battlefield in the culture wars, with…


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Before You Let Your Child Quit Music Lessons, Try These 5 Things

by Timothy McKenry

The main reasons for children ending music lessons are boring lessons, frustration at a lack of progress, disliking…


InnerSelf Newsletter: December 8
High-intensity Exercise Improves Memory and Wards Off Dementia

by Jennifer J Heisz

For the first time in human history, older people outnumber younger people. This has created unique health challenges.…


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The Five Corrupt Pillars Of Climate Change Denial

by Mark Maslin

The fossil fuel industry, political lobbyists, media moguls and individuals have spent the past 30 years sowing doubt…


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

Horoscope Week: December 9 to 15, 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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