InnerSelf Newsletter: December 15, 2019

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 15, 2019Image by Gerd Altmann

Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

Some times of year are more stressful than others, and December can be stressful for many reasons. If you live up North, snow and ice storms can wreak havoc. And wherever you live, even in the Southern Hemisphere, you may have projects at work that have to be completed by the end of the year. And of course, the holiday season can be a cause of stress. (How To Feel More Rested, At Ease, and Enjoy The Holiday Season)

Whether or not you participate in the buying extravaganza that occurs at this time of year (2019 Christmas Shopping: All Records Broken?) you still are affected by the extra traffic in city thoroughfares and in stores, as well as with holiday parties and festivities. Some of the interpersonal relationships can be stressed at this time of year just because we are tired, overworked, or perhaps hanging out with people that have different beliefs than we do. (Making Clear Choices About How You Relate To Events and Situations In Daily Life)

However, there are things we can do to maintain or regain our peace of mind (Qigong: Energy Medicine and Antidote to Stresses) and our well-being. (Understanding and Managing Your Energy Container: “Shields Up, Mr. Sulu”). And we may be surprised to find that we are handling all the stresses in a new way, that we've found a new modality to move through any trying situations. (Something Is Happening: What If It's All About Love?).

This week includes the December 21st solstice which ushers in a new season and brings us closer to the New Year. Pam Younghans, in this week's Astrological Journal, casts a look at the coming three months and writes: "Outdated behaviors and systems will be exaggerated so that we can make clearer, more evolutionarily-sound choices going forward. We will find progress thwarted until we align ourselves...choosing heart-centeredness over self-centeredness, connection over separation, and empathy over suspicion."

So the key this week, as with every week, is to choose Love, connection, and empathy... and if we don't choose it immediately when a situation occurs, we get to make a new choice in the next moment, and the next one after that. Each moment gives us a new opportunity to choose Love and create a better world for ourselves and the world around us. Let's do it!

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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How To Feel More Rested, At Ease, and Enjoy The Holiday Season

Written by Marla Stone

How To Feel More Rested, At Ease, and Enjoy The Holiday Season
December is dominated by the holiday season, which often involves lots of parties, visitors, travel, and special meals. Maintaining an organized home is a particular challenge this month, given all the pressure to decorate, buy presents, host gatherings, and cook.


2019 Christmas Shopping: All Records Broken?

Written by Pierre Pradervand

Christmas shopping: all records broken
This year we expect that sales will break all records! However, we cannot help but think that this anniversary celebrates the coming to earth of one of humanity’s greatest avatars – who, additionally, lived in total poverty according to his own words.


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Making Clear Choices About How You Relate To Events and Situations In Daily Life

Written by Alan Seale

Making Clear Choices About How You Relate To Events and Situations In Daily Life
“Relationship” can be defined as “a state of connectedness between two or more energies through a physical or a non-physical space.” Everything exists or happens in relationship to something else. Nothing exists or happens in isolation.


Qigong: Energy Medicine and Antidote to Stresses

Written by Nikki Gresham-Record

Qigong: Energy Medicine and Antidote to Stresses
Qigong has helped me understand and connect with myself as an energy being. Different forms of qigong emphasize different qualities, from meditative and healing to medical and martial arts; some incorporate branches of philosophy, such as Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism.


Understanding and Managing Your Energy Container: “Shields Up, Mr. Sulu”

Written by Stephanie Red Feather

Understanding and Managing Your Energy Container: “Shields Up, Mr. Sulu”
Quite simply, you are more than just your physical being. You have a field of energy that surrounds you—your personal energy field. It is unique to you, just like a fingerprint or a snowflake pattern. Basic physiology teaches us that each cell in our body has a charge.


Something Is Happening: What If It's All About Love?

Written by Will Wilkinson

Something Is Happening: What If It's All About Love?
Everywhere, around the world, in every culture, individuals are responding to an awakening impulse that is resonating throughout the universe and impacting our consciousness in every moment, waking and sleeping. The old human story of disconnection is evolving, ever more rapidly, into a new experience of kinship that feels thoroughly familiar.


Why Nurses Sleep 83 Fewer Minutes Before Work Days
Why Nurses Sleep 83 Fewer Minutes Before Work Days

by InnerSelf Staff

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How Young People Negotiate Sex And Safety On Dating Apps
How Young People Negotiate Sex And Safety On Dating Apps

by Kath Albury and Anthony McCosker

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Why Many Christian Men Today Are Having A Masculinity Crisis

by William Loade

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How Your Christmas Shopping Could Harm Or Help The Planet
How Your Christmas Shopping Could Harm Or Help The Planet

by Louise Grimmer et al

The shopping frenzy is not good for the planet. It generates a mountain of waste including plastics, and decorations,…


How Knowledge Is A Process Of Discovery
How Knowledge Is A Process Of Discovery

by Luke Zaphir

Constructivism is an educational philosophy that deems experience as the best way to acquire knowledge.


7 Climate Change Novels That Allow Us To Imagine Possible Futures
7 Climate Change Novels That Allow Us To Imagine Possible Futures

by Adeline Johns-Putra

Climate fiction, climate change fiction, “cli-fi” – whatever you want to call it – has emerged as a literary trend…


How Belief Is Rooted In Evolution And Not Ignorance
How Belief Is Rooted In Evolution And Not Ignorance

by Mikael Klintman

So why can’t we stop conspiracy theories and fake news from spreading?


Asking People With Memory Loss About Past Holidays Can Help Them Recall Happy Times
Asking People With Memory Loss About Past Holidays Can Help Them Recall Happy Times

by Michael R. Nadorff and Mary Dozier

What if you could do something that would help restore memories in some of the people you love?


How Junk Food Shapes The Developing Teenage Brain
How Junk Food Shapes The Developing Teenage Brain

by Amy Reichelt

Obesity is increasing worldwide, especially among children and teenagers. More than 150 million children in the world…


The Dangers Of Depicting Greta Thunberg As A Prophet
The Dangers Of Depicting Greta Thunberg As A Prophet

by Ellen Boucher

As a researcher on the history of childhood, I’ve been disturbed to see Thunberg described and depicted as a prophet.…


As Rural Americans Struggle For Health Care Access, Insurers May Be Making Things Worse
As Rural Americans Struggle For Health Care Access, Insurers May Be Making Things Worse

by Simon F. Haeder

The are tremendous health disparities rural Americans face, in terms of both their own health and accessing care.


Why Fat-shaming Pregnant Women Isn't Just Mean, It's Harmful
Why Fat-Shaming Pregnant Women Isn't Just Mean, It's Harmful

by Angela Incollingo Rodriguez

December is considered the most fertile month, a time when there’s the greatest likelihood that children will be…


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Young People Can Change The General Election – Here’s How To Get Your Friends To Vote

by Benjamin Bowman

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The Dark Side Of Plant-Based Food
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by Brian Enquist and Patrick Roehrdanz

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by David Adger

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Proteins In The Blood Can Show How Old You Are
Proteins In The Blood Can Show How Old You Are

by Tony Wyss-Coray

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A High-Fat Diet Fuels Prostate Cancer’s Growth

by David P. Labbé

Saturated fat intake leads to cellular reprogramming associated with prostate cancer progression and lethality,…


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The U.S. population is aging at such a rate that within a few years, older Americans will outnumber the country’s…


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

Horoscope Week: December 16 to 22, 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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