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We are all on a Journey... the journey of life. Along the way we encounter blessings and challenges. We encounter love and lack of love (sometimes portrayed as hatred). Our journeys are all different, yet they are all the same. Our goal is the same... to attain an inner state of peace and well-being... some would say joy and happiness. Yet the ultimate goal of the journey is to be at peace with the ebbs and flows of the tide of life experiences, to remain trusting that the tides always turn and the daylight always returns.
This may be more potent at this time where we now have left behind the longest night, in the Northern Hemisphere, and look forward to longer days and more light in the months to come. And this vision applies to not only the light from Nature, but the light within ourselves and in the people around us.
This week we journey with our authors in their travels seeking healing, understanding, and a reconnection with our true home wherein we rediscover our compassionate heart.
We start our featured articles with "Accepting The Possibility Of Animal Communication and Healing" as indeed on any journey we must accept the possibility and even the probability of attaining our goal (or goals) with the love and assistance that surrounds us in many forms... whether human, animal, or the plant kingdom.
We then continue our travels this week with Tom Voss who walked an actual 2700-mile journey in earch of a "PTSD/Meditation Breakthrough: Forgiving Myself and Forgiving God". He discovered, at the end of the 2700-mile trek, that his journey was just beginning and doors were opening to new and wonderful experiences... and to a completely new world for him and those he is assisting.
Sometimes we might think the journey is too hard or too confusing or just too depressing and seek help, whether in the form of therapy or pharmaceutical drugs. ("Is One Better Than The Other? Therapy or Group Work? Meditation or Mindfulness? and "Stuck in a Pill Bottle and a Limited Book: The Other Problem with Psychiatry and Psychotherapy").
And just as a journey of 2700-miles leads us back to ourselves, Nature offers many remedies to help us clear out the cobwebs that can inhabit our minds and hearts. We bring you some of these in "Healing Essential Oil Recipes to Cope With and Eradicate Anxiety and Anger".
And these encounters and tools thus become part of our experience and of our journey of self-discovery. And our journey's goal, whether we are aware of it or not, is to reconnect with our Loving nature, our true Self, undistorted by externals, untarnished by the past, unblemished with judgments and fears and regrets. This allows us to get in touch with "A Yearning for Home: Following Your Wild Spirit and Compassionate Heart".
In this week's Astrological Journal, Pam Youghans reminds and encourages us and writes:
"When we see a stark contrast between who we are and who we aspire to be, it can be easy to despair. And yet, our heightened awareness can also inspire us. It can strengthen our determination to be the very best we ourselves can be, to walk the higher road with even greater purpose than before."
We are reminded that we always have a choice: choosing Love over fear. And the wonderful part is that we get to choose over and over again. Like a child that is learning to walk (just as we are learning to walk our talk), we sometimes stumble and fall into anger, into fear, into judgment, etc., yet we pick ourselves up and realize that to attain our goal, we need to choose love, acceptance, compassion... and to see that everyone has their burden, their life lessons, their path... And that we can either assist or not... Love chooses to assist, Love chooses to Love, to share inspiration, to hold someone's hand when they need it, sometimes to simply be there in silence, and at other times to walk away when that is required. Love is our choice... even when we fail momentarily in remembering that... we can always choose again and again...
And the holidays can be trying times, as we return to the families who perhaps were part of our past (and present) challenges and we get to choose again how to react, how to be, how to accept and and how to love.
Wishing you all a wonderful holiday season, whatever your religion, race, gender, or attitude. Love is the shining light on our journey. Lift your love light high and help light the way for the others you encounter along the way...
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 Diane Budd
If you’re reading this, there’s a good chance you’ve heard of animal communication. You may have even asked an animal communicator to work with your animal, and it’s changed how you think and the way you interact with animals.
Written by Tom Voss
I began the final day of the meditation workshop with a strange, unexpected intention: to forgive myself, and to forgive God. James and Ken told us that no matter what happened, we were supposed to keep our eyes closed, keep breathing, and keep going.
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Written by Dr. Miguel Farias and Dr. Catherine Wikholm
We live in an age in which we could theoretically live our lives without the need to leave the house or see another person for days, weeks, months on end. The Japanese have a name – hikikomori – for teenagers or young adults who live as modern-day hermits, refusing to leave their houses for months or even years.
Written by Robert T. London, M.D.
Got a problem? Take a pill. Doesn’t work? Try a different pill, or add another pill to what you’re already taking. The visit may be only fifteen or twenty minutes, and the newest term used for this type of care is “medication management.”
Written by Vannoy Gentles Fite
Coming from a family of high-strung, addictive, compulsive, and emotionally wounded members, I have thought, studied, and researched mood-enhancing and emotional healing methods all of my life. Learning how to cope with and eradicate certain negative influences and to promote positivity has been at the forefront of my brain since I was a young girl.
Written by Carley Mattimore and Linda Star Wolf
We each are unconsciously trying to return home to our ancient roots. This inner calling can be expressed in healthy or unhealthy ways. If we do not heal our wounds, if we are missing a link in the chain of our journey to find our way home, our shadow will be expressed in destructive ways.
by Laura Wilkinson
Christmas is notoriously a time of indulgence: there are all of the chocolates, cheese boards, mince pies, nuts, crisps…
by Sara Jo Nixon
Of course, drinking isn’t limited to a single season, but it holds a prominent place during the holidays.
by Joe Curnow and Anjali Helferty
Millions of youth have participated in climate strikes, negotiations, press conferences and events, demanding urgent…
by Hal Sosabowski
Having a few drinks at Christmas is, for some people, as much a part of the festive tradition as presents, decorations…
by Carl W. Jones
Early gifts used to be fruits or nuts, but as this act took on more importance, gifts became larger and less modest…
by Vanessa Corcoran
Around the Christmas season, it is common to see a display of the Nativity scene: a small manger with the baby Jesus…
by Jamie Gruman
During the holiday season, we are faced with social commitments that sometimes means spending time with people who…
by Tima Bansal and Jury Gualandris
The amount of “stuff” that moves in and out of households during the Christmas season is staggering.
by Karen Rial-Lovera
Intensive agriculture may be nourishing most of the Earth’s inhabitants, but it’s doing the opposite to earth itself.
by Andreas Kappes and Tali Sharot
We’ve all been there. You are in the middle of a heated disagreement when you lose respect for the opposing party.
by Stephan Lewandowsky
Britain recently elected a prime minister who unlawfully shut down parliament to escape democratic scrutiny and who…
by Anthony Dukes and Yi Zhu
Some of the most hated companies in the U.S. are also the most profitable.
by Margaret Morganroth Gullette
Many religious faiths propose different versions of heaven as a location: There are walled gardens with streams,…
by Dariush Mozaffarian
More than half of Americans who make New Year’s resolutions resolve to “eat healthier.” If you’re one, you might be…
by Grant Alexander Wilson
The year 2019 will be known as the year of retail closures in Canada and the United States.
by Elena Merenda and Nikki Martyn
Imagination and play encourage children to think through hypothetical situations and create new worlds
by Carrie Ijichi
The first thing to understand about pain is that it’s an emotional response. The signal that the body has been damaged…
by Nick Golledge
The most important individual climate action will depend on each person’s particular circumstances...
by Laura Kalas Williams
The double-standards of gender “rules” in society have been disconcertingly evident of late.
by Fiona Charlson
The Australian Medical Association (AMA) recently declared climate change a health emergency, reflecting similar…
by Erick M. Mas
They say appearances can be deceiving. In the case of gift giving, they might be right.
by Mark S. Tremblay and Mariana Brussoni
New research from Statistics Canada’s Canadian Health Measures Survey reaffirmed the dramatic decline in Canadian…
by Joshua Schrock
The emotion of lassitude might help your body fight off infection by making certain adjustments.
by Dwan Price
Many foods contain proteins that can set off an oversized immune reaction and one of the fiercest is the humble peanut.
by Alan Finkel
In 1874, science fiction author Jules Verne set out a prescient vision that has inspired governments and entrepreneurs…
by Gary Mortimer and Rebekah Russell-Bennett
Woolworths’ and Coles’ bans on plastic bags have been applauded by environmental groups, but were reportedly met with…
by Kelly Reed
About a quarter of all the greenhouse gas emissions that humans generate each year come from how we feed the world.
by Warren Mabee
Some people will once again ponder whether it is better for the environment to buy an artificial Christmas tree or to…
by Katherine White
Don’t buy the novelty baby Yoda. Don’t buy that game of toilet golf. Don’t buy the wine flask bra. Just. Don’t.
by Jo Aldridge
Most children look forward to the Christmas holidays as a time for fun and families. But for some young carers…
by John Quiggin
The disastrous experience of vocational education and training in Australia holds many lessons about trying to fit…
by C. Michael White
Generic prescription drugs have saved the U.S. about US$1.7 trillion over the past decade. The Food and Drug…
by Raynold Wonder Alorse
Modern society has given significant attention to the promises of the digital economy over the past decade. But it has…
by Julie Broderick
There are a lot of reasons people don’t exercise, and a lot of misconceptions about exercise.
by Bandy X. Lee
Even though mental illness affects one in five adults – and depression is the leading cause of disability worldwide…
by Marshini Chetty
“Dark patterns” meant to push people shopping online into spending more are startlingly common, according to a new…
by Sonja Ayeb-Karlsson
From Sudan to Syria to Bangladesh, climate change is often presented as a powerful and simple root cause of violent…
by Mary Catherine Lundquist
Family caregivers and people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease are at risk for increased stress during the holidays
by The School of Life
Beneath most fights is an attempt to get the other to respond to your emotional reality and sense of justice.
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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