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There's turbulence in the weather, and perhaps also turbulence in our "inner weather"... We face challenges whether in the external world, or with personal relationships, or with our health... It seems the turbulence is to be found both on the inside and the outside. And of course, since everything is a reflection of everything else, this makes perfect sense (though we may not be enjoying it all that much).
We start this week's articles with something that seems obvious, yet not always easy to do. Lauren Walker tells us: "To Change, You Have to Change". In his article, Will Wilkinson quotes Lao Tsu who famously said, "If we don't change direction, we'll end up where we are headed." And we are faced with the harsh reality of places and situations where we really don't want to end up... whether dealing with war, climate catastrophes, health crises, etc.. Will suggests "Riding The D Train: Getting Up and Doing Something Different"
Another area of our lives where change may be needed is in the realm of personal relationships. Sue Patton Thoele recommends "Accepting Family Foibles (And Protecting Yourself!): Teaching Others How To Treat You". We are definitely in a learning situation at this time on planet earth, and we need to take charge of our life to make the necessary changes. Ted Baxter, in his book Relentless, shares a story from his process of healing from a stroke in "Throwing My Own Switch: Motivation, Mind, and Determination".
It seems that there are challenges not just in our personal lives but everywhere we turn. Our attitudes and beliefs need to change and Eileen Workman, in an excerpt from her book Sacred Economics, shares about these needed changes in: "Modern Beliefs About Economics vs. Following The Laws Of Nature".
Sarah Varcas recaps the energies we are going through in "2020 Is Set To Be A Watershed Year: Resistance, Choice Points and Fresh Perspectives" And Pam Younghans, in this week's "Astrological Journal", shares some very good advice: "...remember, throughout this week and for the rest of January at least, how important self-care is now. Whether we're aware of it consciously or it is beyond our level of awareness, we are each navigating some truly profound energy shifts."
So this new year requires our awareness, focus, and clarity. It is not the time to bury our head in the sand, or disappear in la-la-land, as appealing as that may seem at times. It is time to stand up and participate in our life and in the world we live in. We are not bystanders and we are not victims. We are co-creators in the 2020 production of life on Earth.
And let us remember, that "the world's a stage" and we are all playing our part. So let's play it well, yet not get overwhelmed by our character's (or other characters') flaws and foibles. We are in a huge improvisational show... so each choice, each action, each thought is another step in the improv of life. Let's respond from the heart and from a higher perspective than that of competition, anger, and fear.
I wish all of us, clarity and connecting with our inner guidance and our loving heart.
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 Lauren Walker
It is sometimes impossible to understand the path of your life, especially when it takes an unexpected turn toward illness, disease, trauma, or loss. You cast about for answers, build stories to explain your new life, and move forward as best you can.
Written by Will Wilkinson
Trains. Who doesn't love riding on a train? And "switching tracks" is such a perfect metaphor for taking charge of our lives. As Lao Tsu famously said, "If we don't change direction, we'll end up where we are headed."
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Written by Sue Patton Thoele
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Written by Sarah Varcas
2020 is set to be a watershed year offering many opportunities for change and recalibration. On considering the charts for this year I feel excitement about what could be, whilst being mindful of the fact that what will be is largely up to us! There will undoubtedly be challenges along the way, coupled with gifts and blessings.
Written by Eileen Workman
People today are espousing some very strange beliefs about the state of our modern economy. We frequently hear things like: We can no longer afford to educate our children, provide universal health care, clean up our polluted environment, innovate around renewable energy resources, provide food, water and basic shelter for all, share...
by Sarah Kaplan and Isabel Fernandez
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by Jessica Corbett
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by Joshua Rivenbark and Candice Odgers
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by Feng Qiushi
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by Leesa Bruggink
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by Martin Lenz
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by Matteo Farina
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by Carys Jones
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by Darren Lilleker
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by James Carmody
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by Cameron Roberts
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by Richard Brooks
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by Katie Lee and Monika Janda
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by Mara Casey Tieken
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by Jon-Patrick Allem
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by Steve Taylor
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by Mohja Rhoads and Fynnwin Prager
More Americans are using flexible workplace practices – including telecommuting, co-working and off-peak start times...
by Dale Nimmo
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by Neel Shah
Americans still choose to give birth bed-bound, on their backs, with their knees up, legs spread, feet in the air.
by Mark Whitehead
With the exception of Google, there has never been a company that has had this many people using its services.
by Jessica Corbett
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by Luca Panzone and Natasha Auch
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by Nicola Innes and Suzanne Zaremba
While most people know they should drink more water, it can be a bit boring. So what about sparkling water as an option…
by Kawser Ahmed
Countering extremist anti-immigrant and racist attitudes and recruiting in Manitoba requires new approaches.
by Kate Stewart and Matthew Cole
The word “vegan” was invented in 1944 in Leicester, England by Donald Watson and his future wife Dorothy Morgan. That…
by Nuria Mackes
The human brain goes through dramatic developmental changes in the first years of life. During this period it is…
by Gabriel Filippelli
The Trump administration is working to weaken U.S. environmental regulations in many areas, from water and air…
by Julie Shiels
Smartphones have changed the way we inhabit public space and more specifically, how we fill our time while waiting.
by Edward Lemay and Michele Gelfand
Imagine that you’ve had a heated argument with a co-worker, and you call up your husband or wife to talk about it. Your…
by Niral Shah
The narrative that “Asians are good at math” is pervasive in the United States. Young children are aware of it. College…
by Rebecca Knibb
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by Euan Ritchie, et al
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by Simon F. Haeder
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by John Sellars
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by The Gottman Institute
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by Mike Lee
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by Zara Bending
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by Libby Richards
You know physical activity is good for you. But, that isn’t always enough to get or keep you moving.
by Ivan Chase
Hermit crabs can teach us about wealth inequality, according to a new study.
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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