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This week there will be a lot of talk about love, since it's Valentine's Day. Yet the focus sometimes can be on love expressed through flowers and chocolate. But, as we all know, love is much more than what is depicted in Hallmark cards or movies. Love is a deep feeling expressed in thought, attitude, and action. And it doesn't have to do with just one person. It is much bigger than one person or one day.
So this week, we bring you articles on the many facets and nuances of love...And we start with the connection between our "Big Soul" and our "Little Soul" which is destined to be a great love story. (Big Soul and Little Soul: Finding Our Way Back Home written by HeatherAsh Amara, and reprinted from her new book - January 2020 - The Warrior Heart Practice).
We then continue our exploration by looking at sensitive souls' relationship challenges, in an excerpt from a November 2019 book written by Stephanie Red Feather, The Evolutionalry Empath (Learning To Live In The 3-D World: Boundaries, Relationships, and Overcoming The Influences Of Childhood).
And because Love, as with everything else, is a learning process, Nancy Windheart shares pointers in "Learning to Lead In Love" while Dr. Paul Napper, Psy.D. and Dr. Anthony Rao, Ph.D. help you reflect on the importance of "The Company You Keep: Learning To Associate Selectively".
And while Love may seem like a single emotion, a more complete expression of it is "Recognizing and Practicing Wholeheartedness" (article excerpted from a brand new book by Linda Carroll, Love Skiils, being released Feb. 14, 2020).
And sometimes we all need help in seeing the bigger picture, so Eileen Workman shares a great overview in "What Makes A Good Relationship?".
And, of course, the planets assist us in this journey as Pam Younghans shares in the Astrological Journal for the Week: "It is more important than ever to focus on being heart-centered. This means having empathy for others, trusting in the process, allowing your heart to guide your decisions, asking for help when needed, and making self-care a priority."
So this week, while many are focusing on Valentine's Day, let's remember that Love is about more than one person, it is an energy that starts with and within our own self and then can be spread out over the whole world (where it is greatly needed).
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 HeatherAsh Amara
The once-seamless connection between our spiritual nature and our physical form is torn. Instead of making choices from the wisdom of our bountiful Big Soul allied with our ego-personality, we begin to identify more and more with the Little Soul thoughts of who we “should” be rather than the Big Soul–Little Soul union of who we truly are.
Learning To Live In The 3-D World: Boundaries, Relationships, and Overcoming The Influences Of Childhood
Written by Stephanie Red Feather
One of the greatest gifts that evolutionary empaths give to the world is an open, loving heart. We are deeply committed to holding the vibration of love and heart-centeredness on this planet, often to our frequent detriment when we walk the path unconsciously.
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Written by Nancy Windheart
I have been thinking a lot about beauty lately… about how, alongside all of the difficulty, suffering, and tragedy in our world, there is an ever-present flow of beauty, joy, grace, and love all around us… and within us.
Written by Dr. Paul Napper, Psy.D. and Dr. Anthony Rao, Ph.D.
Human beings are social animals—we all need some degree of interaction with other humans for basic survival as well as psychological health. Spending time with empathetic, optimistic, open-minded people and weeding out those who have the opposite qualities will boost your mood, elevate your motivation, and improve your health.
Written by Linda Carroll
The concept of wholeheartedness is a lot like love; it’s a feeling that comes and goes. We may work hard to be wholehearted, and, as with any other kind of fitness, the more one works at it, the better one gets.
Written by Eileen Workman
What makes a good relationship? A willingness to surrender one’s heart—totally and without reservation to your Beloved—and to trust that, when you leap together into the precipice of the unknown, you will be able to reach confidently for one another and find solace or joy in equal measure through that loving communion.
by Hetty Roessingh
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by Anastasia Hronis
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by Robert B. Talisse
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by Arne Mooers
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by Seamus Coyle
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by Weihong Lin and Rakaia Kenney
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by Daisy Dunne
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by Monique Robinson
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by Ritesh Chugh
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by Rola Ajjawi and Mary Dracup
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by Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy
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by Paul Levy
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by Alberto Acerbi and Charlotte Brand
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by Claire Hooker and Ian Kerridge
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by John Quiggin
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by J Bernadette Moore and Barbara Fielding
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by Adrian Bardon
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by Nicole Lee and Brigid Clancy
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by Joanne Dickson
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by Magnus Linden and David Whetham
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by Ian Hesketh and Cary Cooper
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by Joelle Renstrom
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by Pieter Vanhuysse
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by Jay Maddock and Lori Andersen Spruance
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by Taibat Ibitoye
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by Tom Oliver
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by Andre Spicer
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by Clare Collins
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by Lauren Dawson
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by Richard D. Wolff
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Written by Pam Younghans
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