InnerSelf Newsletter: February 9, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: February 9, 2020
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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
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
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Big Soul and Little Soul: Finding Our Way Back Home

Written by HeatherAsh Amara

Big Soul and Little Soul: Finding Our Way Back Home
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

Learning To Live In The 3-D World: Boundaries, Relationships, and Overcoming The Influences Of Childhood
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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Learning to Lead In Love

Written by Nancy Windheart

Learn to Lead In Love
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.


The Company You Keep: Learning To Associate Selectively

Written by Dr. Paul Napper, Psy.D. and Dr. Anthony Rao, Ph.D.

The Company You Keep: Learning To Associate Selectively
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.


Recognizing and Practicing Wholeheartedness

Written by Linda Carroll

Recognizing and Practicing Wholeheartedness
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.


What Makes A Good Relationship?

Written by Eileen Workman

What Makes A Good Relationship?
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.


How Handwritten Valentines Create A Legacy Of Love And Literacy
How Handwritten Valentines Create A Legacy of Love and Literacy

by Hetty Roessingh

Romantic love is a complex emotion thought to have ancient roots in human evolution, and associated with the need to…


What Does Gamble Responsibly Actually Mean?
What Does Gambling Responsibly Actually Mean?

by Anastasia Hronis

Advertisements for gambling and online betting tell us to “gamble responsibly”. But what does this mean in reality? And…


What Really Happens To Medicines After Their Use-by Dates?
What Really Happens To Medicines After Their Use-by Dates?

by Michael Cole

It is estimated that there is a staggering £300m worth of medicine unused in the UK every year. But is it safe to take…


Are Firstborn Children Really Natural Leaders?
Are Firstborn Children Really Natural Leaders?

by Klara Sabolova

Everybody knows that firstborns are natural leaders, middle children are rebels and the baby of the family is spoiled…


Do We Fear A Pandemic, Or Are We Experiencing A Pandemic Of Fear?
Do We Fear A Pandemic, or Are We Experiencing A Pandemic Of Fear?

by Arne Ruckert, et al

The coronavirus outbreak in China raises important questions about how well governments manage the latest pathogens to…


Can Artificial Intelligence Ever Rival Human Creativity?
Can Artificial Intelligence Ever Rival Human Creativity?

by Tim Schweisfurth and René Chester Goduscheit

The European Patent Office recently turned down an application for a patent that described a food container. This was…


Civility In Politics Is Harder Than You Think
Civility In Politics Is Harder Than You Think

by Robert B. Talisse

People say they want everyone to have cool heads and polite exchanges of views, even during important political debates.


Bird Species Are Facing Extinction Hundreds Of Times Faster Than Previously Thought
Bird Species Are Facing Extinction Hundreds Of Times Faster Than Previously Thought

by Arne Mooers

Evidence suggests the number of species going extinct, and the rate at which they disappear, is increasing dramatically.


Death: Can Our Final Moment Be Euphoric?
Can Our Final Moment In Life Be Euphoric?

by Seamus Coyle

It is often assumed that life wages a battle to the last against death. But is it possible, as you suggest, to come to…


Hidden By A Pleasant Scent: The Health Consequences Of Flavor In E-cigarettes
Hidden By A Pleasant Scent: The Health Consequences Of Flavor In E-cigarettes

by Weihong Lin and Rakaia Kenney

Since June 2019, 2,711 have been hospitalized and 60 have died due to EVALI (e-cigarette-associated lung injury), the…


Understanding The Impacts Of Changing Arctic Storms
Understanding The Impacts Of Changing Arctic Storms

by Daisy Dunne

The world’s largest polar research expedition is currently underway in the Arctic. The year-long expedition, known as…


A Parent's Guide To Managing Tantrums
A Parent's Guide To Managing Tantrums

by Monique Robinson

The first almighty toddler tantrum is a milestone in every child’s development that will never make the baby book.


Charging Your Phone Using A Public USB Port? Beware Of 'Juice Jacking'
Charging Your Phone Using A Public USB Port? Beware Of 'Juice Jacking'

by Ritesh Chugh

Cybercriminals are on the prowl to infect your mobile devices such as smartphones and tablet computers and access your…


Why Failing A Subject Isn't Always Just A Student's Fault
Why Failing A Subject Isn't Always Just A Student's Fault

by Rola Ajjawi and Mary Dracup

As students start university, failure is probably the last thing they want to think about. But university failure is…


8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs
8 Things We Do That Really Confuse Our Dogs

by Melissa Starling and Paul McGreevy

Dog behaviour is extraordinarily flexible – this is why we can keep them in our homes and take them to cafes with us at…


Why Laptops Could Be Facing The End Of The Line
Why Laptops Could Be Facing The End Of The Line

by Paul Levy

Do you need a buy a new laptop, or is it time to switch to a different device altogether?


Why Are Pop Songs Getting Sadder Than They Used To Be?
Why Are Pop Songs Getting Sadder Than They Used To Be?

by Alberto Acerbi and Charlotte Brand

Are popular songs today happier or sadder than they were 50 years ago?


How Chickens Became The Ultimate Symbol Of The Anthropocene
How Chickens Became The Ultimate Symbol Of The Anthropocene

by Carys Bennett, et al

We are living on the planet of the chickens. The broiler (meat) chicken now outweighs all wild birds put together by…


Why Dying Inspires So Many Writers And Artists
Why Dying Inspires So Many Writers And Artists

by Claire Hooker and Ian Kerridge

It may seem paradoxical, but dying can be a deeply creative process. Public figures, authors, artists and journalists…


How Measures Of Happiness Tell Us Less Than The Economics Of Unhappiness
How Measures Of Happiness Tell Us Less Than The Economics Of Unhappiness

by John Quiggin

Over the past 20 years or so, the study of the economics of happiness has boomed. By contrast, the economics of…


There Are High Levels Of Sugar In Organic And Children's Yogurts
There Are High Levels Of Sugar In Organic And Children's Yogurts

by J Bernadette Moore and Barbara Fielding

In our survey of yogurts, we found that less than 10% were low sugar – almost none of which were children’s yogurts.


Why Humans Are Hardwired To Dismiss Facts That Don't Fit Their Worldview
Why Humans Are Hardwired To Dismiss Facts That Don't Fit Their Worldview

by Adrian Bardon

Something is rotten in the state of American political life. The U.S. (among other nations) is increasingly…


Here's How To Cut Back Or Quit alcohol
Here's How To Cut Back Or Quit Alcohol

by Nicole Lee and Brigid Clancy

Relying on intention and willpower to stop drinking, even for a short period, is not usually enough.


How To Thrive In A Stressful Grade 12
How To Thrive In A Stressful Grade 12

by Joanne Dickson

Research shows anxiety levels are high for many students in year 12 as they focus on academic goals that may determine…


There Is A Personality Profile That Is Linked To War Crimes
There Is A Personality Profile That Is Linked To War Crimes

by Magnus Linden and David Whetham

There is a personality profile that is linked to war crimes. It raises the question of whether military organisations…


The Dark Side Of 21st Century Flexible Working Conditions
Leaveism: The Dark Side Of 21st Century Flexible Working Conditions

by Ian Hesketh and Cary Cooper

A different phenomenon is employees using annual leave or other work entitlements, such as banked flexi-hours, to go…


Is Secondhand Screen Time The New Secondhand Smoking?
Is Secondhand Screen Time The New Secondhand Smoking?

by Joelle Renstrom

By not limiting their own phone use, parents and other caregivers may be unwittingly setting kids up to be addicted to…


Why Neurotic People More Likely To Complain About The Welfare State
Why Neurotic People More Likely To Complain About The Welfare State

by Pieter Vanhuysse

The famous “big five” personality traits – neuroticism, openness, agreeableness, conscientiousness and extroversion…


Why Snacks After Youth Sports Is A Bad Idea
Why Snacks After Youth Sports Is A Bad Idea

by Jay Maddock and Lori Andersen Spruance

Research has shown that youth who participate in sports leagues are eight times as likely to be active in their early…


How To Spot The Signs Of Malnutrition In Older Adults
How To Spot The Signs Of Malnutrition In Older Adults

by Taibat Ibitoye

While the obesity crisis is still considered the foremost public health epidemic in the west, one often overlooked…


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We Are Not Individuals Fighting A Faceless System But Are The System That Needs To Change

by Tom Oliver

Climate change no longer seems just a future threat. In 2019, major fires in Australia, Russia and California burned…


How 'Future Fatigue' Is Putting People Off The 22nd Century
How 'Future Fatigue' Is Putting People Off The 22nd Century

by Andre Spicer

The future isn’t what it used to be, at least according to the Canadian science fiction novelist William Gibson.


How Do I Know If My Child Is Developing Normally?
How Do I Know If My Child Is Developing Normally?

by Belinda Cuomo, et al

You always thought he was quiet or shy. But is there something more happening? Is his behaviour normal? How concerned…


Here Are 4 Things To Help Treat Constipation
Here Are 4 Things To Help Alleviate Constipation

by Clare Collins

Chronic constipation is incredibly common. Around one in four people worldwide report symptoms, while in Australia and…


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We Have The Vaccine For Climate Disinformation – Let's Use It

by Stephan Lewandowsky and John Hunter

Australia’s recent bushfire crisis will be remembered for many things – not least, the tragic loss of life, property…


Why Huge Success In Business Is Largely Based On Luck
Why Huge Success In Business Is Largely Based On Luck

by Chengwei Liu

No rule exists for achieving exceptional performance because it usually requires doing something different or novel and…


Are You A Cat Whisperer? How To Read Fluffy's Facial Expressions
Are You A Cat Whisperer? How To Read Fluffy's Facial Expressions

by Lauren Dawson

Cats are popular pets: there are an estimated 200 million pet cats worldwide, with more pet cats than pet dogs.


10 Things You Should Know About Socialism
10 Things You Might Not Know About Socialism

by Richard D. Wolff

What do we mean when we talk about “socialism”? Here are ten things about its theory, practice, and potential that you…


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

Horoscope Week: February 10 - 16, 2020

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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