InnerSelf Newsletter: August 30, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: August 30, 2020
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

The roads we are travelling these days are as old as the times, yet are new for us. The experiences we are having are as old as the times, yet they also are new for us. The same goes for the challenges we face. So this week we share various ways to traverse these times and come out on the other side of these challenges in a better world, as a better person.

We start with "Discovering Your Own Gateway To The Soul" from a new book by Serge beddington-Behrens. Maggie Craddock then helps us answer the question: "What Do I Do If I Sense Trouble? " and firefighter Hersch Wilson shares "How To Stay Calm In An Emergency or Under Stress: A Primer".  We follow that with my article, "When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action".

And then there are physical and health challenges in our lives. Jane Duncan Rogers delves into a difficult topic : "Talking About a Subject Hardly Anyone Wants to Talk About: Death". Barb DePree MD reflects on another somewhat "taboo" subject: "Your Menopause, Your Future, Your Choices". We also take a look at "A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda".

We complete the featured articles this week with a short article I wrote based upon a song I came across: "When Your Back Is Against The Wall". It felt like a song we might all relate to at this time.

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, health-full, and loving week.


Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
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Discovering Your Own Gateway To The Soul

Written by Serge Beddington-Behrens

Discovering Your Own Gateway To The Soul
I was extremely fortunate in that very soon after leaving university, a gateway came stalking me. (Yes, we need to know that what we are looking for is also seeking us out.)  It took the form of my bumping into a friend who happened to tell me about a mysterious spiritual community in Scotland...


What Do I Do If I Sense Trouble?

Written by Maggie Craddock

What Do I Do If I Sense Trouble?
One reason the story of the Titanic disaster has such enduring appeal is that it is an object lesson in the need to question perceived reality, trust our gut, and when necessary, act on our own personal authority to save others and ourselves.


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How To Stay Calm In An Emergency or Under Stress: A Primer

Written by Hersch Wilson

How To Stay Calm In An Emergency or Under Stress: A Primer
The singular and most important idea that will help us stay calm in an emergency — or at any other time — is that we have a choice. It often doesn’t feel like we have a choice. Something happens, we get rear-ended on the highway, and we are quick to anger.


When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action

Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com

When The Truth Is So Terrible It Hurts, Take Action
Amidst all the horrors taking place these days, I am inspired by the rays of hope that shine through. Ordinary people standing up for what is right (and against what is wrong). Baseball players, white and black, both teams, walking off the field in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement. And today, I came across the video of the Seattle Seahawks' head coach Pete Carroll...


Talking About a Subject Hardly Anyone Wants to Talk About: Death

Written by Jane Duncan Rogers

Talking About a Subject Hardly Anyone Wants to Talk About: Death
In the Western world, we are not very good at talking about death. It’s almost as if it has become a taboo subject. One of the ways we demon­strate our uncomfortableness on this subject is to use euphemisms for death.


Your Menopause, Your Future, Your Choices

Written by Barb DePree, MD

Your Menopause, Your Future, Your Choices
As women at midlife, we understand our priorities. We’ve demonstrated how good we are at problem-solving, over and over again. Many of us find midlife to be a time of reinvention, starting new careers or businesses, or diving into new volunteer endeavors.


A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda

Written by Marianne Teitelbaum, D.C.

A Truly Alternative, Alternative Medicine: Ayurveda
America is reeling from an epidemic of ill health that drives people to despair and to doctors. The litany is ­familiar: cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, and digestive disturbances, with the latter two often one and the same.


When Your Back Is Against The Wall

Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf

When Your Back Is Against The Wall
I love the internet. Now I know a lot of people have a lot of bad things to say about it, but I love it. Just like I love the people in my life -- they are not perfect, but I love them anyway.


The White Supremacist Origins of Modern Marriage Advice

The White Supremacist Origins of Modern Marriage Advice

by Jane Ward

When I was conducting research for my new book on the destructive aspects of modern heterosexual relationships, I…


How Cool Touch Shirts Can Make You Feel Cool On Hot Days

How Cool Touch Shirts Can Make You Feel Cool On Hot Days

by Susan L. Sokolowski

It’s another hot and sweaty summer day, and you see an ad for a sports T-shirt claiming it is made out of a material…


How To Stay Connected and Socially Distant While Returning To The Office

How To Stay Connected and Socially Distant While Returning To The Office

by Daniel Beunza, City and Derin Kent

Companies around the world are debating how and when to return to the office. Health and safety has taken on a whole…


Can The Cruise Industry Really Recover From Coronavirus?

Can The Cruise Industry Really Recover From Coronavirus?

by Liz Sharples and Kokho Jason Sit

On Sunday, August 16 2020, the first major cruise ship to take to the Mediterranean in almost five months sailed out of…


How Setting Aside Some Worry Time Can Help Reduce Anxiety Over Covid-19 Lockdowns

How Setting Aside Some Worry Time Can Help Reduce Anxiety Over Covid-19 Lockdowns

by Dougal Sutherland

Many people will be feeling anxious, disappointed and even angry about the return of COVID-19 in the community.


Dirty Tricks Climate Scientists Faced In Three Decades Since First IPCC Report

Dirty Tricks Climate Scientists Faced In Three Decades Since First IPCC Report

by Marc Hudson

Thirty years ago, in a small Swedish city called Sundsvall, the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC)…


Vitamin C Could Help Older Adults Retain Muscle Mass

Vitamin C Could Help Older Adults Retain Muscle Mass

by Ailsa Welch and Richard Hayhoe

As we get older, our skeletal muscle mass, strength and power to move gradually decline, which may lead to a condition…


7 Ways To Better Design Quarantine, Based On What We Know About Human Behaviour

7 Ways To Better Design Quarantine, Based On What We Know About Human Behaviour

by Holly Seale

When we hear of people who have allegedly escaped from mandatory quarantine — whether that’s from hotels in Perth,…


Ancient Faces, Familiar Feelings: How Expressions May Be Recognisable Across Time and Cultures

Ancient Faces, Familiar Feelings: How Expressions May Be Recognisable Across Time and Cultures

by Megan Willis

Human faces are arguably the most important things we see. We are quick to detect them in any scene, and they command…


Why Are Americans Buying More Guns Than Ever?

Why Are Americans Buying More Guns Than Ever?

by Aimee Huff and Michelle Barnhart

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and protests for racial justice, the gun industry’s trade association, the National Shooting…


Maria Montessori Challenged and Changed How Kids Are Taught, and Remains Influential Today

Maria Montessori Challenged and Changed How Kids Are Taught, and Remains Influential Today

by Catherine McTamaney

One hundred and fifty years after Maria Montessori’s birth, tens of thousands of teachers around the world still hail…


08 28 are hurricanes strengthening more rapidly

Are Hurricanes Strengthening More Rapidly?

by Chris Slocum

Hurricane Laura blew up quickly as it headed for the Louisiana coast, intensifying from a tropical storm to a major…


Why Slowly Increasing Calories After Dieting Won't Prevent Weight Regain – But May Have Other Benefits

Why Slowly Increasing Calories After Dieting Won't Prevent Weight Regain – But May Have Other Benefits

by Duane Mellor

While there are many debates about which type of diet is best for weight loss and health, it’s often not the weight…


Are Animals Picky Eaters Because Parents Teach Them What's Safe To Eat?

Are Animals Picky Eaters Because Parents Teach Them What's Safe To Eat?

by Camille Troisi

The internet is filled with blogs and articles offering advice for parents who are trying to coax children into eating…


How Police Legitimacy Can Be Regained Once Lost

How Police Legitimacy Can Be Regained Once Lost

by Colin Rogers

There is a well-known phrase that describes a certain view of police officers. Often abbreviated in graffiti and on…


Why India Is Key For Global Access To A Covid-19 Vaccine

Why India Is Key For Global Access To A Covid-19 Vaccine

by Rory Horner

The great COVID-19 vaccine race is on. Pharmaceutical companies around the world are going head to head, while…


Why Wasps Become So Annoying At The End Of Summer

Why Wasps Become So Annoying At The End Of Summer

by Seirian Sumner

The sausages are sizzling, the burgers browned, and the beer is cold. You’re all set for the perfect end-of-summer BBQ.…


How Facial Recognition Technology Is Flawed and Biased Racially

How Facial Recognition Technology Is Flawed and Biased Racially

by Jane Bailey et al

Detroit police wrongfully arrested Robert Julian-Borchak Williams in January 2020 for a shoplifting incident that had…


How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotic Use

How to Heal Your Gut After Antibiotic Use

by Michelle Schoffro Cook

If you’ve ever taken a course of antibiotics, then you’re probably familiar with some of the side effects of these…


Many Struggling Small Businesses Are At Risk From US Postal Service Delays

Many Struggling Small Businesses Are At Risk From US Postal Service Delays

by Ednilson Bernardes

Thousands of baby chicks shipped to small poultry farmers through the U.S. Postal Service have arrived at their…


People With Eating Disorders Saw Their Symptoms Worsen During The Pandemic

People With Eating Disorders Saw Their Symptoms Worsen During The Pandemic

by Dawn Branley-Bell and Catherine Talbot

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a negative impact across the entire population, but one group likely to have been…


How Vaping Increases The Risk Of Coronavirus

How Vaping Increases The Risk Of Coronavirus

by Deirdre Gilpin

By now, we are all familiar with guidance on how to reduce your risk of contracting coronavirus: wash your hands, wear…


Why Emily Dickinson Is The Unlikely Hero Of Our Time

Why Emily Dickinson Is The Unlikely Hero Of Our Time

by Matthew Redmond

She has been the precocious “little dead girl” admired by distinguished men; the white-clad, solitary spinster…


4 Reasons Urban Farming Should Flourish Post-Pandemic

4 Reasons for Urban Farming to Flourish, Post-Pandemic

by Dan Evansy and Jess Davies

Since lockdown, public interest in growing fruit and vegetables at home has soared. Seed packets are flying off shelves…


7 Reasons Why Skipping Rope Is So Good For You

7 Reasons Why Skipping Rope Is So Good For You

by Lindsay Bottoms

While many of us may remember skipping as something we did as children, the pastime has regained popularity during the…


What Is A Derecho? An Atmospheric Scientist Explains These Rare But Dangerous Storm Systems

What Is A Derecho? An Atmospheric Scientist Explains These Rare But Dangerous Storm Systems

by Russ Schumacher

Thunderstorms are common across North America, especially in warm weather months. About 10% of them become severe…


Why Freedom Of Religion Doesn't Mean Freedom From Mask Mandates

Why Freedom Of Religion Doesn't Mean Freedom From Mask Mandates

by John E. Finn

Mask mandates do not violate the First Amendment’s protections for freedom of speech, assembly and association, as…


Remote Learning Gives Us A Chance To Reinvent K-12 Education

Remote Learning Gives Us A Chance To Reinvent K-12 Education

by Carl Kurlander

Many of the nation’s 57 million K-12 students will spend at least part of the 2020-2021 school year either dealing with…


How The Shady World Of The Data Industry Strips Away Our Freedoms

How The Shady World Of The Data Industry Strips Away Our Freedoms

by Uri Gal

The recent questioning of the heads of Amazon, Facebook, Google and Apple in the US Congress has highlighted the threat…


How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Young People's Career Plans

How The Coronavirus Pandemic Is Affecting Young People's Career Plans

by Ceryn Evans

The coronavirus pandemic has had a serious and potentially detrimental impact on the lives of young people.


Why "Our Police Are The Hammers and We Are The Nails" Has Failed

Why "Our Police Are The Hammers and We Are The Nails" Has Failed

by Shima Baughman

As Americans across the nation protest police violence, people have begun to call for cuts or changes in public…


We Pieced Together The Most Precise Records Of Major Climate Events From Thousands Of Years Ago. Here’s What We Found

We Pieced Together The Most Precise Records Of Major Climate Events From Thousands Of Years Ago. Here’s What We Found

by Ellen Corrick et al

Massive ice-sheets covered northern Europe and northern Asia, and about half of North America, and global sea-levels…


Why Young Men Are More Likely To Believe Covid-19 Myths

Why Young Men Are More Likely To Believe Covid-19 Myths

by Carissa Bonner et al

We found men and people aged 18-25 are more likely to believe COVID-19 myths. We also found an increase among people…


Also check out the InnerSelf section, Remember Your Future, for articles dealing with issues that are related to you and the upcoming 2020 US election for President, Senate, etc.:

Why Donald Trump Still Appeals To Many Evangelicals
by Emma Long

How Trump Could Win In 2020, Without Cheating
by J.M. Opal


Astrological Journal for the Week

Written by Pam Younghans

Astrological Journal for the Week

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. 


OLDIES & GOODIES:

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Changing the World in One Day

The Gentle Art of Blessing: Changing the World in One Day

by Pierre Pradervand

Every day, everyone we meet can be assisted by simply our changing our attitude and our focus. We can all change the…


 

The Dangers of Indifference and Cynicism

The Dangers of Indifference and Cynicism

by Daisaku Ikeda

Words which contain a reference to good and evil have become degraded, especially those which refer to the good -- not…


Four Steps to Spiritual Growth: Become A Clearer Expression Of Your Own Divine Self

Four Areas Of Spiritual Growth That Are Very Valuable

by William Rand

For spiritual growth to take place in your life, you must change. You must let go of some areas in your life and…


How to Seek Healing Guidance from Dreams and Dream Prescriptions

How to Seek Healing Guidance from Dreams and Dream Prescriptions

by Wanda Easter Burch

In the ancient world, people routinely sought healing guidance from dreams and from the divine power that showed itself…


One Minute Strategies for Arthritis, Joint Inflammation, and Osteoarthritis

One Minute Strategies for Arthritis, Joint Inflammation, and Osteoarthritis

by Dana Ullman

There are dozens of kinds of arthritis: osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, gout, systemic lupus, and bursitis, to…


Become An Authentic Rebel: You Are Not A Robot or Machine

You Are Not A Robot or Machine: Become An Authentic Rebel

by Osho

The world tries to mold every person into a commodity: useful, efficient, obedient - never rebellious, never asserting…


Speak To Me Of Love - Not Bills and Money

Speak To Me Of Love - Not Bills and Housecleaning

by Sherry Lehman, M.A.

Foreplay is a 24 hour a day affair for most women, in that it is everything that happens between partners during the…


Are You A Cultural Creative? You Are Likely To Be A Cultural Creative If You...

Are You A Cultural Creative? You Are Likely To Be A Cultural Creative If You...

by Paul H. Ray Ph.D. & Sherry Ruth Anderson, Ph.D.

Since the 1960s, 26 percent of the adults in the United States -- 50 million people -- have made a comprehensive shift…


How To Use Color, Nature, and Sound for a Harmonious Home

How To Use Color, Nature, and Sound for a Harmonious Home

by Terah Kathryn Collins

Color can be a tremendous Ch'i enhancement when you love it, or cause a real depletion in energy if you don't. If a…


Love Your Neighbor... and Your Family... and Yourself, Unconditionally

Can You Love Your Neighbor... and Your Family... and Yourself, Unconditionally?

by Marie T. Russell

Maybe that is the problem with the world. Everyone is treating their neighbors (whether individuals or countries) the…



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