InnerSelf Newsletter: September 20, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: September 20, 2020
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

The theme of the newsletter this week can be summed up as "you can do it" or more specifically "we can do it!". This is another way of saying "you/we have the power to make a change". The image of the arrows hitting the center mark reminds us that we too can aim for a goal and attain it, however "impossible" or grandiose it may seem. Peace and harmony on earth? Got it! Equality and abundance for all? Let's do it. Heaven on earth? Ok, here and now. Get ready, get set, aim and let go! We can do it!

We start with Serge Beddington-Behrens who writes of "World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness". We then move on to Maggie Craddock who asks "What Will Be Your Story? You Can Chart Your Own Course". Then Irene O'Garden shares "Taking the Plunge: A Rite of Passage".

The next article is one I wrote entitled "What Works For Me: 'I Can Do It!'" followed with the next step in the process, presented by Jean Walters who recommends being "Open to Possibilities: Flowing with Life, Motion and Change". We complete this week's featured articles with Jerry Sargeant who presents (and asks): "Meditation Techniques: Is There A Right Way to Meditate?

We complete our offering to you today with the abundance of articles added to the website this week on a great variety of topics having to do with life on Earth, right here, right now, along with new attitudes and new possibilities.

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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World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness

Written by Serge Beddington-Behrens

World Service as a Gateway to Soul and to Happiness
For me, being of service means working on behalf of and thus taking a stand for a cause or causes that we believe in and which are dear to our hearts, and where we feel we can make some kind of positive contribution towards a healthier world.


What Will Be Your Story? You Can Chart Your Own Course

Written by Maggie Craddock

What Will Be Your Story? You Can Chart Your Own Course
When it comes to your life story, deciding where you invest your time and energy during the prime working years of your career is one of the most important decisions you will ever make.


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Taking the Plunge: A Rite of Passage

Written by Irene O'Garden

Taking the Plunge: A Rite of Passage
Near our little house in the woods runs a lovely rushy stream, Clove Creek. While it’s often brisk and prosperous, it takes a huge spring thunderstorm to understand how such a modest flow could carve out the dramatic and beautiful area known locally as The Gorge.


What Works For Me: "I Can Do It!"

Written by Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf

What Works For Me: "I Can Do It!"
The reason I share "what works for me" is that it may work for you as well. If not exactly the way I do it, since we are all unique, some variance of the attitude or method may very well be something that will work for you.


Open to Possibilities: Flowing with Life, Motion and Change

Written by Jean Walters

Open to Possibilities: Flowing with Life, Motion and Change
It is true that change is the only constant. You cannot stop it or interfere with it. It is ongoing and occurring every minute all the time. What you can do is learn to deal with it appropriately so that you are not creating anxiety around change. You can learn to flow with it.


Meditation Techniques: Is There A Right Way to Meditate?

Written by Jerry Sargeant

Meditation Techniques: Is There A Right Way to Meditate?
If you let your mind run riot on its own, your ego will keep you in the illusory world of the future and past and this, my friend, is chaos. By meditating, creating space, becoming still in your mind, you create a natural environment where your creativity can flourish and clarity takes over your soul.


How Pandemic Learning Pods May Undermine The Promises Of Public Education

How Pandemic Learning Pods May Undermine The Promises of Public Education

by Sue Winton

With schools reopening after COVID-19 closures, concerns about the safety and certainty of public schooling have driven…


We've Known For Over A Century That Our Environment Shapes Our Health, So Why Are We Still Blaming Unhealthy Lifestyles?

We've Known For Over A Century That Our Environment Shapes Our Health, So Why Are We Still Blaming Unhealthy Lifestyles?

by Rob Noonan

We’re healthier and live longer than our ancestors, yet we’re constantly reminded of deaths caused by war, terrorism…


What Does A False Positive Mean? Making Sense Of Covid-19 Tests And Terminology

What Does A False Positive Mean? Making Sense Of Covid-19 Tests And Terminology

by Priyanka Gogna

During the COVID-19 pandemic, words and phrases that have typically been limited to epidemiologists and public health…


Far From Being Anti-Religious, Faith and Spirituality Run Deep In Black Lives Matter (BLM)

Far From Being Anti-Religious, Faith and Spirituality Run Deep In Black Lives Matter

by Hebah H. Farrag and Ann Gleig

Black Lives Matters (BLM) has been portrayed by its detractors as many things: Marxist, radical, anti-American. Added…


Why Yelling At People Who Aren't Wearing Masks Won't Work

Why Yelling At People Who Aren't Wearing Masks Won't Work

by Nicole Hassoun

There is strong scientific evidence that wearing a mask reduces the risk of transmitting the coronavirus and cuts down…


Defending The 2020 Election Against Hacking: 5 Questions Answered

Defending The 2020 Election Against Hacking: 5 Questions Answered

by Douglas W. Jones

In 2016, Russia managed to penetrate systems in several states but there’s no evidence that they “pulled the trigger”…


6 Ways Mail-in Ballots Are Protected From Fraud

6 Ways Mail-in Ballots Are Protected From Fraud

by Charlotte Hill and Jake Grumbach

Voter fraud is very rare, whether people vote in person or by mail. That much is clear from a large body of research.


How Good Nutrition Can Contribute To Keeping Diseases Away

How Good Nutrition Can Contribute To Keeping Diseases Away

by Grayson Jaggers

The connection between the pandemic and our dietary habits is undeniable. The stress of isolation coupled with a…


Vizards, Face Gloves and Window Hoods: A History of Masks In Western Fashion

Vizards, Face Gloves and Window Hoods: A History of Masks In Western Fashion

by Lydia Edwards

Masks have emerged as unlikely fashion heroes as the COVID-19 pandemic has developed. Every conceivable colour and…


Good News Stories From Vietnam's Second Wave – From Dragon Fruit Burgers to Mask ATMs

Good News Stories From Vietnam's Second Wave – Inclusive Innovation: Free Rice and Free Mask ATMs

by Ba-Linh Tran and Robyn Klingler-Vidra

Vietnam was a clear success story of the COVID-19 pandemic by May 2020, recording very low infection rates and being…


What Is A Hurricane Storm Surge and Why Is It So Dangerous?

What Is A Hurricane Storm Surge and Why Is It So Dangerous?

by Anthony C. Didlake Jr

As Hurricane Sally headed for the northern Gulf Coast on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, forecasters warned of a…


3 Keys To Meaningful Work

3 Keys To Meaningful Work

by Mehran Nejati and Azadeh Shafaei

Given we spend, on average, about 90,000 hours at work, most of us want work that’s more than just a source of income.…


10 Tips For Coping With Wildfire Smoke

10 Tips For Coping With Wildfire Smoke

by Sarah Henderson

Wildfires have burned millions of acres in the western United States this year. Tens of thousands have been evacuated…


How To Land A Job When Companies Have Shifted To Virtual Hiring

How To Land A Job When Companies Have Shifted To Virtual Hiring

by Joshua Bourdage et al

Companies are shifting towards virtual hiring. With staggering unemployment in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many…


Scarabs, Phalluses, Evil Eyes — How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease

Scarabs, Phalluses, Evil Eyes — How Ancient Amulets Tried To Ward Off Disease

by Marguerite Johnson

Throughout antiquity, from the Mediterranean to Egypt and today’s Middle East, people believed that misfortune…


How Family and Friends Can Help To End Domestic Violence

How Family and Friends Can Help To End Domestic Violence

by Krista M. Chronister

Domestic violence disproportionately affects women and girls around the world. In the United States, one in four women…


How Both Climate Change and Forest Management Have Fueled Today's Epic Western Wildfires

How Both Climate Change and Forest Management Have Fueled Today's Epic Western Wildfires

by Steven C. Beda

What is driving the wildfires that are ravaging California, Oregon and Washington? President Trump and state officials…


Why Batch Testing and Contact Tracing Are The Two Keys To Stop The Lockdown Yo-yo

Why Batch Testing and Contact Tracing Are The Two Keys To Stop The Lockdown Yo-yo

by Richard Holden

Back in March and April 2020, I (and many other economists) argued for lockdowns to get COVID-19 infections under…


Why Do Women Change Their Stories Of Sexual Assault?

Why Do Women Change Their Stories Of Sexual Assault?

by Allison Sarah Reeves Somogyi

As a scholar, I have examined the circumstances that can prompt victims to change their stories about sexual assault.


80% of Doctors Mistakenly Blame Nicotine For Smoking Risks

80% of Doctors Mistakenly Blame Nicotine For Smoking Risks

by Maud Alobawone

Most physicians mistakenly believe that nicotine leads to cancer and heart and respiratory diseases, according to a new…


How The Far Right Is Exploiting The Pandemic With Conspiracies

How The Far Right Is Exploiting The Pandemic With Conspiracies

by Blyth Crawford

Just as the global death toll from COVID-19 reached 250,000 at the start of May this year, a short film emerged that…


To Be A Great Innovator, Learn To Embrace And Thrive In Uncertainty

To Be A Great Innovator, Learn To Embrace And Thrive In Uncertainty

by Todd Saxton

Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was America’s first female self-mademillionaire. She pioneered a line of hair…


So You Think Your Internet Passwords Are Secure?

So You Think Your Internet Passwords Are Secure?

by Paul Haskell-Dowland and Brianna O'Shea

Passwords have been used for thousands of years as a means of identifying ourselves to others and in more recent times…


How The Civil War Drove Medical Innovation – And The Pandemic Could, Too

How The Civil War Drove Medical Innovation – And The Pandemic Could, Too

by Jeffrey Clemens

The current COVID-19 pandemic, the largest public health crisis in a century, threatens the health of people across the…


If You're Thinking of Leaving A Violent Partner, You Need A Financial Plan. This Toolkit Can Help

If You're Thinking of Leaving A Violent Partner, You Need A Financial Plan. This Toolkit Can Help

by Glennda Scully

The COVID-19 pandemic has driven a surge of calls to domestic violence support services, as survivors of violence spend…


The Loneliness of Social Isolation Can Affect Your Brain and Raise Dementia Risk In Older Adults

The Loneliness of Social Isolation Can Affect Your Brain and Raise Dementia Risk In Older Adults

by Karra Harrington and Martin J. Sliwinski

Physical pain is unpleasant, yet it’s vital for survival because it’s a warning that your body is in danger. It tells…


Methane Is Short-Lived In The Atmosphere But Leaves Long-Term Damage

Methane Is Short-Lived In The Atmosphere But Leaves Long-Term Damage

by Zebedee Nicholls and Tim Baxter

Methane is a shorter-lived greenhouse gas - why do we average it out over 100 years? By doing so, do we risk emitting…


5 Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home

5 Cost-Effective Ways To Reduce Your Carbon Footprint At Home

by Wendy Rowan et al

Since the pandemic struck, most people have been spending the majority of their time in the house. Those working from…


Wearable Fitness Devices Deliver Early Warning of Possible Covid-19 Infection

Wearable Fitness Devices Deliver Early Warning of Possible Covid-19 Infection

by Albert H. Titus

The difficulty many people have getting tested for SARS-CoV-2 and delays in receiving test results make early warning…


What’s In Your Medicine May Surprise You

What’s In Your Medicine May Surprise You

by Yelena Ionova

There are many more ingredients in every pill you take than what is listed on the bottle label.


Why Women Bosses Get Different Reactions Than Men When They Criticize Employees

Why Women Bosses Get Different Reactions Than Men When They Criticize Employees

by Martin Abel

Imagine that your boss Ethan calls you into his office. He expresses disappointment in your recent performance and lack…


Does Ignoring Robocalls Make Them Stop?

Does Ignoring Robocalls Make Them Stop?

by Sathvik Prasad and Bradley Reaves

More than 80% of robocalls come from fake numbers – and answering these calls or not has no effect on how many more…


Are Your Devices Spying On You?

Are Your Devices Spying On You?

by Kayleen Manwaring and Roger Clarke

From internet-connected televisions, toys, fridges, ovens, security cameras, door locks, fitness trackers and lights…


Why Smoke From Wildfires Can Worsen Covid-19 Risk

Why Smoke From Wildfires Can Worsen Covid-19 Risk

by Luke Montrose

Two forces of nature are colliding in the western United States, and wildland firefighters are caught in the middle.


Arctic Warming: Are Record Temperatures And Fires Arriving Earlier Than Scientists Predicted?

Arctic Warming: Are Record Temperatures and Fires Arriving Earlier Than Scientists Predicted?

by Christopher J White

It was a grim record. On June 20 2020, the mercury reached 38°C in Verkhoyansk, Siberia – the hottest it’s ever been in…


What A Smoky Room Can Teach Us About The 6-Foot Rule

What A Smoky Room Teaches Us About The 6-Foot Rule

by Byron Erath et al

It’s true that staying 6 feet from other people can reduce the chance of a coronavirus-laden respiratory droplet…


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. 


REMEMBER YOUR FUTURE...

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.

Karl Rove & Steve Bannon Told Us the Republican Plan

Karl Rove & Steve Bannon Told Us the Republican Plan

Daily Kos User Greatlyconcerned

Democrats need to understand the real Republican plan of why this is happening and have a plan of our own beyond just voting.


Defending The 2020 Election Against Hacking: 5 Questions Answered

Defending The 2020 Election Against Hacking: 5 Questions Answered

by Douglas W. Jones

In 2016, Russia managed to penetrate systems in several states but there’s no evidence that they “pulled the trigger”…


OLDIES & GOODIES:

Forgiving Means Releasing The Pain Associated With An Event

Forgiving Means Releasing The Pain Associated With An Event

by Doreen Virtue

Forgiving means "releasing the pain associated with an event. You don't need to forgive the action, just the person.…


Are We Evolving? Stages of Consciousness Evolution and Awareness

Are We Evolving? Stages of Consciousness Evolution and Awareness

by Swami Sivananda Radha

Each culture sees human life as a progression through a series of stages... in an attempt to understand the evolution…


How To Take Baby Steps Towards A New Reality

How To Take Baby Steps Towards A New Reality

by Marie T. Russell

If we were able to remember how we felt as a child learning to crawl, we probably would remember looking on with…


A New Golden Rule and The Couple's Manifesto of Love

A New Golden Rule and The Couple's Manifesto of Love

by Susan K. Perry, Ph.D.

The familiar Golden Rule -- Do unto others as you would have them do unto you -- has analogues throughout the world's…


Are You Burnt Out?

Be True to Your Passion and Experience Livelihood not Deadlihood

by Alan Cohen

People who have found their true calling report that they are having so much fun, they feel like they should be paying…


Appreciating Your Partner and Being Mindful of Each Other

Appreciating Your Partner and Being Mindful of Each Other

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Do the best couples have any secret strategies for staying mindful and not taking one another for granted? Paying…


Your Natural Power Of Imagination Is The Basic Creative Energy Of The Universe.

Your Natural Power of Imagination Is The Basic Creative Energy Of The Universe

by Gus Fowler

Losers visualize the penalties of failure. Winners visualize the rewards of success. Today, we are going to talk about…




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