InnerSelf Newsletter: October 18, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: October 18, 2020
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

These days we are living in mini-bubbles... in our own homes, at work, and in public, and possibly in our own mind and with our own emotions. However, living in a bubble, or feeling like we are somehow cut off from others, does not mean that we stop living, growing, and moving forward. We can thrive in times of challenge. Many people can testify that their greatest progress in life came because of a challenge of some kind.

So how do we thrive when going through trauma or life challenges? This week, our authors help us reflect on how to do that. We start with Lawrence Doochin who offers "3 Steps to Pull Yourself into the Now and Overcome Fear". We then move on to Christine Arylo and "How To Shift Away from Overwhelm, Burnout, and Self-Sacrifice".

Malcolm Stern writes about "Thriving In The Face of Deep Instability" and Sarah Varcas brings astrological insights in "Mercury Retrograde Revelations: Everything Still to Play For! ".

Throughout these times, the outside world keeps on keeping on, and changes are taking place in the political world and the realms of consciousness. Amit Goswami expands our perception of these two areas in "Plutocracy vs. Meritocracy vs. the Evolutionary Movement of Consciousness".

We complete the featured articles of the week, with Hersch Wilson and an excerpt from his book Firefighter Zen: "When The Caring Leaves... and When It Comes Back". All in all, we are reminded that life is full of cycles, of ups and downs, of times of joy and of sadness, of living "full-out' and then taking time to rest and recharge.

We are well-served to remember that "this too shall pass" and that everything that happens is a step on the ladder of consciousness and human evolution. As we do our best to live from our heart and listen to our intuition, we are guided to the what, when, where, why, and who of our next steps and our next experiences. We can thrive even in the midst of madness, of illness, of confusion, of frustration, etc. etc.

The only limitations that matter are the ones we place on our own self, on our own mind, on our own heart. As we release all limits from being the loving being we truly are, then life will take shape and we will be creating the future we desire.

As Pam Younghans states in this week's "Astrological Journal":

"WE ARE CROSSING a bridge into a new reality – a world so new that we cannot yet visualize what it might look like, or even conceive exactly how we will get there. Our task at this point is not to presume to know each step we will take in the journey, but to focus on how we want to feel as we step into that new landscape, and what we can imagine as the best of all worlds manifesting."

So let's not get discouraged... or if we do, let's remember to pick ourselves back up and look to the light and love within our heart and within the heart of others, and take the next step, and the next, and the next, and move closer and closer to the loving world we wish to create and live in.

Please scroll down for the featured articles in this new issue of InnerSelf, and also the recap and links to 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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3 Steps to Pull Yourself into the Now and Overcome Fear

Written by Lawrence Doochin

3 Steps to Pull Yourself into the Now and Overcome Fear
Our minds are constantly in the past, focusing on our memories; or in the future, focusing on our expectations. But both of these states of mind are breeding grounds for fear. If we can pull our attention back to the present moment, the fear subsides. Here’s how to shift into ...


How To Shift Away from Overwhelm, Burnout, and Self-Sacrifice

Written by Christine Arylo

How To Shift Away from Overwhelm, Burnout, and Self-Sacrifice
The first step in changing what’s not working for you is awareness — becoming conscious of what you are currently blind to. You simply cannot change what you cannot see. But when you do see what was previously hidden, you gain the power to change it.


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Thriving In The Face of Deep Instability

Written by Malcolm Stern

 Thriving In The Face of Deep Instability
It is our challenge to find strength and meaning in the tragedies, fears and confusions that confront us. In discovering ways of dealing with those inevitable events, we have the possibility of alchemizing our experience, turning the base metal of our pain into the gold of wisdom, understanding, enrichment and purpose.


Mercury Retrograde Revelations: Everything Still to Play For!

Written by Sarah Varcas

Mercury Retrograde Revelations: Everything Still to Play For!
Mercury in Scorpio will not rest until the very root of a matter is exposed. It challenges us to seek out hidden agendas and obscured facts, resisting the misdirections cast by those who prefer we (or they) remain in the dark. When retrograde, this Mercury pursues truths so profoundly obscured...


Plutocracy vs. Meritocracy vs. the Evolutionary Movement of Consciousness

Written by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Plutocracy vs. Meritocracy vs. the Evolutionary Movement of Consciousness 
To summarize, we are at a crossroads. There is the old-world perspective of feudalism—rule by a king in cahoots with a religious oligarchy. Following this perspective ends up in a dictatorship supported by a plutocracy and oligarchy.


When The Caring Leaves... and When It Comes Back

Written by Hersch Wilson

 When The Caring Leaves... When It Comes Back
It’s important to realize that everyone’s process — everyone’s sense of tragedy, loss, and grief — will be different. Some feel as if they are going crazy, or they feel absolutely lost. Some find handrails — like faith, community, a spouse — that keep them grounded. There is no one way. 


Advice To Women To 'Lean In', Be More Confident... It Doesn't Help

Advice To Women To 'Lean In', Be More Confident... It Doesn't Help

by Leonora Risse

“Just be more confident, be more ambitious, be more like a man.” These are the words of advice given over and over to…


Why Schools Often Fail To Identify Gifted and Talented Students

Why Schools Often Fail To Identify Gifted and Talented Students

by Marcia Gentry

About a decade ago, I was working with a large, urban school district on creating a gifted and talented program that…


In Defence of Jargon – It Might Be Infuriating But It Also Has Its Uses

In Defence of Jargon – It Might Be Infuriating But It Also Has Its Uses

by Andre Spicer

Anyone who tried to get their head around the financial crisis of 2008 soon found themselves drowning in an alphabet…


How Strong Is Your Grip? It Says A Lot About Your Health

How Strong Is Your Grip? What Does It Tell You About Your Health?

by Adam Taylor

The human hand is remarkable. Not only does it allow us to throw, grab, climb and pick things up, it can also be a…


Are Individualistic Societies Worse At Responding To Pandemics?

Are Individualistic Societies Worse At Responding To Pandemics?

by Tomasz Mickiewicz, et al.

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson recently suggested that coronavirus infections are higher in the UK than Germany or…


Why Vulnerable Workers Have Been Hit Hardest By The Pandemic

Why Vulnerable Workers Have Been Hit Hardest By The Pandemic

by rian McDonough

Deprived communities and the most vulnerable in society are bearing the brunt of hardship in the pandemic.


Distance Learning Makes It Harder For Kids To Exercise, Especially In Low-Income Communities

Distance Learning Makes It Harder For Kids To Exercise, Especially In Low-Income Communities

by Katelyn Esmonde and Keshia Pollack Porter

This fall hasn’t felt much like “back to school” for many children. Instead, many are staying at home and attending…


World Menopause Day: How Cultural Representations of 'The Change' Are Empowering Women

World Menopause Day: How Cultural Representations of 'The Change' Are Empowering Women

by Katy Shaw

In an episode of the comedy Absolutely Fabulous entitled “menopause”, Patsy starts to experience hot flashes and night…


Ballet Dancers Should Absolutely Think About Becoming Computer Programmers

Ballet Dancers Should Absolutely Think About Becoming Computer Programmers

by John Bryson

There has been quite a backlash since the UK government launched an advert encouraging dancers to think about…


How Do Pandemics End? History Suggests Diseases Fade But Are Almost Never Truly Gone

How Do Pandemics End? History Suggests Diseases Fade But Are Almost Never Truly Gone

by Nükhet Varlik

When will the pandemic end? All these months in, with over 37 million COVID-19 cases and more than 1 million deaths…


Could Schrödinger's Cat Exist In Real Life?

Could Schrödinger's Cat Exist In Real Life?

by Stefan Forstner

Have you ever been in more than one place at the same time? If you’re much bigger than an atom, the answer will be no.


Why Donald Trump's Words Work... And What To Do About It

Why Donald Trump's Words Work... And What To Do About It

by Robert Danisch

As America chaotically careens toward election day with President Donald Trump fighting a COVID-19 infection, we should…


How Much Do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

How Much Do Our Genes Restrict Free Will?

by Hannah Critchlow

Many of us believe we are masters of own destiny, but new research is revealing the extent to which our behaviour is…


Can We Actually Learn To Live With Coronavirus?

Can We Actually Learn To Live With Coronavirus?

by Sarah Pitt

As we move into the last quarter of 2020, the virus that has defined this troubled year is showing no signs of going…


More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents – But Is That Necessarily Bad?

More Young Adults Are Living With Their Parents – But Is That Necessarily Bad?

by Jeffrey Arnett

When the Pew Research Center recently reported that the proportion of 18-to-29-year-old Americans who live with their…


3 Ways To Get Your Point Across While Wearing A Mask

3 Ways To Get Your Point Across While Wearing A Mask

by Cheryl Chambers

You wear your mask, keep six feet between yourself and others and are committed to safety. But the measures that help…


From Renaissance Portraits To Salvador Dalí, Artists Used Flies To Make A Point About Appearances

From Renaissance Portraits To Salvador Dalí, Artists Used Flies To Make A Point About Appearances

by Sally Hickson

After the October 7, 2020, vice-presidential debate in the United States, the fly that landed on Vice-President Mike…


PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Are Widespread and Threaten Human Health

PFAS 'Forever Chemicals' Are Widespread and Threaten Human Health

by Carol Kwiatkowsk

Like many inventions, the discovery of Teflon happened by accident. In 1938, chemists from Dupont (now Chemours) were…


Why You're More Likely To Lie For Your Boss

Why You're More Likely To Lie For Your Boss

by Jennifer Jordan and Tim Vriend

We generally believe that it is a good thing to have strong relationships with the people we work for and those we…


How A Seaweed Extract Could Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes

How A Seaweed Extract Could Help Treat Type 1 Diabetes

by Katrina Wesencraft

Type 1 diabetes used to be a death sentence. After a diagnosis, patients were put on a starvation diet. The lucky ones…


Why Males May Have A Worse Response To Covid-19

Why Males May Have A Worse Response To Covid-19

by Meghan E. Rebuli

If you ask most women about how their male relatives, partners and friends respond to being sick, they’ll often tell…


Restoring California's Forests To Reduce Wildfire Risks Will Take Time, Billions of Dollars and Broad Commitment

Restoring California's Forests To Reduce Wildfire Risks Will Take Time, Billions of Dollars and Broad Commitment

by Roger Bales and Martha Conklin

As California contends with its worst wildfire season in history, it’s more evident than ever that land management…


Political Leaders’ Views On Covid-19 Risk Are Highly Infectious In A Polarized Nation – We See The Same With Climate Change

Political Leaders’ Views On Covid-19 Risk Are Highly Infectious In A Polarized Nation – We See The Same With Climate Change

by Wanyun Shao

When President Donald Trump announced he was leaving the hospital after being treated for COVID-19, he sent his…


Social Distancing Is Making Public Transport Worse For The Environment Than Cars – Here's How To Fix It

Social Distancing Is Making Public Transport Worse For The Environment Than Cars – Here's How To Fix It

by Thomas Woolley et al.

During lockdown, travel restrictions caused car and public transport use to plummet across the UK. On April 12 2020…


How Researchers Are Preparing For The Coming Wave of Deepfake Propaganda

How Researchers Are Preparing For The Coming Wave of Deepfake Propaganda

by John Sohrawardi and Matthew Wright

An investigative journalist receives a video from an anonymous whistleblower. It shows a candidate for president…


Obesity Has Become The New Normal But It's Still A Health Risk

Obesity Has Become The New Normal But It's Still A Health Risk

by Tim Olds

Nike’s London store recently introduced a plus-sized mannequin to display its active clothing range which goes up to a…


Tinder Fails To Protect Women From Abuse. But When We Brush Off Dick Pics As A Laugh, So Do We

Tinder Fails To Protect Women From Abuse. But When We Brush Off Dick Pics As A Laugh, So Do We

by Rosalie Gillett and Nicolas Suzor

An ABC investigation has highlighted the shocking threats of sexual assault women face when “matching” with people on…


How Can Cloth Stop A Tiny Virus? What’s The Best Fabric? Do They Protect The Wearer?

How Can Cloth Stop A Tiny Virus? What’s The Best Fabric? Do They Protect The Wearer?

by Catherine Clase et al

Face masks reduce the spread of viruses passed on from respiratory secretions. While cloth masks are imperfect…


Richard Flanagan's The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Considers Griefs Big and Small

Richard Flanagan's The Living Sea of Waking Dreams Considers Griefs Big and Small

by Tony Hughes-d'Aeth

The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan’s eighth novel, is one of a slew of novels one expects to emerge from…


How Doing Good May Make People More Attractive

How Doing Good May Make People More Attractive

by Sara Konrath and Femida Handy

Giving is good for you. For years, researchers have been finding that people who support charities or volunteer for…


Why Some Hurricanes Stall and Why That Is So Hard To Forecast

Why Some Hurricanes Stall and Why That Is So Hard To Forecast

by Kimberly Wood

A lot can go wrong when hurricanes stall. Their destructive winds last longer. The storm surge can stay high. And the…


Why Virtual Courtrooms May Threaten Justice

Why Virtual Courtrooms May Threaten Justice

by Vincent Denaul

Since the beginning of the health crisis, courts in many countries have been making a technological shift. The number…


Two Of Us: Inside John Lennon's Incredible Songwriting Partnership With Paul McCartney

Two Of Us: Inside John Lennon's Incredible Songwriting Partnership With Paul McCartney

by Adam Behr

John Lennon was acutely aware of his place in the musical lineage, and the strengths and weaknesses of his own…


How A Radical Nature-Based Agenda Would Help Society Overcome the Psychological Effects of Coronavirus

How A Radical Nature-Based Agenda Would Help Society Overcome the Psychological Effects of Coronavirus

by Matthew Adams

More of us than ever are stuck indoors, whether we are working at home, self-isolating, or socially distancing from…


Experiencing Physical Pain Can Cause You To Overspend

Experiencing Physical Pain Can Cause You To Overspend

by Eugene Y. Chan

Suffering from pain causes consumers to spend more money than they otherwise would – perhaps 20% more – according to…


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:

Meditation Is What Happens Naturally When...

Meditation Is What Happens Naturally When...

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Aging Gracefully

Aging Gracefully and Healthily: Accepting and Loving Our Body

by Louise Hay

The ways in which we currently age have been programmed into us, and we have accepted this idea as a reality. We…


Finding Your Inner Teacher: Where Do You Start?

Finding Your Inner Teacher: Where Do You Start?

by Shakti Gawain

Once we've developed a relationship with our own inner teacher and guide, we have access to an unerring source of…


In This World of Distraction, Choosing Careful Action and Intentional Awareness

In This World of Distraction, Choose Careful Action and Intentional Awareness

by Ajahn Sumano Bhikkhu and Emily Popp

The world of distraction spins around and around, while moving continuously to keep itself amused and entertained. It…


Facing Pain and Grief with the Intention to Heal

Facing Pain and Grief with the Intention to Heal

by Deborah Morris Coryell

Intention is the ability to decide what it is we want to achieve and then setting out to achieve that goal. We use the…


Get Rid of Stress by Discovering & Living Your Spiritual Purpose

Get Rid of Stress by Discovering and Living Your Spiritual Purpose

by Bruce D. Schneider, Ph.D.

Each soul incarnated into a specific form on earth for a unique purpose. Your journey is now and exists at this moment…


Are You Taking the Risk to Hear & Be Heard?

Taking the Risk to Listen and Be Heard with the Heart

by Rick Phillips

We may think that because of the development of the ability to see and hear into the far reaches of space that we must…



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