InnerSelf Newsletter: December 13, 2020

InnerSelf Newsletter: December 13, 2020 
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Welcome... Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

This week feels like a new beginning... perhaps because Monday (the 14th) brings us a new moon and a total solar eclipse... or perhaps because we are approaching the December solstice and the New Year, or perhaps because many people are feeling relief with the arrival of a Covid vaccine, or perhaps, just because we really need a new beginning.

Pam Younghans just submitted the Astrological Journal for this week, and the theme of new beginnings is supported astrologically as well. I quote from her first paragraph: "The sense of anticipation in the air is palpable. Some may be crediting the feeling to various external developments, but in truth we are feeling the build-up to a very powerful time astrologically.."

And as with any new beginning, changes take place in attitudes, expectations, and actions -- and it happens one step and one day at a time. We at InnerSelf support you in this transition with our featured articles of the week:

Diana Rowan tells us about the process of "Finally Believing in Yourself: Love Yourself, Love Life, Love Others", We continue the new beginning, or actually the next stage of our journey, with "Living Your Truth and Your Evolutionary Calling" written by Kim Chestney. Sarah Varcas, in her article about Monday's solar eclipse, enjoins us: "Don’t Go Back To Sleep! The Future Is Calling!". 

And, as with many "new beginnings" or journeys, there are sometimes setbacks, or challenges. Hunter Clarke-Fields shares her personal journey and lessons in "My Greatest Wins As A Mom Stem From Moments of Failure". And to assist in the current pandemic-altered reality in the holiday season, Vicky Oliver brings you "Your Gift-Giving Guide for a Pandemic-Altered Holiday".

I think we are all ready for a change. The pandemic has pushed us, perhaps, to a point where we are "sick and tired of being sick and tired". You are probably aware of the changes needed in your personal life as well as in the world around you. Covid has shaken us from the "same-old-same-old" existence that we were living. We now have the opportunity to make a change... not only in our own personal lives, but also in the way we interact with the world around us, and the way the world interacts with us.

As I look over the featured articles, I see that we are being reminded that it is time to believe in ourselves, love ourselves and others, love life and the planet... to live our truth and follow our calling, and to wake up from the coma we've been living in.

Reality shows became popular several years ago, however, what we need to realize is that we are the greatest reality show there is. We are it! And it is up to us to decide what we do, and what we set as our goals in our ongoing personal and planetary reality show. 
We are not here to exist as couch potatoes watching others live. If we were supposed to be potatoes, we'd have been born as potatoes. We were born with a loving heart and with a connection to cosmic intelligence, and we have the opportunity to create the best life we can on our planet, this lovely blue jewel floating in the sky. 

This is indeed a new beginning. The Age of Aquarius is arriving and needs us to take part. We are not spectators in this world. We are the actors. We are the creators. We are the ones who make a difference. So I encourage you to revision your highest dreams for life on this earth, and let's all participate together in making it a wonderful place to live for all.

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
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"

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Finally Believing in Yourself: Love Yourself, Love Life, Love Others

Written by Diana Rowan

Finally Believing in Yourself: Love Yourself, Love Life, Love Others
Many peo­ple suffer from Impostor Syndrome. Even those who have the highest academic, artistic, and business-related achievements suffer from feelings of unworthiness.


Living Your Truth and Your Evolutionary Calling

Written by Kim Chestney

Living Your Truth and Your Evolutionary Calling
When you live your truth, you know who you are, and you own it. The person you are inside and the person you are to the world are one and the same. You are no longer reluctant or afraid to stand for what you really are.


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Don’t Go Back To Sleep! The Future Is Calling! Total Solar Eclipse December 14, 2020

Written by Sarah Varcas

Don’t Go Back To Sleep! The Future Is Calling! Total Solar Eclipse December 14, 2020
Reality calls and we cannot simply ignore events in this relative world of ego run amok. This solar eclipse, the second of two eclipses this season, delivers the harshest truths entwined with the most refined states of consciousness. Our challenge is to be open to both, not favouring one over the other. 


My Greatest Wins As A Mom Stem From Moments of Failure

Written by Hunter Clarke-Fields MSAE

My Greatest Wins As A Mom Stem From Moments of Failure
I curled up in a ball on the wood floor. I buried my face in my hands. Who said parenting would feel like this? No one. It’s supposed to be filled with soft-focus moments, me gazing lovingly at my child, right? So what is wrong with me?


Your Gift-Giving Guide for a Pandemic-Altered Holiday

Written by Vicky Oliver

Your Gift-Giving Guide for a Pandemic-Altered Holiday 
As the pandemic restricts plans, long distance trips to visit relatives or meals with family and friends may be replaced with a video call. Still, you would like loved ones to know that they are remembered over the holidays. Make their gifts personal and meaningful without exceeding your budget.


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by Prasenjit Mitra

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Why We're So Bad At Counting The Calories We Eat, Drink or Burn
Why We're So Bad At Counting The Calories We Eat, Drink or Burn

by Kaitlin Woolley and Peggy Liu

People often eat more than usual around the holidays – and this year more than most as the pandemic prompts many to…


Why Living In The Future, Rather Than The Past, Is Key To Coping With Lockdowns
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by Jane Ogden and Amelia Dennis

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a tough year for people across the globe, with billions facing at least one lockdown.…


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How To Spot and Cope With Holiday Depression

by Kim Ward

Advice from the psychiatry department at the College of Human Medicine and College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan…


Why Celebrating Christmas Is Good For Your Mental Health
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by Nilufar Ahmed

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that entering wholeheartedly into the spirit of the season – while keeping to…


Global Emissions Are Down By An Unprecedented 7% — But Don’t Start Celebrating Just Yet
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by Pep Canadell et al

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Oregon Just Decriminalized All Drugs – Here's Why Voters Passed This Groundbreaking Reform
Oregon Just Decriminalized All Drugs – Here's Why Voters Passed This Groundbreaking Reform

by Scott Akins and Clayton Mosher

Oregon became the first state in the United States to decriminalize the possession of all drugs on Nov. 3, 2020.…


How Covid’s Impact On Health and Finances Lasts Even After Recovery
How Covid’s Impact On Health and Finances Lasts Even After Recovery

by Kara Gavin

Surviving a case of COVID-19 that is bad enough to land you in the hospital is hard enough. But the problems don’t…


Why The Virgin of Guadalupe Is More Than A Religious Icon To Catholics In Mexico
Why The Virgin of Guadalupe Is More Than A Religious Icon To Catholics In Mexico

by Rebecca Janzen

Each year, as many as 10 million people travel to the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, in what is…


Hypocrisy Is No Match For Partisanship: From The White House To Ancient Athens
Hypocrisy Is No Match For Partisanship: From The White House To Ancient Athens

by Raman Sachdev

Numerous studies show that people respond with outrage against public figures once their hypocrisy has been discovered.


Christmas Will Be Different This Year But It's Important To Celebrate Together, Even Online
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by Mhairi Bowe

There is no doubt that Christmas will be different this year. Lockdowns and distancing guidelines have already…


How To Start A Business: A Beginner's Guide By An Expert In Strategy
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by Lianne Taylor

2020 was the Chinese Year of the Rat – associated with the “rat-like qualities” of quick thinking and adaptability…


What Psychology Can Tell Us About Why Some People Don’t Wear Masks
What Psychology Can Tell Us About Why Some People Don’t Wear Masks

by Helen Wall et al

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Conspiracy Theories May Seem Irrational But They Fulfill A Basic Human Need

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by Michael Parent

As the ongoing pandemic has a larger segment of the population working from home — with all of its attendant…


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by Matthew Whitby

The Beginner’s Guide is a narrative video game with no goals or objectives. Instead, it tells the story of a person…


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If Your Child Has Reading, School or Social Struggles, It May Be D.L.D.

by Elin Thordardottir et al

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History Shows Why The Road To A Vaccine Roll-out Is Always Bumpy

by Samantha Vanderslott

If you have been following the media coverage of the new vaccines in development for COVID-19, it will be clear that…


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by Josh Milburn

The Singapore Food Agency has approved “chicken bites” containing meat made from real chicken cells that were grown…


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by Paul J. Maginn and Philip Hubbard

The most COVID-19 lockdowns were accompanied by sobering news from the UK’s high streets. Many of the closures are…


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How Brains Change by Middle Age After Lead Exposure As A Kid

by Karl Bates

A group of middle-aged adults had some small but significant changes in brain structure more than three decades after…


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"Metabolic Confusion Diet" Won't Boost Metabolism – But It Could Have Other Benefits

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How Remote Learning Is Making Educational Inequities Worse

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by Jaigris Hodson

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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:

Is Doing God's Will Contrary to Our Individual Will?
Is Doing God's Will Contrary to Our Individual Will?

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Conscious Workplace: Expressing Spirituality in Our Everyday Actions

by Kathleen Hawkins

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Afraid of the Unknown: How Important Is Change In A Person's Life?

by Stuart Wilde

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There is a healing instinct within you that can manifest in dreams. You'd be surprised at the straightforward health…


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