InnerSelf Newsletter: December 27, 2020

 InnerSelf Newsletter: December 27, 2020
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The new year is quickly approaching. The arrival of the new year can be a time of reflection, or re-evaluation of where we are, and where we are going. Many of us see this as an opportunity for a fresh start, whether in actions, attitudes, or aspirations. This week, we bring you articles to help you in the transition into 2021. 

We start off this week's articles with a look at simplifying our lives with "Simplify to Support Your Peaceful Home ". For some of us, we may feel there is a conflict between living our life purpose and living an abundant life, however Prema Lee Gurreri assures us that "The Intersection of Prosperity and Life Purpose is Your Financial "Sweet Spot".

Amit Goswami reminds us that "Making changes requires purposefulness. We have to really wake up to the fact that we are not machines randomly responding to chance events in the world. We are actually a purposeful consciousness." in his article entitled: "Mythology Is the History of the Soul: Logos, Purposefulness, and Mythos ". Another shift in focus that is currently taking place is our "Moving from the Age of the Son to the Age of the Holy Spirit".

We round off the featured articles of the week, with a focus on opening our hearts as we create our New Year's resolutions in "How To Set Good New Year’s Resolutions For 2021 ".

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 new year.


Marie T. Russell
editor/publisher,
InnerSelf.com
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Simplify to Support Your Peaceful Home

Written by Hunter Clarke-Fields MSAE

Simplify to Support Your Peaceful Home
Our commercial culture screams at us to go, go, go and buy, buy, buy as the way to happiness, but just as too many sweets will make us sick, too much stuff and a packed schedule leave us stressed, anxious, and unable to appreci­ate the abundance that we have.


The Intersection of Prosperity and Life Purpose is Your Financial "Sweet Spot"

Written by Prema Lee Gurreri

The Intersection of Prosperity and Life Purpose is Your Financial "Sweet Spot"
We all have a desire for wealth and prosperity. But there’s a deeper meaning to this desire than simply accumulating material goods or fattening our bank accounts. When properly aligned with our purpose, passion, and high-value gifts, our desire for wealth and prosperity is like a compass pointing us toward our greater purpose in the world.


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Mythology Is the History of the Soul: Logos, Purposefulness, and Mythos

Written by Amit Goswami, Ph.D.

Mythology Is the History of the Soul: Logos, Purposefulness, and Mythos
Making changes requires purposefulness. We have to really wake up to the fact that we are not machines randomly responding to chance events in the world. We are actually a purposeful consciousness.


Moving from the Age of the Son to the Age of the Holy Spirit

Written by Richard Smoley

Moving from the Age of the Son to the Age of the Holy Spirit
People are interested in spiritual experience (if only at times of crisis or transition in their lives), and the clergy have not been trained to guide them through such experiences. All great religions, although their inner essence is esoteric and inevitably the province of the few, have to make some provision for the world at large. 


How To Set Good New Year’s Resolutions For 2021

Written by Sandra Knispel

How To Set Good New Year’s Resolutions For 2021
As you set your New Year’s resolutions for 2021, consider a resolution to help others, says an expert on motivation.


Tinnitus and Vertigo: Disorders of the Ear That Are Diverse and Yet Connected
Tinnitus and Vertigo: Disorders of the Ear That Are Diverse and Yet Connected

by Anton Stucki

The complex process of hearing is connected to symmetry and balance. Let us consider 2 special cases of hearing…


New Year’s Resolution Tips For 2021: Focus On Getting To The End Of Covid-19
New Year’s Resolution Tips For 2021: Focus On Getting To The End Of Covid-19

by Katherine Arbuthnott

Welcoming the new year may feel a bit different this year, given the challenges of 2020 and the inability to celebrate…


Ideally, We Won’t Remember the 2020 Holidays
Ideally, We Won’t Remember the 2020 Holidays

by Brandie Jefferson

This unusual—and painful—holiday season may fade from our collective memory, say researchers. That’s actually the best…


To Beat The Winter Blues, Think Like A Norwegian
To Beat The Winter Blues, Think Like A Norwegian

by Melissa De Witte

You might find inspiration for handling the dark months ahead from Norwegians, according to Kari Leibowitz.


why are we calling it social distancing right now we need social connections more than ever
Why Are We Calling It 'Social Distancing'? Right Now, We Need Social Connections More Than Ever

by Katharine H. Greenaway et al.

We are now a society at a distance. But the label used to describe these measures – “social distancing” – is a…


Why Disney, Pixar And Netflix Are Teaching Your Children The Wrong Messages About Pain
Why Disney, Pixar And Netflix Are Teaching Your Children The Wrong Messages About Pain

by Melanie Noel and Abbie Jordan

Understanding the powerful influence that media has on preschoolers and kindergarteners is important because this is a…


Can Joe Biden Heal The United States?
Can Joe Biden Heal The United States?

by Arie Kruglanski and Robert B. Talisse

When Joe Biden becomes president on Jan. 20, 2021, he will lead a fractured nation whose political factions are…


5 Tips for Ventilation to Reduce Covid Risk At Home and Work
5 Tips for Ventilation to Reduce Covid Risk At Home and Work

by Mary-Louise McLaws

As many of us congregate indoors over dinner and drinks during the holidays, we need to think about ventilation to…


Why Skipping Holiday Rituals Sparks Such Outrage
Why Skipping Holiday Rituals Sparks Such Outrage

by Laura Counts

Simply telling people not to gather for holiday rituals to avoid spreading COVID-19 won’t work, say researchers who…


Would You Eat Indoors At A Restaurant? We Asked Five Health Experts
Would You Eat Indoors At A Restaurant? We Asked Five Health Experts

by Laurie Archbald-Pannone et al

Earlier this fall, many of the nation’s restaurants opened their doors to patrons to eat inside, especially as the…


Let's Talk Turkey: Is Dark Meat or White Meat Healthier?
Let's Talk Turkey: Is Dark Meat or White Meat Healthier?

by Adam Taylor

Turkey, the traditional festive bird features as number three on the “foods consumed at Christmas” list, after roast…


Gut Health: Does Exercise Change Your Microbiome?
Gut Health: Does Exercise Change Your Microbiome?

by Rachael Rigby and Karen Wright

It’s well known that the microbes living in our guts are altered through diet. For example, including dietary fibre and…


The Borrowed Customs and Traditions of Christmas Celebrations
The Borrowed Customs and Traditions of Christmas Celebrations

by Lorna Piatti-Farnell

The main ways we understand and mark the occasion seem to be rather similar across the world. It’s about time with…


What Did 2020 Teach Us About The Way We Eat?
What Did 2020 Teach Us About The Way We Eat?

by Barbara Santich

Pasta. Rice. Tinned tomatoes. All staples that, prior to 2020, most of us never thought would be in short supply.


Poutine In A Pie: Would You Eat A Tourtine This Holiday Season?
Poutine In A Pie: Would You Eat A Tourtine This Holiday Season?

by Geneviève Sicotte

I recently saw a culinary invention — “tourtine” — that left me thinking. The dish, as its name suggests, is a hybrid…


How British People Weathered Exceptionally Cold Winters
How British People Weathered Exceptionally Cold Winters

by Georgina Endfield

As global temperatures rise, snowy winters could become a thing of the past in much of the UK, according to a recent…


How Holiday Cards Help Us Cope With A Not-So-Merry Year
How Humorous Holiday Cards Help Us Cope With A Not-So-Merry Year

by Matthew McMahan

The first Christmas card was, perhaps predictably, one of good cheer. The concept is commonly credited to Sir Henry…


Are Your Christmas Spices Fake?
Are Your Christmas Spices Fake?

by Chris Elliott and Simon Haughey

There are many flavours associated with Christmas: cinnamon, mint, nutmeg, and, of course, sage. But before you head to…


Magnetic Induction Cooking Can Cut Your Kitchen's Carbon Footprint
Magnetic Induction Cooking Can Cut Your Kitchen's Carbon Footprint

by Kenneth McLeod

To curb climate change, many experts have called for a massive shift from fossil fuels to electricity. The goal is to…


How To Manage Family Expectations and Avoid Breaking Rules This Christmas
How To Manage Family Expectations and Avoid Breaking Rules This Christmas

by David Comerford et al

The festive period heightens the sort of inner conflicts that have characterised 2020. On one hand, it is socially…


The Morality of Feeling Empathy For Strangers and Family Alike
The Morality of Feeling Empathy For Strangers and Family Alike

by Brendan Gaesser and Zoë Fowler

The year 2020 has been no stranger to suffering. In the midst of a global pandemic, widespread financial hardship and…


The World's Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About Seven Sisters Stars May Reach Back 100,000 Years
The World's Oldest Story? Astronomers Say Global Myths About Seven Sisters Stars May Reach Back 100,000 Years

by Ray Norris

In the northern sky in December is a beautiful cluster of stars known as the Pleiades, or the “seven sisters”. Look…


Coronavirus Is Accelerating A Culture of No Touching – Here's Why That's A Problem
Coronavirus Is Accelerating A Culture of No Touching – Here's Why That's A Problem

by Cathrine Jansson-Boyd

Touch has profound benefits for human beings. But over the last few decades, people have become increasingly cautious…


The Term 'fake news' Is Doing Great Harm
The Term 'Fake News' Is Doing Great Harm

by Joshua Habgood-Coote

It’s easy to think that everyone knows what “fake news” means – it was Collins Dictionary’s word of the year in 2017…


Wildfire Smoke Changes Dramatically As It Ages, and That Matters For Downwind Air Quality
Wildfire Smoke Changes Dramatically As It Ages, and That Matters For Downwind Air Quality

by Brett B. Palm

The year 2020 will be remembered for many reasons, including its record-breaking wildfires that turned San Francisco’s…


5 Strategies To Reduce Addiction-like Behaviours Over The Holidays
5 Strategies To Reduce Addiction-like Behaviours Over The Holidays

by Tanya Mudry

With the pressures of the holiday season, rising COVID-19 rates and the resulting social isolation from friends and…


Greenwashing: Can You Trust That Label?
Greenwashing: Can You Trust That Label?

by Jo Coghlan

Producers and retailers of everything from toilet paper to homes want you to believe that their product is “green”.…


The Current Sewing Surge Is A Chance To Rediscover The Practical Arts
The Current Sewing Surge Is A Chance To Rediscover The Practical Arts

by Mary Gale Smith

United Kingdom Prime Minister Boris Johnson sent Britons Googling this past fall when he said “a stitch in time saves…


Why In The Covid-19 Era, Older Adults See Time Differently and Are Doing Better Than Younger People
Why In The Covid-19 Era, Older Adults See Time Differently and Are Doing Better Than Younger People

by Marcia G. Ory,

Time in the era of COVID-19 has taken on new meaning. “Blursday” is the new time word of the year – where every day…


Feeling Pressured To Buy Christmas Presents? Read This (and think twice before buying candles)
Feeling Pressured To Buy Christmas Presents? Read This (and think twice before buying candles)

by Gary Mortimer and Jana Bowden

Christmas marks a peak in consumerism across the West. Despite the COVID downturn, this Christmas the spending frenzy…


How Your Christmas Shopping Could Harm Or Help The Planet
How Your Christmas Shopping Could Harm Or Help The Planet

by Louise Grimmer et al

The shopping frenzy is not good for the planet. It generates a mountain of waste including plastics, and decorations…


Pandemic Cooking and Jewish Food Rituals Offer Comfort In Times Of Sickness
Pandemic Cooking and Jewish Food Rituals Offer Comfort In Times Of Sickness

by Hanna Tervanotkoy and Katharine Fitzgerald

From our morning routines to our cultural and religious traditions, the COVID-19 pandemic has intensely highlighted our…


How To Prepare and Protect Your Gut Health Over Christmas and End-of-Year Season
How To Prepare and Protect Your Gut Health Over Christmas and End-of-Year Season

by Claus T. Christophersen

It’s that time of year again, with Christmas parties, end-of-year get-togethers and holiday catch-ups on the horizon…


The Truth About Much Casual Work Is It's Really About Permanent Insecurity
The Truth About Much Casual Work Is It's Really About Permanent Job Insecurity

by David Peetz

The flexibility is really in employers’ ability to hire and fire, thereby increasing their power. For many casual…


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:

Young People and Activists To Change the World: Create Tomorrow's World Today
Create Tomorrow's World Today: Young People and Activists To Change the World

by Neale Donald Walsch

The events that occurred in the United States on September 11, 2001, have made it desperately obvious that our world…


Attitudes Transformed
Attitudes Transformed: Reversing Our Attitudes Towards Ourselves and Others

by Geshe Sonam Rinchen

Without reversing our present attitudes towards ourselves and others, we cannot attain enlightenment. We might think…


How Can We Transform Our Perspective of Negative Conditions?
How Can We Transform Our Perspective of Negative Conditions?

by John Payne

A negative condition is anything you perceive as lacking in joyful experience for yourself. Another person may perceive…


Removing Abandonment Masks and Ego Projections
Removing Abandonment Masks and Dropping Ego Projections

by John Randolph Price

A consciousness of abandonment may begin in early childhood with the death or divorce of a parent, the father taking a…


12 Ideas To Help Smooth The Way with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace
12 Ideas To Help Smooth The Way with Difficult Behavior in the Workplace (and at Home)

by Kathleen Hawkins

In the process of living, people may feel frustrated, angry, depressed, or other emotions that we might consider…


The Why and How of Successful Affirmations: Manifesting the Ideal Through Practice
The Why and How of Successful Affirmations: Manifesting the Ideal Through Practice

by Dhyani Ywahoo

Affirmation is a skillful means for transforming energy, and it begins with the deletion of negative statements about…


Is Your Inner Brat Active in Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors
Is Your Inner Brat Active in Your Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors

by Pauline Wallin, Ph.D.

Too often the inner brat influences us to say or do things that we later regret, just because it can't tolerate even…


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