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As humans we sometimes have a tendency to take things to extremes. But when we learn to simplify, listen to our heart and to others, be kind, play nice, have respect for others as well as for ourselves, find common ground with others, life becomes much more balanced.

This week, we bring you articles to assist you in simplifying your life by finding balance and inner peace.

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How to Heal Ourselves (and Each Other) from Separation Illness

 Marie T. Russell,

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The greatest ailment in our modern world is separation. We have become disconnected from ourselves, from others, and from the world around us.

How to Supercharge Your Life without Going to Extremes

 Robert Jennings,

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As humans, we tend to see things in extremes. We think in black, white, hot, cold, simple, and complex.

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Spiritual Revolution in the Land of the Phoenix

 Maureen J. St. Germain

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We must be willing to let go of the old to embrace the new. We must be willing to accept guidance from our Higher Self even when we don’t want to.

Simplify Your Life Making It Simpler and Stronger

 Steve Chandler

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One of the benefits of creatively planning your life is that it allows you to simplify. You can weed out, delegate, and eliminate all activities that don’t contribute to your projected goals.

Learning to Listen: Tame the Compulsion to Talk over Others

 Brian Smith

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Often, people don’t even notice that they’re talkers. It’s important, therefore, to observe your own behavior and read the body language of others to learn if you’re a talker.

Ten Keys to Success in Your Spiritual Growth

 Barbara Y. Martin and Dimitri Moraitis

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I have used these keys for many years in my classes. I offer them to you to facilitate your spiritual journey.

Powerful Lessons from a Dreamer: How to Succeed in a New Country

 ‘Deji Ayoade

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While this article is directed to new immigrants, its precepts can be applied to anyone experiencing challenges in life.

Why Practice Being Happy for the Success of Others

 Marie T. Russell,

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In today's society, it can be challenging to be happy for someone else's success.  

The True Meaning of the Wizard of Oz

 Robert Jennings,

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Many remember watching "The Wizard of Oz" as a child. We were captivated by the magical world of Oz and the characters who roamed its colorful countryside.

Weeds: The Good, the Bad, and the Beautiful

 Bàrbara Baraibar Padró and Jordi Recasens Guinjuan

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Poppies can be a problem for crops if they appear in large numbers. We informally call them weeds, but what are they really and how bad are they?

Are Your Plants Screaming At You?

 Alice Hayward

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New research shows your plants could be silently screaming at you.

Five Easy Ways to Use Less Water at Home

 Niko Wanders

Five Easy Ways to Use Less Water at Home

Five easy ways to use less water at home – and not just in a drought.

Why We Should Debate AI on Reality Not Extreme Fear

 Fenwick McKelvey


Longtermism is the belief that artificial intelligence poses long-term or existential risks to humanity’s future by becoming an out-of-control superintelligence.

Painting Lawns to Get Them Green?

 Ted Steinberg

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To paint or not to paint? That is the question that many homeowners are facing as their dreams for perfect turf are battered...

Why Do Mass Shooters Kill?

 Arie Kruglanski

 a memorial for a victim of a mass shooting.

Why do mass shooters kill? It’s about more than having a grievance.

Who Else Likes to Spin Themselves Dizzy?

 Marcus Perlman

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Children love to spin. Whether it is by whirling around on their feet, whipping around on a tyre swing, or tumbling down a grassy hill, they revel in the drunken effects of dizziness that follow.

7 Tips for a Healthier Relationship with Your Phone

 Paul Levy, University of Brighton

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How long do you spend staring at a screen every day? According to one report, the average person spends about seven hours a day on screens connected to the internet.

Hangry Bacteria in Your Gut Are Linked to Chronic Disease

 Christopher Damman

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Diet-related chronic diseases have reached a critical juncture in the U.S. Nearly half the population has prediabetes or diabetes. Over 40% are overweight or obese.

Why Improve Human-Robot Communication and Collaboration

 Ramana Vinjamuri

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Robots are machines that can sense the environment and use that information to perform an action. You can find them nearly everywhere in industrialized societies today.

Why Are College Educated Black Women Embracing Being Single?

 Kris Marsh

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Why is it seemingly OK to ask single people “Why are you single?” when married people are rarely asked “Why are you married?”

British Columbia’s Take on Contraceptives Should Inspire the Rest of North America and the World

 Candace Johnson

People march through downtown Atlanta in June 2022 to protest the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade.

As of April 1, 2023 all residents of British Columbia gained access to free prescription contraception. This includes the birth control pill, injections and implants, IUDs and emergency contraception known as Plan B or the “morning after” pill.

Why Major League Baseball Home Runs Are Increasing

 Christopher W. Callahan and Justin S. Mankin

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Home runs are exhilarating – those lofting moments when everyone looks skyward, baseball players and fans alike, anxiously awaiting the outcome: run or out, win or loss, elation or despair.

This Week's Uptakes

with Robert Jennings

 Latest On The Climate

In today's climate change news, scientists have made a startling discovery - a dramatic and abnormal rise in sea levels

How the Inflation Trend Is Distorted by the Media

Inflation figures can sometimes be distorted during times of rapidly changing monthly figures, as we are seeing now.

Abortion Ruling Has Something Hiding in Plain Sight

Abortion is a topic that has long been debated and discussed in various communities, particularly in the United States.

This Week's Daily Inspirations

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Being Happy

 Marie T. Russell,

April 16, 2023 - Hatred, anger and resentment do not a happy person make.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Pause & Relax

 Carl Greer PhD, PsyD

April 15, 2023 - A few minutes in nature reduces levels of the stress hormone cortisol, giving your body and spirit a break.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Being Fully Alive

 Cara Bradley

April 14, 2023 - Stop, pause, and experience the brilliance of being fully alive.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Healthy Thoughts

 Carol Ritberger, Ph.D.

April 13, 2023 - We can make ourselves healthy or sick through our thoughts and our emotional reactions to those thoughts.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: The Fun Index

 Marie T. Russell,

April 12, 2023 - Have you noticed that the things that you dislike doing are the ones that seem to take forever to get done?

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Sharing Wisdom

 Pamela D. Blair, PhD.

April 11, 2023 - What survives you and me are the world’s children. I imagine them awaiting our wisdom.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Clearing Your Energy

 Bill Philipps

April 10, 2023 - Visualize the clearing of your energy and protect yourself, no matter what your occupation may be.

This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview & Horoscope: April 17 - 23, 2023

 Pam Younghans

3 images: A total solar eclipse, an annular solar eclipse, and a partial solar eclipse.

This weekly astrological journal is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies. This column is not intended as prediction. Your own experience will be more specifically defined by transits to your personal chart.

See section below for the link to the Video Version of the Astrological Overview.

Videos Added to YouTube This Week

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Astrological Overview: April 17 - 23, 2023

Written and Narrated by Astrologer Pam Younghans

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Why Practice Being Happy for the Success of Others?

Written and Narrated by Marie T. Russell  

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Who Else Likes To Spin?

Written by Marcus Perlman


Video versions of this week's Daily Inspirations:

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 16, 2023 

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 15, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 14, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 13, 2023 

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 12, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 11, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 10, 2023

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