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Our InnerSelf welcomes your inner self.

There is an innate balance in life... night and day, sun and clouds, or sun and rain. And in our own lives, we also seek, and hopefully create, balance... between work and play, alone time and communal time, joy and contemplation, being energetic or being at rest... and on and on. However, when things are drastically out of balance, problems occur... whether in nature with droughts and floods, or within our own relationships between males and females, or children and parents, employer and employee, etc.

Personal balance can be equated to peace of mind. When things in our life are in balance, we are at peace and our mind is not churning trying to control things or people... This week we bring you articles to assist you in your quest for inner peace and outer balance... in yourself, your relationships, and in life itself. Attaining balance in all aspects of our life is a challenge and one that is continually in flux, yet it's a place we may choose to visit more often... that inner state of peace, joy, and harmony.

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Wishing you enjoyable insightful reading, and of course a wonder-full, joy-full, health-full, and loving week. 

Marie T. Russell
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


From Control Freak to Seeing the Perfection in Life

 Pierre Pradervand

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Living in a straightjacket is not the most pleasant experience.

Reconciling the Sacred Feminine and Sacred Masculine

 Rebecca Wildbear

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In the eyes of the dominant culture, women, like nature, are deemed substandard. The feminine aspects of the world and in ourselves have been suppressed.

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Personal and Leadership Values To Live By

 Jay Sidhu

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My commitment to these principles infuses every facet of my life, including my business relationships and leadership philosophy.

How the Divine Speaks: Coincidence, Synchronicity, Disease

 Edward Tick, PhD

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We need dreams and attention to them. When it is not available through established religious or civic ritual, people will seek it in other forms.

Reinventing Ourselves through the Power of Change

 Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com

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Change can be an opportunity for growth and reinvention, but it requires courage and a willingness to take risks.

Science and Astrology: Experiments at Home

 Bruce Scofield

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For most people today, the zodiac is all there is to astrology and your “sign” (Sun-sign) is your “horoscope.” Of course, a delineation for your Sun sign is not a horoscope...

El Niño Likely: Will Temperatures Rise to 1.5C Soon?

 Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com

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April 16, 2023: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has issued an El Nino Watch as part of its April ENSO outlook.

Why Children Misbehave When They Are Tired

 David Bueno i Torrens

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Being tired is a feeling we often experience. When we do certain activities – physical or mental – over a period of time, or even after experiencing intense emotional states, we feel tired, perhaps even exhausted.

We Need Memory to Learn – But Not the Way We Currently Use It

 Sylvie Pérez Lima and Jordi Perales Pons

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Sometimes we remember things that we did not even know we had memorized and sometimes the opposite happens – we want to remember something that we know we’ve learned but can't seem to recall it.

How Much Energy Do We Expend Thinking and Using Our Brain?

 Oliver Baumann

How Much Energy Do We Expend Thinking and Using Our Brain?

After a long day of work or study, your brain might feel like it has been drained of energy. But does our brain burn more energy when engaging in mental athletics than it does during other activities, such as watching TV?

The Dirty Truth About Your Phone

 Primrose Freestone

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We carry them everywhere, take them to bed, to the bathroom and for many people they’re the first thing they see in the morning – more than 90% of the world owns or uses a mobile phone and many of us couldn’t manage without one.

How Keeping a Diary Can Improve Wellbeing

 Lucy Kelly

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You may find this style of diary-keeping useful. Here are a couple of quick and easy activities, taken from my research, to help you start – or continue – your diary-keeping journey.

Why Should We Learn to Love Dandelions?

 Philip Donkersley

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Why do some people despair when they see a dandelion poking through the grass in their garden, or through the concrete on their drive?

How Good Is ChatGPT at Diagnosing Disease?

 Stephen Hughes

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The emergence of AI that draws on the entire internet for answers to questions rather than being confined to fixed databases open new avenues of potential for augmenting medical diagnosis.

Why Kurt Vonnegut’s Advice to College Graduates Still Matters Today

 Susan Farrell

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Kurt Vonnegut didn’t deliver the famous “Wear Sunscreen” graduation speech published in the Chicago Tribune that was often mistakenly attributed to the celebrated author. But he could have.

Plants, Animals, and Bacteria Have Lots to Teach Us

 Predrag Slijepcevic

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Humans weren’t the first engineers, doctors and farmers – bacteria, plants and animals have lots to teach us...

How Social Media Gets You to Buy Stuff You Don’t Need

 Matthew Pittman

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Social media can be mentally draining. And when mentally drained, you are more likely to be influenced by a high number of likes on posts – even to the point of clicking on ads for products you don’t need or want – according to our recent experiments on how social media affects behavior.

People with Long COVID Experience Medical Gaslighting

 Simran Purewal

People with Long COVID Experience Medical Gaslighting

It’s increasingly clear that the SARS-CoV-2 virus is not going away any time soon. And for some patients, their symptoms haven’t gone away either.

Four Ways to Find Your Life’s Purpose

 Nilufar Ahmed

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“Finding your purpose” might sound like a cliché. But having a sense of purpose has been linked with a range of physical and mental health benefits.

Suckers for Learning: Why Octopuses Are So Intelligent

 Lisa Poncet


Our last common ancestor with the octopus existed more than 500 million years ago. So why is it that they seem to show such peculiar similarities with humans, while at the same time appearing so alien?

How Important Is Solitude for Your Well-Being?

 Thuy-vy Nguyen

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Spending time alone can induce fear in a lot of people, which is understandable. At the same time, the difference between moments of solitude and loneliness is often misunderstood.

Hay Fever Symptoms Reduced by Probiotics

 Samuel J. White and Philippe B. Wilson

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For many people, spring has brought with it the dreaded symptoms of hay fever, such as itchy eyes, sneezing and a stuffy nose. Hay fever is common, affecting up to 42% of people. It occurs when the immune system overreacts to allergens including pollen.

3 Sales Tactics in Real Estate, and Why They Work

 Peyman Khezr

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Buying a home is likely to be the biggest financial transaction you will ever make, and you’re at a distinct disadvantage.

Anxiety Disorders in Children and Teenagers Impact Later Life

 Mara Violato et al

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Occasional feelings of anxiety are normal, even in childhood – for example, a child may feel anxious about an approaching test at school. But if the anxiety is severe, long-lasting and interferes with a child’s daily life, it is called an anxiety disorder.

How to Repair a Damaged Reputation

 Will Harvey

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Research can tell us about the drivers of reputational loss, as well as how to rebuild a reputation, and ways to avoid damaging it in the first place.

Does Intermittent Fasting Affect Performance in a Good Way?

 Bénédicte L. Tremblay and Catherine Laprise

Does Intermittent Fasting Affect Performance in a Good Way?

How does intermittent fasting affect athletic performance? There’s no simple answer.

When Kids Like the Box More than the Toy

 Ozlem Cankaya

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Many have observed that sometimes when given a toy as a present, children play with the box the toy came in, or even the gift wrapping.

This Week's Uptakes

with Robert Jennings

How The US Is Seriously Wasting Its Poverty Tax Dollars

 Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com

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The United States has a higher rate of poverty than other advanced democracies . This has led to a situation where many people struggle to make ends meet, despite working and living in a wealthy country.

The Limit, Save, Grow Act of 2023 aka The Default on America Act

 Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com

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The Republicans in Congress are threatening to make the US default on its obligations, and this action would have severe consequences.

Let's Finish the Job?

 Robert Jennings, InnerSelf.com

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The release of the RNC's AI-generated video attacking Biden's announcement is just one example of the new tactics the GOP is using to win elections.


This Week's Daily Inspirations

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: April 28-29-30, 2023

 Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com

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The Daily Inspiration is a short message to help set the tone for this day. It is linked to a longer article for additional reflection and inspiration.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Deepening Joy

J. Donald Walters

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April 27, 2023 - Fulfillment must finally be recognized in terms of enjoyment. 

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Practicing Happiness

 Lowri Dowthwaite-Walsh

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April 26, 2023 - The good news is that we can all improve our levels of happiness with daily practice.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Understanding and Support

 Hugh Prather

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April 25, 2023 - In each of the encounters we have throughout the day, we leave something behind.

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Happiness Grounded in Connection

 Christopher Boyce

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April 24, 2023 - The kind of happiness I value is deeper – grounded in connection...

This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: May 1 - 7, 2023

 Pam Younghans

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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.

Videos Added to YouTube This Week



Video thumbnail: A Day to Reflect on the Mess We Have Made

A Day to Reflect on the Mess We Have Made

Written by Robert Jennings

Video thumbnail: ⁠How Good Is ChatGPT at Diagnosing Disease?⁠

⁠How Good Is ChatGPT at Diagnosing Disease?⁠

Written by Stephen Hughes

Video thumbnail: How Important Is Solitude for Your Well-Being?

How Important Is Solitude for Your Well-Being?

Written by Thuy-vy Nguyen

Video thumbnail: InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 28-29-30, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 28-29-30, 2023

Written and Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

Video thumbnail: InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 27, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 27, 2023

Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

Video thumbnail: InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 26, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 26, 2023

Narrated by Marie T. Russell

Video thumbnail: InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 25, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 25, 2023

Narrated by Marie T. Russell.

Video thumbnail: InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 24, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration April 24, 2023

Narrated by Marie T. Russell.


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