InnerSelf Newsletter: December 9th, 2011

InnerSelf Newsletter

December 9th, 2011

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Acknowledging that this is a busy time of year for many of us, this week we bring you short and sweet articles with, nevertheless, powerful impact.

Donald Altman introduces some one-minute strategies on how to Plant Seeds of Friendship and cultivate love and kindness. Ashley Davis Bush speaking of Mr. Scrooge and Tiny Tim, presents a quick and easy way to increase our inner well-being in God Bless Us, Every One.

As all of us who have experienced fear, resentments, anger or hatred know, these states of mind are a source of pain in our heart and our soul. Perhaps our first reaction when dealing with painful situations is to look away physically or emotionally, and to want to sink our head in the sand like the proverbial ostrich.

However, Chönyi Taylor, in Accept Pain or Get Relief? makes a good point when she says: "We actually need pain to tell us what is wrong. We move away from pain to give us a break when the pain has become too much." Perhaps, in this world we live in, it is time to stop moving away from the pain and look at it head on... and then ask ourselves, what can we do?

As overwhelming as these problems may seem, Nicolya Christi, in her article, Embracing A New Role" says it very well: "You do not need to be Gandhi, Mother Teresa, or the Dalai Lama to leave your mark on this world. You need only an open heart and a willingness to let go of all that has gone before that may have caused sadness and pain."

Rev. Daniel Chesbro, in Destroying a Planet or Learning to Live Together? reminds us: "We always have a choice in how we respond to what somebody else is doing to us. They have the right to make their choices. You have the right to make your choices."

As always, the solutions reside with each and every one of us. As the song goes: "Let there be peace on earth, and let it begin with me." (Read Marie T. Russell's brief sharing of the inspiring story behind this song at:


Wishing you a wonderful enlightening day, weekend and week... and Happy Reading!

With Love & Gratitude,

Marie T. Russell

P.S. Remember to visit the homepage at for some additional articles for your reading pleasure...

FEATURED ARTICLES (Editor's Choice):

God Bless Us, Every One

God Bless Us, Every One, article by Ashley Davis Bush, LCSWby Ashley Davis Bush, LCSW.

When you see a trauma scene, or when you hear emergency vehicles, say, “I wish you well” or “God bless you, every one.” Be aware of these people in need, people who started an ordinary day...  Read more

Plant Seeds of Friendship

Plant Seeds of Friendship, article by Donald Altmanby Donald Altman.

It goes without saying that harming others does not a friendly community make. We can begin to refrain from doing harm while cultivating love and good relations. When we live with this value, we honor all with whom we...  Read more

Accept Pain or Get Relief?

Accept Pain or Get Relief? article by Chönyi Taylorby Chönyi Taylor.

When the pain is too much to handle, then some relief gives us space to rest and recuperate. But if we choose to numb our pain all the time, we can end up in a closed and lonely world. If we choose to face our pain, then we have the opportunity to understand its source and that helps us to...  Read more

Destroying a Planet or Learning to Live Together?

Destroying A Planet? article by Rev. Daniel Chesbroby Rev. Daniel Chesbro.

Not long ago, nuclear war was possible between Pakistan and India. Yet interviews with both societies indicated they did not fear nuclear war. First of all, many of them don’t even know what a nuclear device is. Many don’t remember Hiroshima and Nagasaki...  Read more

Embracing a New Role: 2012 & Beyond

Embracing a New Role by Nicolya Christiby Nicolya Christi.

Step into a new role, a new you, a new life that will turn your whole world around and surround you with love, as you commit to a new way. Choose to let it all go now. Forgive and forget. Understand how those you perceive have hurt you were themselves hurt by others. Recognize that...  Read more

and of course, Pam brings us the week's overview...

Pam YounghansAstrological Journal for the Week
by Pam Younghans.

This weekly column (updated every Sunday) is based on planetary influences, and offers perspectives and insights to assist you in making the best use of current energies...  Read more


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