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Connection is important... whether we are speaking of connecting with others, with ourselves, or with animals and nature. Each of these connections brings, and gives, much-needed benefits and blessings. This week we share articles on various aspects of being at one with the world around us, and within us.

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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"


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Developing Compassionate Thinking Towards Self and Others

 Marie T. Russell, InnerSelf.com
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When people speak of compassion, they mostly are referring to having compassion for others... for those less fortunate than themselves. However...

Developing Compassionate Thinking Towards Self and Others (Video)

Practices for Grounding and Reclaiming Your Connection to Nature

Jovanka Ciares, author of the book Reclaiming Wellness
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We all have this connection to nature and to the whole world: to earth, to water, to air, and to all living creatures.

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Does Being Tough on Young People Improve Performance?

 Jennifer Fraser, author of the book, The Bullied Brain
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The bullying paradigm has parents, teachers and coaches believing they must be tough to the point of emotional abuse in order for children to acquire grit and resilience.

 Writing the Truth and Allowing the Emotions to Flow

 Barbara Berger, author of the book: Find and Follow Your Inner Compass
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Writing things down is a good way to practice truth telling.

A Bridge for Healing: Dear Corona Virus...

 Laura Aversano, author of the book: Affirmations of the Light in Times of Darkness
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The Coronavirus pandemic represented a current in our psychic and physical spheres of reality that challenged our internal definitions of both the light and the darkness. It compelled us into stillness as much as it compelled us into chaos.

 How to Change Someone's Life in a Few Seconds

 Joyce Vissell, co-author of the book: Heartfullness: 52 Ways to Open to More Love

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My life was changed dramatically when someone took that second to point out my beauty.

How Feeling Loved by God Cuts Self-improvement Spending

 Duke University
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Christians who are spiritual or religious are less likely to purchase self-improvement products when they are thinking about God, research finds.

Understanding The Brain’s Gray and White Matter

 Christopher Filley, University of Colorado
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The human brain is a three-pound organ that remains largely an enigma. But most people have heard of the brain’s gray matter, which is needed for cognitive functions such as learning, remembering and reasoning.

How Limiting Access to Abortion Harms the Economy

 Michele Gilman, University of Baltimore
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Reproductive health isn’t just about abortion, despite all the attention the procedure gets. It’s also about access to family planning services, contraception, sex education and much else – all of which have also come under threat in recent years.

3 Ways to Increase Belonging Relationships

 Michelle Samura, Chapman University
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You can see it in evolving executive titles, such as “vice president of global diversity, inclusion and belonging.” You can find it in reports about how to make employees feel they’re a more essential part of the workplace.

Daily Inspiration: May 8, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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Compassion is a much-needed quality in our world. If someone is rude to you, or unfriendly, or whatever, practice choosing alternative thoughts.

Daily Inspiration: May 7, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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Journaling, or writing to and for yourself, is a great way to get in touch with your feelings as well as with your inner guidance.

Why Do Hugs Feel Good?

 Jim Dryden, Washington University in St. Louis
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New research indicates why hugs and other varieties of “pleasant touch” feel good.

Complex Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder Explained

 Carolina Campodonico, University of Central Lancashire
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Complex PTSD includes the same symptoms of PTSD, plus additional symptoms called disturbance in self-organisation. Disturbance in self-organisation refers to problems in regulating emotions (for example, feeling numb or having sudden anger outbursts), feeling distant from others, and having extremely negative views about yourself.

A New Study Shows Severe Covid Is Equivalent to 20 Years of Aging

 Adam Hampshire, Imperial College London and David Menon, University of Cambridge
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There is growing evidence that COVID can cause lasting cognitive and mental health problems, with recovered patients reporting symptoms including fatigue, “brain fog”, problems recalling words, sleep disturbances, anxiety and even post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) months after infection.

Daily Inspiration: May 6, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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What kind of teacher is living in your head?

Daily Inspiration: May 5, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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Ask yourself the following questions in a kind, caring, and compassionate voice, perhaps as the voice of your compassionate "ideal self".

India-Pakistan Record Temperatures Are Testing Limits of Human Survivability

 Kenny Stancil
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Fossil fuels did this, said one climate justice campaigner. Unless we ditch fossil fuels immediately in favor of a just, renewable-energy based system, heatwaves like this one will continue to become more intense and more frequent.

Daily Inspiration: May 4, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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Our mind is very good at imagining scenarios.

Daily Inspiration: May 3, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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The thoughts that run randomly in your head can be your worst enemy.

Why Using BMI To Measure Your Health Is Nonsense

 Nicholas Fuller, University of Sydney
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We’re a society obsessed with numbers, and no more so than when managing our health. We use smartwatches to count steps and track our daily activity, creating scores for our fitness, and monitor our heart rate and sleep quality to measure our health and well-being.

How To Boost Your Attention and Ability To Function

 Colin McCormick, Dalhousie University
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Whether you’re driving a car with children yelling in the backseat or trying to read a book in a coffee shop while someone talks loudly on their phone, attention is essential for navigating and interacting with the world.

Daily Inspiration: May 2, 2022

 Marie T, Russell, InnerSelf.com
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We all have beliefs about ourselves... whether we think we're smart or not, good-looking or not, likeable or not, etc. However...


At The Brink

While, we at InnerSelf, strive to present an inspiring and positive view of life and events, at times, an approach is needed that is a bit more harsh when the truths are glaring and need to be addressed. That is what this section At The Brink does: shed light on issues that are urgent for humanity and the planet. 

Abortion Has Been Common in the US Since the 18th Century

 Treva B. Lindsey, The Ohio State University
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State-by-state battles are heating up in the wake of news that the U.S. Supreme Court appears poised to overrule landmark rulings - Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey - and remove constitutional protection for the right to get an abortion.

Why Covid-19 Gaslighting By Politicians Is So Dangerous for Democracy

 Jason Hannan, University of Winnipeg
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The now-quaint 2020 slogan “We’re all in this together” has since been replaced with the dire prescription — “Assess your own risk.” Political leaders have reversed course, urging their constituents to “learn to live with COVID.”

Why India Should Prepare For Even More Extreme Heat In The Near Future

 Vikki Thompson and Alan Thomas Kennedy-Asser, University of Bristol
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An extreme heatwave in India and Pakistan has left more than a billion people in one of the most densely populated parts of the world facing temperatures well above 40?. Although this has not broken all-time records for the regions, the hottest part of the year is yet to come.

This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: May 9 - 15, 2022

 Pam Younghans, NorthPoint Astrology
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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.

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: May 9 - 15, 2022 (Video)

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