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As the song goes, "Some days are diamonds, some days are stone". As we go along in this time of life on earth, we may seem to boomerang from one type of day to the other... from the days of stone when atrocities occur whether in the climate, in shootings or other deaths, rough times in our personal lives, etc. to the good times that sometimes may seem very fleeting.

Yet in the middle of these stones (or challenges), just as in the middle of an oyster a pearl is to be found, and a diamond is formed from intense pressure on a piece of coal, we too will be transformed through the stress and the pressure.

So when we are going through a dark moment or a dark day, or dark times, let's remember that the sun always rises even after the darkest night. Keeping that faith in the future in our heart can help us get through the challenges and the "stuff" that we may be dealing with. And keep in mind that you're not alone in this process. Our fellow human beings are also experiencing their challenges and their "growth experiences", and hopefully, just like a good wine, we (and life on earth) will get better as time goes by.

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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"


 Our Enriching Journey of Disruption. When Does It End?

 Linda Rossetti

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“When does it end?” I am on the receiving end of this question all the time in my work. I get it. Growth is invigorating, enlivening, hopeful, and optimistic. It can also be demanding, confusing, isolating, and emotionally charged. 

A Society with Fragmented Attention and the Need for Silence

 Pierre Pradervand

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An hour of deep silence is a natural therapy that is perhaps more effective than hours in a “shrink’s” office. And the only way to prove it is to try.

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Clarity Beyond Duality: The Practice of Compassionate Accountability

 Marc Lesser

Clarity Beyond Duality

We are at a crucial tipping point in our workplaces, our families, our society, and our planet. There is a tremendous need to find clarity: in our thinking, feelings, goals, actions, relationships, and results.

Balancing Immediate Joy and Future Happiness: Insights from Psychology

 Robert Jennings,

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This article offers a fresh perspective on the pursuit of happiness, highlighting the benefits of both seizing happiness in the present and delaying it for future rewards. Understand how your beliefs about happiness can shape your overall well-being.

Why Do I Second Guess Myself?

 Sue Frederick

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Viewing your life through your ego lens inevitably makes you doubt yourself.

Childhood Obesity: It’s Not Just About Food

 Michael J. Shea, Ph.D

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The origins of obesity are deep and wide, beginning at conception and even earlier. To consider an individual with obesity, we need to view that person as a biological, emotional, and spiritual being in a historical and social context.

Discover the Power of Sprouted Wheat Flour: 10 Reasons to Choose this Nutrient-Rich Alternative

 Robert Jennings,

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Are you looking to elevate your baking and cooking to a new level of health and nutrition? Look no further than sprouted wheat flour, a rising star in alternative flours.

Is Your Honey Authentic? 10 Home Tests to Determine its Purity

 Robert Jennings,

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10 simple tests you can perform at home to check if your honey is genuine. Ensure you're buying authentic honey with these helpful tips.

Harnessing the Power of Qigong and Other Mind-Body Practices for Health

 Robert Jennings,

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There are multifaceted benefits of qigong, yoga, mindfulness, and tai-chi. These practices can aid fatigue, manage pain, and improve overall well-being, especially for individuals recovering from severe illnesses like cancer.

Tuning in to a Daily Practice of Gratitude: The Gratitude Bank

 Bill Philipps

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To make gratitude part of who we are requires our conscious attention throughout each day. Eventually, it becomes routine, and we naturally gravitate toward grateful thoughts.

Boost Your Decision-Making Skills with Mindfulness Meditation

 Robert Jennings,

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Delve into the power of mindfulness meditation and its profound impact on decision-making abilities. Enhance your mental clarity, emotional stability, and navigate life's choices with newfound insight.

Tom Hanks Inspires Harvard Graduates to Embrace Truth, Justice, and the American Way

 Tom Hanks

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In a memorable commencement address at Harvard University, renowned actor Tom Hanks urges graduates to uphold the values of truth, justice, and the American Way. 

The Hidden Truth About Private Label Avocado Oil

 InnerSelf Staff

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Unravel the truth behind the purity and quality of private-label avocado oil. Understand the implications of recent findings and learn about the need for transparency in the avocado oil market.

Demystifying Credit Scores: How Lenders Assess Loans and Interest Rates

Brian Blank and Tom Miller Jr

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How do credit scores work? 2 finance professors explain how lenders choose who gets loans and at what interest rate...

Florida's Changing Image: From Sunshine State to Political Controversy

 Dafydd Townley

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Florida ‘freakishness’: why the sunshine state might have lost its appeal. Florida is known worldwide for its beaches, resorts and theme parks, but has recently made headlines for a different reason. 

Silent Skies: The Alarming Decline of Europe's Bird Populations

 Richard Gregory

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Why the shocking loss of over half a billion birds in Europe over the past 40 years. Explore the main drivers behind this decline, including agricultural practices and the urgent need for nature-friendly farming.

AI in Elections: Threats to Democracy and How to Safeguard It

 Archon Fung and Lawrence Lessig

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Could organizations use artificial intelligence language models such as ChatGPT to induce voters to behave in specific ways?

Why Does My Dog Eat Grass? Unraveling the Mystery

 Susan Hazel and Joshua Zoanetti

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Have you ever wondered why your dog is eating your beautifully cropped lawn or nibbling at the grass at the dog park?

Bridging Generations for Mental Well-being: The Power of Intergenerational Connections

 Jason Proulx et al

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Discover the positive impact of intergenerational connections on mental well-being. Explore how programs like iGen foster meaningful relationships between young and old, bringing happiness and bridging social divides.

Unraveling the Truth: The Problem with 'Speaking My Truth'

 Jeremy Wyatt and Joseph Ulatowski

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Understanding the concept of "speaking one's truth" and its implications for truth relativism. Discover the importance of valuing diverse perspectives while upholding the objective nature of truth.

Understanding Heat Stress: Exploring the Impact of Humidity on Extreme Temperatures

 Alan Thomas Kennedy-Asser et al

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We know that climate change makes these temperatures more likely, but also that heatwaves of similar magnitudes can have very different impacts depending on factors like humidity or how prepared an area is for extreme heat.

Common Sense vs. Expertise: Unraveling the Power Play in Politics

 Magda Osman

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Politicians love to talk about the benefits of “common sense” – often by pitting it against the words of “experts and elites”. But what is common sense? Why do politicians love it so much? And is there any evidence that it ever trumps expertise? Psychology provides a clue.

Redefining Gender Roles and "Man the Hunter" Stereotypes

 Raven Garvey

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This fascinating research suggests that gender roles in prehistoric societies may have been more fluid than commonly believed. Discover the potential role of digesta in reshaping our understanding of subsistence practices.

Beyond Limits: Exploring the Urgency of a Safer, Fairer Future for Our Planet

 Steven J Lade et al

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Here are the alarming findings of a global scientific study on Earth's boundaries. Learn why urgent action is needed to address climate change, biodiversity, freshwater, nutrient use, and air pollution for a sustainable and just future.

The Future of Sleep: How Technology is Revolutionizing Rest

 Catherine Coveney and Eric L Hsu

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These cutting-edge technologies transform sleep, from wakefulness drugs to smart sleep trackers. Discover the potential benefits and risks of these innovations for optimizing sleep patterns and improving overall well-being.

The Power of Words: Transform Disagreements with Conversational Receptiveness

 Julia Minson

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Learn how to engage in productive conversations by making your counterpart feel heard. Discover four simple techniques to foster understanding, maintain dialogue, and find common ground in contentious discussions.

The Spiritual Journey of Tina Turner: Embracing SGI Nichiren Buddhism

 Ralph H. Craig III

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The profound impact of SGI Nichiren Buddhism on the life and career of Tina Turner, the "Queen of Rock 'N' Roll," and how her spiritual practice empowered her throughout her journey.

Beyond Consent: Rethinking Approaches to Preventing Sexual Violence

 Nicole K. Jeffrey

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Learn why consent alone is not enough in combating sexual violence. Discover alternative strategies to promote equitable and respectful sexual relationships and challenge societal norms.

Gardening Hazards: Surprising Dangers Lurking in Your Garden

 Stephen Hughes

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Here are the unexpected risks and hazards that gardening can pose to your health and safety. Learn how to protect yourself and stay safe while enjoying your favorite outdoor hobby.

This Week's Uptakes

with Robert Jennings

Supreme Court Rules for More Houston Style Flooding in Our Future

 Robert Jennings,

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Understand the potential environmental impacts of the Supreme Court's ruling on the Clean Water Act. This decision could exacerbate climate change, harm public health, and increase the risk of flooding by drawing on real-world examples like Houston's experience during Hurricane Harvey.

Last Week's Daily Inspirations

 InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Necessary Journeys

June 2-3-4, 2023 - We need to try to see the journey we've taken as necessary, glean from it what value we can, and...

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Fresh Perspective

June 1, 2023 - The journey to healing is unique to every individual. There are many different routes that people can take. 

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Trust the River of Life

May 31, 2023 - At a certain point, each of us must be willing to simply let go, and trust ...

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Reside Within Your Heart

May 30, 2023 - You can choose to reside within your heart and, therefore, within your soul. 

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration: Choosing Your Words

May 29, 2023 - As human beings, the greatest gift we have at our disposal can also be the greatest weapon—words. 

This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview & Horoscope: June 5-11, 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.

Please see video section below for the link to the YouTube version of the Astrological Overview for this week.

Videos Added to YouTube This Week

Astrological Overview: June 5 - 11, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration June 2-3-4, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration June 1, 2023

InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration May 31, 2023

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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration May 29, 2023 

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