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Perhaps the greatest problem in the world can be summarized as "disconnection"... We lack connection to our Self, to the Self of others, to Nature, to animals, to Life itself. We are instead connected to our mechanical devices... our phones, tablets, TVs, videos, Instagrams, and whatevers. We are also connected to our cravings and our addictions, whether physical or emotional.

Yet the connection that we need, the one that will heal not only ourselves but our world, is the connection to and with Love, Life, and with the Greater Good. We need to attune ourselves to what is Best for All, not just for our smaller self. The connection is ever present when we get out of our head and into our heart, and pay attention to the other sentient beings all around us, and that includes nature and animals, as well as humans.

Our articles this week take a look at various paths of connection, and also at some of the consequences of disconnection.

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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 and Robert Jennings
"New Attitudes...New Possibilities"


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Stop Monkey Mind: Practice Awareness of No-Thought

Author: Jaime A. Pineda, PhD

“No-thought” comes from a Zen expression that literally means “the mind without the mind.” This refers to a mind that is calm, balanced, and unoccupied by self-centered thoughts or emotion...
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Paths of Connection and the End of Suffering

Author: Steve Taylor

Perhaps the most important thing that spirituality can teach us is that it is possible for us to cultivate connection. We don’t have to live in a state of disconnection.
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Facing Our Shortcomings from a Place of Love

Author: Phill Webster

I’ve made mistakes. Many. I’ve done things I am not proud of. Repeatedly. We can’t correct the wrongs we’ve committed in our lives, but we can try not to repeat them.
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All the Good Happening in the World

Author: Pierre Pradervand

I write this as one who, many years ago, practiced journalism and created in French-speaking Africa a quarterly magazine that was lauded for its fundamentally positive approach to all issues, while at the same time remaining sharply realistic.
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Sugar—Not So Sweet?

Author: Kristin Grayce McGary

Most of us have been raised on a carbohydrate-based diet, which means we’re slaves to glucose. As your body digests starches, glucose is the result.
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Rethinking Immune Health: Balance Over Boost

Author: Aimee Pugh Bernard, University of Colorado

Immune health is all about balance – an immunologist explains why both too strong and too weak an immune response can lead to illness...
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The Hidden Harmful Health Effects of Vinegar

Author: Jose Miguel Soriano del Castillo, and Mª Inmaculada Zarzo Llobell, Universitat de València

In 1998, a group of researchers at the Department of Internal Medicine at the Medical University of Innsbruck (Austria) observed that high vinegar consumption can have three main harmful effects:
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Which Blood Sugar Monitor Is Best?

Author: Neale Cohen, Baker Heart and Diabetes Institute

Monitoring the level of glucose (sugar) in your blood is vital if you have diabetes. You get results in real time, which allows you to adjust your medications, exercise and food accordingly.
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Don't Let Burnout Ruin Your Holidays

Author: Sophie Scott and Gordon Parker

It’s beginning to look a lot like burnout. How to take care of yourself before the holidays start...
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When Antibiotics Are Not the Answer: Making Informed Choices

Author: Minyon Avent, The University of Queensland et al

Do you really need antibiotics? Curbing our use helps fight drug-resistant bacteria...
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Unveiling the Impact of Nanoplastics on Brain Health

Author: Janosch Heller, Dublin City University

Since it was first produced at the start of the 20th century, synthetic plastic – and especially plastic packaging – has been an ever-present fixture in everyday life. Yet all the convenience plastic has given us comes at a price.
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Anthropocene Awakening: Earth's Environmental Crossroads

Author: Victor Court, Université Paris Cité

In 2000, Nobel Prize-winning atmospheric chemist Paul J. Crutzen proposed that the epoch known as the Holocene, which started some 11,700 years ago, had reached its end.
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The UN Emissions Gap Report: Are We on Track to Curb Climate Change?

Author: Piers Forster, University of Leeds

As the latest UN climate change summit (COP28) gets underway in Dubai, conversations around limiting global warming to 1.5°C will confront a harsh reality.
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US-China Pledge to Tackle Climate Crisis

Author: Yixian Sun, University of Bath

The relationship between the US and China is the most important in the world, and it has been unstable and sometimes under extreme stress in recent years.
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Modern Stoicism: Navigating Life's Challenges with Ancient Wisdom

Author: Sandra Woien, Arizona State University

Stoicism and spirituality: A philosopher explains how more Americans’ search for meaning is turning them toward the classics...
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Dementia Prevention: The Power of Lifestyle Choices

Author: Saskia Sivananthan and Laura Middleton

Lifestyle changes can reduce dementia risk by maintaining brain plasticity — but the time to act is now...
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Encouraging Kids to Give Back: Proven Strategies for Parents

Author: Hali Kil, Simon Fraser University

3 ways to encourage kids to be more charitable and kind this holiday season...
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Weighing Parenthood in the Shadow of Global Warming

Author: Jasmine Fledderjohann and Laura Sochas

Climate crisis: what to consider if you’re questioning whether to have children...
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Why Bullies Act Out: Exploring the Causes of Mean Behavior

Author: Sara Goldstein, University of Delaware

Why are bullies so mean? A youth psychology expert explains what’s behind their harmful behavior...
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Rise of Far-Right Politics: Understanding the Mainstream Influence

Author: Aurelien Mondon, University of Bath

Look to the mainstream to explain the rise of the far right Javier Milei in Argentina. Geert Wilders in the Netherlands.
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This Week's Astrological Overview

Astrological Overview and Horoscope: December 4-10, 2023

 Author: 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.  (See section below for the link to the video version. Or access it directly from the article.)
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Videos Added to YouTube This Week

Astrological Overview: December 4-10, 2023


InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration December 1-2-3, 2023


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InnerSelf's Daily Inspiration November 28, 2023


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