KRISTINA'S WEEKLY EMAIL OF THOUGHT-PROVOKING ESSAYS & VIDEOS TO KEEP YOU CONNECTED TO YOURSELF ON THIS JOURNEY CALLED LIFE
A NOTE FROM KRISTINA:
Greetings!

It's been a heart wrenching week as both literal and metaphorical fires burn in our cities and within our spirits in response to the blatant threats and senseless loss of life due to racism, whether on the streets of Minneapolis or at the hospitals in New York. I wrote today's PGG with a longer intro around the time of the Eric Garner death back in 2014. Six years later it is sad, to say the least, that not much seems to have changed.

Our country is going through some huge growing pains at the moment, revisiting core issues and values that originate from it's founding - everything about our inherent physical and psychological structure is up for review. I am not an expert on how to address the external side of things, as there are plenty of authorities, opinions and organizations out there; some more helpful than others, some offering solutions and others simply adding fuel to the fire, so be sure you are monitoring and measuring your intake of all kinds of media at this time. And, more importantly, mitigate and counterbalance it with exposure to the opposite, hence today's PGG.

What I can also offer is some expertise in getting to the internal root of the matter, which for pretty much any issue you can think of is emotional pain and a lack of forgiveness and love for ourselves . This results in its extreme as projecting hatred and blame onto others, and in general makes it harder to connect as humans on a variety of levels.

SO, f or the PGG Video of the week I talk about how to forgive and accept yourself in order to connect with others and be authentic. And because what you focus on grows, this week's Instagram post reminds you to focus on a UTOPIAN version of our planet, and for a bonus post to focus on Truth, Justice, Beauty, Unity and the like.

Also, since we haven't been able to meet IRL, please let me know if you would be interested in virtual group coaching In the meantime, a reminder that I'll be doing my first online(!) talk via Zoom for NYWICI next Thursday, June 4th at 5pm called Using the Great Pause for Personal & Professional Development. Scroll down or click here for more info and to register.

As always, please feel free to contact me with any comments about anything I'm doing.
Big hug <3 Kristina

P.S. Need a little guidance and one-on-one support at this time? For info about working with me check out the website for my coaching services .

And in case you missed these, you can read my PGG's that specifically address the current crisis: Quality Control: How to make the best of these times of quarantine and questioning, How to cope with (and benefit from) what you can't see during the time of corona , United We Stand . and Anatomy of Awareness . Feel free to share those links (or any others) with anyone who could benefit <3
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Beauty and the Beast
Originally published August 20, 2014

These days it seems that ugly is the status quo. We are bombarded with so many negative events, factual and fictional — both served up as entertainment- that we have simply become used to it. In these days of doom and gloom I encourage you all to imagine the opposite: What if Beauty became the norm?

And when I talk about Beauty, I don’t mean a two-dimensional feast for the eyes, or pleasure for pleasure’s sake, although that is part of it. True beauty is three-dimensional; it is something to be felt and experienced, not just superficially appreciated. Beauty happens inside and out. It is never just cosmetic. It is something to be absorbed by every fiber of your being, whether admiring a work of art, listening to music, observing Nature in its magnificent glory, witnessing an act of courage or compassion or enjoying a person’s human expression at its best.

So, where do we begin, how do we do this? It’s tempting to just tune out and distract ourselves with whatever we can, and hope that the problems of the world instantly vanish or some drug company creates a pill for peace. But the truth is that the more disconnected and desensitized we become, the more problems we will have.

Most people are walking around emotionally constipated. We need to keep our senses alive, intact, ebbing and flowing in a balanced way — yet not letting them run the show or allowing any external images or situations grab control of us. We need to be able to respond from the deepest human level so we can know how to react , when to take action, when to pick up the phone, when to tweet or post something, when to set boundaries or ask for help, and when to turn off the TV or computer.

Brene Brown, in her now-famous Ted Talk on vulnerablity, tells us that when we numb the bad, we numb the good too . So you can’t just shut yourself off if you want to feel love, compassion, empathy, kindness, and yes even feel beauty. Feeling means we are alive . If not, then what are we?

Duality is a fact of life: in order to appreciate the sunshine, you need the rain. Once you are able to connect with and feel ALL of what is going on within you, with a little regular detox of laughter and tears, you can deal with the not-so-pleasant emotions as they come up, let go of them more easily, and conversely take hold of and relish in the positive, ecstatic and joyous ones even longer — expanding and benefiting from that energy more profoundly.

Look for Beauty everywhere and let in the Beauty to overpower the beast . Allow the darkness, anger, pain and shame to move through you so that you can then use that same vehicle to embody and express supreme joy and love when they abound. You can then more accurately observe and call out injustice because you know in your heart what truth, justice, goodness and beauty look and feel like.

Not quite sure how to go from Blah to Bliss? Give me a buzz , and I’ll show you how living life as a fully-fledged member of the human race has its rewards, and being able to FEEL Truth, Freedom, Beauty & Love are by far the best!

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Using the Great Pause for Personal & Professional Development
Join me as a guest of New York Women in Communications as I offer unique perspectives and practical ways to put the first half of 2020 into context so that you can thrive in the second half and beyond!

If you're looking for some compassionate candor and a dose of tough love, Kristina is the coach for you.... I came into this really lacking clarity and walked away with a sense of relief. Can't recommend her enough. ~ Kevin R.

The world is going a little cuckoo, but you don't have to! I can help you find the clarity, balance and direction you need right now.

Now is a great time to use this pause to take stock of your career and life so contact me to schedule your session today!

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