Gong Xi Fat Zai! We have a second "official" opportunity for new beginnings in 2020 with the Lunar New Year of the Rat which starts tomorrow. I don't know much about Chinese astrology , but apparently the Rat year is a year of renewal, and rats are know for being inquisitive, shrewd and resourceful - and we will certainly need all of those qualities to get through the first year of this new decade! We also have the Grammys on Sunday, a night to celebrate music, which is fun, but to be taken with a grain of salt as music is such a personal thing. Like with everything else it seems, and with one of the most blatant displays going on right now in our nation's capital, politics and money play far too powerful a role in our society. It's up to each of us to mitigate such imbalance and provide more unity and integrity in our own lives to help adjust things from microcosm to macrocosm and create more harmony and "beautiful music" for everyone to enjoy and benefit from. To get some guidance on how to do so, check out my Instagram post of a Chinese Scholar Garden and wisdom from the Tao Te Ching. You can also watch my PGG Video of the week with some thoughts about why it's important to be where your feet are and take one step at a time as we begin anew. As always, please feel free to let me know your feedback about any and all that I'm doing. <3 Kristina P.S. It's not too late to complete this survey and let me know how PGG has helped/inspired/motivated you - I would still love your feedback ;)
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Conjunction Junction
Originally published April 5, 2011

Synergy – the bonus that is achieved when things work together harmoniously. ~ Mark Twain

I find it curious that the words desperate and disparate sound so similar; although their meanings are distinct and technically have nothing to do with each other, I think there is a correlation.

A well-known strategy used by one group to influence power over another is to “divide and conquer” ; it keeps people, things, countries, ideas and religions feeling separate and often opposed to one another. This way they are unable to come together as a unified force and don’t have the strength to accomplish their goals and objectives, which disempowers them. It is an extremely effective tactic, regardless of whether the power desired or deserved outcome on either end is good or bad.

The most obvious place to observe this happening is in the military and political arenas, but there are more subtle ways that this truth can affect us in our everyday lives – within our families, at our jobs, in our neighborhoods, in the media and entertainment we consume, and often, within ourselves.

Lately I’ve noticed a lot of folks are feeling disjointed, fragmented and compartmentalized at best; discombobulated or defeated at worst. Everywhere we turn, there seems to be a sledgehammer creating wedges, with myriad of distractions coming at us from all sides: It’s us against them, head against heart, black vs. white, profit vs. people, logic battling intuition, young vs. old; material values vs. spiritual ones, mental vs. emotional health vs. physical health.

As the saying goes, we can’t serve two masters – we must be unified in that which we revere and honor, integrate our disparate parts and connect to who we are, so that we can connect to others for the greater good. Because when we don’t we feel lost and alone, which can lead to feeling desperate. And that is never a good place we want to be – because decisions made out of fear and desperation are never the best choices.

So if you’re having a little trouble synthesizing your yin with your yang, make sure you take some quality time with yourself and/or give me a buzz; I’ll help arrange all your internal and external parts so just like Stevie and Paul’s piano , they too can live side by side and you can live with yourself and others in perfect harmony.

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