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!

Deep breaths! We are living in extraordinary times, so if you're not feeling the usual holiday spirit there is good reason why. With so much going on in our world today, if you are a remotely sensitive soul, it can feel quite intense and overwhelming: confusion, over-stimulation, gaslighting, division, violence, extreme weather and irrational or pent up emotions, fear of the unknown on top of the annual holiday rush to buy, buy, buy and be merry. If you didn't get a chance to read last week's PGG , check out my note out there for some tips on how to cope :) Be gentle and loving with yourself and others these next couple weeks and do the best you can, knowing that these are unique times and you need to adjust your response to them accordingly. One way is to dig deep and exercise your love muscle, consciously, more than ever - it's our best weapon to counteract the discordant energy we are immersed in. Also, like I was reminded in this Instagram post , remember that you are not alone and that a more impersonal love is all around us. And if you are struggling in any way I remind you in this PGG Video of the week to ask for help. As always, please feel free to let me know your feedback about any and all that I'm doing. Big hug <3 Kristina
P.S . Check out the Highlights section of my Instagram profile for one way I have tapped into hope and am channeling my energy to support a positive future for our country.
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Love Saves the Day
(Originally published on August 28, 2013)

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. ~Martin Luther King, Jr.

When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know peace . ~ Jimi Hendrix

If you have been receiving PGGs for a while, worked with me individually or come to one of my group sessions, you know that I talk a lot about love. But the love that I talk about is not some airy-fairy, namby-pamby, hippie-dippy notion one  that has been misused, watered-down, misunderstood, or simply lost its meaning with lip service.

Real love is the real deal. As Mahatma Gandhi says “Love is the strongest force the world possesses, and yet it is the humblest imaginable.”  Fifty years ago we witnessed an era where our civil rights leaders and all those who were part of that struggle dug deep and called upon this force within themselves to withstand the immense opposition and cruelty they experienced on a daily basis in order to transform society as it existed at the time.

More recently we could not have had a more immediate, direct and tangible example of this phenomenon when one single woman, Antoinette Tuff,   used it to save the lives of over 800 people, most of them children, from a lone, heavily loaded mentally ill gunman in Decatur, Georgia. If you do not know the story, or haven’t seen this extraordinary woman talk about what happened, you must learn about her. (Google the numerous stories, or watch one of many interviews and  listen to the 911 call )

A s humans we are all built from the same stuff. Love doesn’t know race, sexual orientation or religion – if you are human you can love.  If you are human you respond to love . As Antoinette and Michael Stipe say , Everybody Hurts sometimes. Everyone needs connection and affection. Compassion and empathy are palpable and are the best antidotes to fear and pain.

If you’ve seen me speak, you know I am always mentioning the fact that the root of the word for courage is Latin for ‘heart’. Which means that  true bravery is about connecting to that part of yourself, knowing its innate power, and having faith in a force greater and wiser than yourself (or beyond your ego/brain).

So the next time you find yourself in a challenging situation or being attacked in some form, whether it be mental, emotional, or yes, sometimes even physical, instead of using violence to counteract violence, why not call upon the most powerful weapon at your disposal: L.O.V.E.

Need a little help harnessing the heft of your heart? Give me a buzz and I will show you how to give it a good work-out, because at the end of the day love like is a muscle – the more you use it, the stronger it will become – and who knows what miracles will occur in your life or the lives of others because of it!

Remember, you can always see PGGs from any month or year going back to 2010 on my website at www.kristinaleonardi.com and visit my social media pages for more inspiration throughout the week! Want to share my PGG? Use my Medium page for friendliest posting version.

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