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!

One of my favorite sayings, and a philosophy I've observed to be true, is that "We teach what we need to learn." Last weekend I was sick for the first time in a while, and in the process of my body fighting whatever bug I had, it brought up some deep rooted issues and sent me in to a shame spiral, which I then confronted using some tools in my toolbox, and turned it into a shame detox, and it was intense! And then to reinforce the whole self-worth/self-love theme (the lack of which is the root cause of so many of the challenges we face individually and collectively), of course that's exactly what turned out to be the main focus for every one of my clients this week. Ah, the Universe never ceases to amaze me! So in case you've been struggling with yourself lately I wanted to remind you that you're not alone and to be kind, gentle and compassionate with yourself - we are all in a big growth spurt phase! In this week's PGG Video of the week I remind you that when you heal yourself you heal the world, and my Instagram Post talks about how despite all the chaos around us, how Nirvana is a state of mind. As always, please feel free to let me know y our feedback about any and all that I'm doing :) Big hug <3 Kristina
P.S . Don't forget, my special anniversary coaching offer expires August 31st!
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Mommie Dearest
Originally published March 12, 2013

In that famous scene from the movie about Joan Crawford, the renowned actress declares in a rage to her daughter Christina, “No wire hangers — ever!"

 Hopefully you did not grow up with that kind of extreme abusive relationship, but it is not so farfetched to think that as an adult you might be treating yourself like Cinderella’s evil stepmother on steroids from time to time, subtly, overtly or subconsciously beating yourself up about the most trivial or significant things. Until we recognize and do something about it, we are often our own harshest critics when we need to be our most compassionate caregivers.

Do you speak nicely and are kind to yourself, especially in that tape that runs in your head? Do you take care of your body by eating healthy when you’re hungry, dressing appropriately for the weather, getting enough sleep, nursing yourself when sick, exercising, resting and playing on a regular basis? Do you allow yourself to express any emotion you are feeling — anger, sadness, frustration, joy, laughter — in an appropriate and timely manner? (Meaning, don’t walk around emotionally constipated!) And especially if you are a mother of young children, responsible for an aging parent, a teacher, healing professional or assumed the role of "official" caregiver, are you taking care of yourself as much as you take care of others?

Or perhaps on some level you operate like a neglected orphan, walking around searching outside yourself, doing anything for that feeling of warmth and nurturing (or a continuation of it if you did have it as a child). The bottom line is that we can’t rely on someone else — spouse, partner, boyfriend/girlfriends, parents- to provide this for us; as mature adults (which has nothing to do with age) we should strive to be emotionally, physically, financially, and intellectually self-sufficient, and most importantly, loving towards ourselves.

Whether or not you had a positive experience with whoever raised you, learn to nurture yourself as if you were your own precious child. When we are able to mother ourselves, it becomes a lot easier to give and receive love and compassion with those closest to us, and even with strangers. It doesn’t matter if you are ill, out of work, frustrated with a relationship or the state of the world — if we each commit to healing ourselves and take responsibility for our own well-being, we will begin to see positive change around us in big and small ways.

And to all the men out there, gender doesn’t matter — we each have a gentle feminine nature within us that we can call upon and develop , just like we also have a macho warrior spirit!

So tonight when you go to bed, tuck in that little girl or boy within you, maybe drink some tea, read a story and tell yourself you are sublimely cherished and grateful for all that you are, because as Lenny Kravitz’s Mama said Your life is a gift” and “Love’s all that matters.”

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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