Inspirational Storyteller, Speaker, Best-selling Author And Coach, Dr. Nina Kelly, Calls For Celebrating The Love Of All Humanity

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Inspiring storyteller, writer and speaker, Dr. Nina Kelly talks about different kinds of love swirling about in the air we breathe and turns her attention to Agape, the love of humanity.

New Orleans, LA – February 13, 2020 – Dr. Nina M. Kelly, Inspirational Storyteller, Coach, Author and Co-Author of The Big Question with Larry King, and Success Mastery and Success Breakthroughs with Jack Canfield, recently posted a new blog on her website entitled, “Agape Is In The Air,” in which Dr. Kelly talks about six different words for six different kinds of love.

“It’s February,” states Dr. Kelly. She asks, “Can you feel the shift that has occurred as people begin to think about romantic love?” She continues adding, “Commercials and ads for long-stemmed red roses, chocolates, wines, lingerie and romantic restaurants flood the airwaves. This is the time lovers are planning how they are going to demonstrate to their loved one just how much they are loved on St. Valentine’s Day.”

Dr. Kelly writes, “I am all for romantic love, however, there is another more enduring kind of love that I would like to draw your attention to. The Greeks call it Agape, which means the love for everyone, for all of humanity.”

According to Dr. Kelly, “The Greeks actually have six different words for different kinds of love. Of course,” she says, “we all know about Eros, or sexual passion named after the Greek god of fertility. Next is Philia or the love among good friends. Ludus is playful love, while Pragma is the name for longstanding love and Philautia is the love of the self.”

The entire blog can be read at https://www.ninamkelly.com/agape-is-in-the-air/

About Dr. Nina M. Kelly

Nina M. Kelly is a mythologist with an emphasis in depth psychology, storyteller, author, humanitarian, and cultural and arts activist. She also is an Archetypal Pattern Analyst and Dream Pattern Analyst. Nina’s sense of adventure has always been sparked through learning more about people and their cultures. Believing that if you understand a person’s culture, stories, myths, and rituals, then you more readily open your world to greater compassion.

Her passion for the art of healing through stories brought her to the place of writing Grace Has A Silent Voice where she honors the silent heroes and the resilience of the human spirit. Working with death and dying patients she acquired a tremendous respect for the proper honoring of story. In her book she acknowledged the silent heroes that walk into our life for a moment then quickly disappear. This inevitably leaves an imprint that continues to remind us there is beauty in humanity.

Nina’s doctorate is from Pacifica Graduate Institute in Mythological Studies and Emphasis on Depth Psychology, her dissertation research was completed through Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, Louisiana. Dissertation: Myth Making and Modern Medicine, A Case of Kidney Transplantation. Her research work included reducing the rejection episodes post-transplant implementing the power of stories and images. She published The Lost Heritage in Psychology at the Threshold.

In addition to The Big Question, co-authored with Larry King, other publications by Dr. Kelly include: Success Mastery and Success Breakthroughs, both co-authored with Jack Canfield, Leo Learns A Lesson, Psychology at the Threshold, and Crossing Borders: An Archetypal Exploration in Times of Transition.

Nina has also been actively involved in film production serving as Executive Producer on Dandelion, A New Leash on Life – K9 for Warriors and Larry King – A Celebrated Life.

Nina is also an Archetypal Pattern Analyst and Dream Pattern Analyst where she completed her studies from Assisi International Institute and published Weaving Story Into The Web.

Nina served as an executive film producer for the short film “Dandelion.” The film won the judge’s award and has shown at several film festivals. She has also served as president of the New Orleans Opera Association, Vice President of the Shreveport Opera Association, president of Southern Repertory Theatre, Chair for Loyola University School of Music Visiting Committee, president and CEO of the Children’s Bureau, publishing the history of the Children’s Bureau, Saving Wednesday’s Child (authored by Mark Cave) and authoring the introduction and acknowledgements. Throughout her tenure, she has served on numerous non-profits boards.

Nina continues to challenge us through the inspiration and motivation of storytelling. She continues to believe that the artform of storytelling and story sharing originate from the heart of everyone searching for expression thus healing both listener and teller.

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Agape Is In The Air

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Love is all around.

It’s February. Can you feel the shift that has occurred as people begin to think about romantic love? Commercials and ads for long-stemmed red roses, chocolates, wines, lingerie and romantic restaurants flood the airwaves. This is the time lovers are planning how they are going to demonstrate to their loved one just how much they are loved on St. Valentine’s Day.

I am all for romantic love, however, there is another more enduring kind of love that I would like to draw your attention to. The Greeks call it Agape, which means the love for everyone, for all of humanity.

Six Kinds of Love

The Greeks actually have six different words for different kinds of love. Of course, we all know about Eros, or sexual passion named after the Greek god of fertility. Next is Philia or the love among good friends. Ludus is playful love, while Pragma is the name for longstanding love and Philautia is the love of the self.

I know all those who are involved in a romantic relationship will be hard pressed to turn their attention to Agape, but if you’re not swept up in romantic love, or have settled into your romantic love let’s celebrate love for all of humanity this month. Can you be loving toward everyone you come into contact with on Valentine’s Day? How about someone with whom you’ve recently argued or butted heads with? Can you soften your heart and show love toward that person? Can you forgive yourself as well as the other? Can you feel your heart soften as you focus your attention on the healing power of love instead of grievances?

Fill Your Heart

Let love for all of life, all of humanity fill your heart to overflowing. And if there is that someone special with whom you can express romantic love, so much more the sweeter. Romantic love does not exclude Agape or the love of humanity. As the saying goes, “Love is all you need.” And it is in the very air we breathe!

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Love Is A Many Splendored Thing

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“Love and compassion are necessities not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.”
The Dalai Lama

February is the month of love.

Valentine’s Day falls mid-month and is the day which pays homage primarily to romantic love or Eros. When it comes to love, most people tend to focus on romantic love even though there are seven different kinds.

The love the Dalai Lama refers to is definitely not Eros. This is the love I love to focus on! It is more akin to Agape, Philia or Platonic love.

Most people have probably heard of Platonic love, typically thought of as the love between friends. However, that is a much watered-down concept. As devised by Plato, Platonic love is about “rising through levels of closeness to wisdom and true beauty – from carnal attraction to individual bodies to attraction to souls – and eventually, union with the Truth.”

Agape, a less familiar term to many, is universal love, the love for strangers, nature, all of life and God.

It embraces the notion of altruism or an unselfish concern for the welfare of others. While Philia, another unfamiliar term, also refers to friendship, more in the nature of shared goodwill. Aristotle was of the belief that a person can bear goodwill to another for one of three reasons: 1, that he is useful, 2, that he is pleasant, and 3, that he is good – meaning rational and virtuous.

I believe that as a culture we have lumped all forms of love together and give most credence to the romantic Eros.

I propose tearing them apart and giving more emphasis to one of the three I’ve mentioned. Turning away from the seductive Eros for a moment will not diminish that type of love one bit. But to contemplate the others and to look for ways to spread compassionate love in our individual lives could be the saving grace humanity needs for survival right now.

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