Summer Inspires Stories

Summer stories

Long, lazy days, soft, warm breezes, and adventures beckon.

The music of children laughing and waves breaking on the shore. The smell of hamburgers and hot dogs and fresh-shucked corn sizzling on the grill.

In our neck of the woods you’re likely to be enticed by the aroma of crab and shrimp boils. Summer is the time we feast on piles of fresh caught crabs and shrimp boiled and tossed across the picnic table on newspaper.

The unhurried pace, the tinkling of ice-cold glasses filled with lemonade and sweet tea. This is summertime pretty much wherever you live. If it’s not waves breaking on the ocean shore, it’s the scent of sunscreen and the sound of kids splashing in pools and lakes across the country.

The Freedom Of Summer

Summer is truly an inspiring time of year. Between the lushness and bounty of Mother Nature the excitement of being able to spend hours outside soaking up the sunshine (with sunscreen of course) and staying outside deep into the night is a true luxury. Outdoor concerts and festivals abound. Alfresco dining becomes the norm whether it’s your favorite restaurant, a picnic, dinner party or cocktail party. Summer is about being outside, being out of the confines of man-made walls.

Summer gives way to days that are less structured. A certain sense of freedom fills the soul with joy. Kids don’t have to go to school. Many kids head off to summer camp where they may stay up late into the gentle nights sitting around camp fires making s’mores and competing with each other to see who can tell the scariest stories.

Many adults get to go on vacation during the summer months. Whether it’s a stay-at-home adventure, a visit to relatives who live in another state or a totally exotic vacation to an unexplored destination, summer provides a delicious freedom from the daily routine.

Summer Is Filled With The Promise Of Possibilities

While it never seems long enough for people who live in the Northeast or the Midwest, summer is the season that feels bigger than life and brimming with possibilities. The long days and blanket-soft nights of summer seem to vibrate with promise and wonder. What will this summer bring? Will it bring a new romance? A new opportunity? A new life-long friend? A new perspective? A new spiritual awakening? Anything is possible when the mind, body and soul are relaxed. And summer is all about relaxing and opening up to the possibilities.

Starry Story Nights

For adults of every age, summer evokes so many cherished memories. Each new summer adds to the treasure trove of stories. Spending time in the expanse of the great outdoors gives our hearts and minds space to soar. How many stories of yours begin with, “Remember that summer when…”? Our love of stories is often born and nurtured as a result of some summertime adventure. Even though we are also accustomed to children whining about summer being so long and boring, that memory also gets stored as something to cherish. As a parent or grandparent you may hear yourself saying to a friend, “Remember when the kids used to think that summer was boring?” That is merely a phase that some kids go through. At the end of the day, summer is the quintessential season. And it all begins in the glorious month of June! May your summer be filled with wonderful adventures and possibilities.

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Unleash Your Light And Breezy Summer Spirit

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“Smell the sea, feel the sky, let your soul and spirit fly!” Van Morrison

June has arrived, ushering in the sweetest of seasons – three wonderful months of summer with delicious warm breezes that call out to the playful spirit. I don’t think I know a single soul who doesn’t love and look forward to the summer. It is such a wonderful season that it has been the topic of songs, stories and poems since time immemorial.

Since June is the most popular month of the year for weddings summer seems to hold our dreams of love and romance, adventure and fun in its warm embrace. It’s the time of year when daydreaming is allowed, even encouraged. Our senses come to life and our imagination is set free to soar with the birds among the blue skies and puffy white clouds.

I think the word most associated with summer is freedom!

The freedom to shed clothes that confine. Freedom to explore new places and meet new people. Freedom to play with childlike abandon. The days are long, and the nights are intoxicating. In the immortal words of poet, Wallace Stevens, “The summer night is like a perfection of thought.”

If you do nothing more this summer, I pray that you can simply let go of limiting thoughts and learn how to engage freely with the beauty of the sea, sky, flowers, and the whole nature. Wherever you journey may your days, your nights and your soul be filled with the truest sense of freedom and joy.

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Inspirational Storyteller, Speaker, Best-selling Author and Coach, Nina Kelly Shows Readers How To Become Conscious Lovers Or Lovers Of Being Conscious

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Inspiring storyteller, writer and speaker, Dr. Nina Kelly offers a Valentine’s Day gift to readers in the form of a brief method for becoming conscious of thoughts that lead to words and actions in order to recognize when one is truly being loving.

New Orleans, LA – February  14, 2019 – 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 article on her website entitled, “Consciously Engage In Loving Behaviors To Make The World A Better Place,” in which Dr. Kelly invites her readers to participate in a brief exercise.

“Love,” writes Dr. Kelly, continuing, “it’s what “makes the world go ‘round.” It’s something everyone longs for and thinks they will never find. Romantic love can be glorious, messy, challenging, and sometimes downright dangerous.” She adds, “As we focus on love this month, I would like to turn your attention to you and how you love yourself and the world in which you live. And how even the smallest bit of conscious love can make the world a better place. This is my Valentine’s Day gift to you.”

According to Dr. Kelly, “Before we become conscious of our behaviors, in order to determine if they are loving or otherwise, we must first become conscious of our thoughts.” She elaborates, “Words and actions always follow thoughts, though you may not realize it. Sometimes the words just come flying out of our mouths before we realize we’ve had a thought!” She emphasizes, “And becoming conscious of our thoughts, words and actions is not an easy job.”

Dr. Kelly offers readers a brief 5-minute experience on how to become more aware or conscious of thoughts. She suggests, “If you sit still for just 5 minutes and close your eyes, you will see how your thoughts bombard you non-stop. If you continue to sit and let the thoughts come without becoming attached to any of them, if you simply watch like you’re viewing a movie or television show, you may be surprised at the nature of many of those thoughts.”

“Now, the whole idea is to be kind, loving and gentle with yourself,” says Dr. Kelly. She advises, “Do not berate yourself for the thoughts that come up. Simply pay attention to them. Let them float up and away like bubbles moving from the bottom of the sea to the surface where they pop and dissolve. When you open your eyes you can then begin to explore the nature of the thoughts that came up.”

The entire article can be read at https://www.ninamkelly.com/consciously-engage-in-loving-behaviors-to-make-the-world-a-better-place/

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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Consciously Engage In Loving Behaviors To Make The World A Better Place

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Love – it’s what “makes the world go ‘round.”

It’s something everyone longs for and thinks they will never find. Romantic love can be glorious, messy, challenging, and sometimes downright dangerous. As we focus on love this month, I would like to turn your attention to you and how you love yourself and the world in which you live. And how even the smallest bit of conscious love can make the world a better place. This is my Valentine’s Day gift to you.

How To Become Conscious

Before we become conscious of our behaviors, in order to determine if they are loving or otherwise, we must first become conscious of our thoughts. Words and actions always follow thoughts, though you may not realize it. Sometimes the words just come flying out of our mouths before we realize we’ve had a thought! And becoming conscious of our thoughts, words and actions is not an easy job.

Here’s a beginning: If you sit still for just 5 minutes and close your eyes, you will see how your thoughts bombard you non-stop. If you continue to sit and let the thoughts come without becoming attached to any of them, if you simply watch like you’re viewing a movie or television show, you may be surprised at the nature of many of those thoughts.

Now, the whole idea is to be kind, loving and gentle with yourself. Do not berate yourself for the thoughts that come up. Simply pay attention to them. Let them float up and away like bubbles moving from the bottom of the sea to the surface where they pop and dissolve. When you open your eyes you can then begin to explore the nature of the thoughts that came up.

Loving Thoughts Precede Loving Actions

If you noticed many of the thoughts that surfaced during your quiet moments were judgmental thoughts about friends and loved ones, gently ask this question: Are you accusing others of the very things you disown or reject about yourself? Awareness is the first step toward making any kind of change. And if you desire to love consciously, you must go within. You must know what goes on inside your head and your heart.

Husband and wife authors of Conscious Loving, Gay and Katie Hendricks say that, “When you don’t, or can’t acknowledge your feelings or accept something about yourself, it’s a sign that deep down you don’t love yourself. And, if you don’t love yourself, you’ll never feel completely at peace with yourself and the world around you.”

We Make The World Better By Changing Ourselves

Most of us don’t have huge, world changing missions. But we each have an important purpose for being here I think that the purpose of our human existence is to discover how to truly love. I’ve written about that in my most recent blog. (See Love Is A Many Splendored Thing) I love what Swami Satchidananda has said in The Yoga Sutras. “We are not going to change the whole world, but we can change ourselves and feel free as birds. We can be serene even in the midst of calamities and, by our serenity, make others more tranquil. Serenity is contagious. If we smile at someone, he or she will smile back. And a smile costs nothing. We should plague everyone with joy. If we are to die in a minute, why not die happily, laughing?”

May you experience a deep sense of self love this Valentine’s Day and may that love grow continuously as you spread the joy of that love every day from this day forward.

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