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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The Springtime Of Healing

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Life is an endless series of stories weaving and unweaving the very web of life as the vast collective unconscious.

Your story, my story, all stories. Each life is an amazing story filled with heart-break and ecstasy, sadness and tenderness. Spring is the season that tells the story of rebirth, resilience and vibrancy that keeps us motivated to continue on in our journey.

The Season Of The Heart

When we begin to see the signs of spring after a long winter, something inside of us starts to come alive like a seed. Our heart begins to beat with a new excitement. Suddenly everything feels new again.

Whatever bleakness or sadness one might be carrying in their heart surely dissolves in the aliveness of spring. Spring is a reminder of the true resilience of the spirit. We breathe this new life in with each and every breath. And before you know it, you’ve forgotten your sadness and have started to pursue a new vision. It’s funny how that works, and so endlessly utterly amazing!

Maybe you’ve fallen in love and are developing a new relationship. Perhaps you’ve started a new job or embarked on a new course of study. No matter what has sparked this new passion, it is a sure sign that the heart is alive and well. It is the beginning of a new story weaving itself as your life. It is an act of healing and regeneration.

A Time To Rediscover What Gives You Vibrancy

As each person goes through life there are hundreds, no, thousands of ups and downs, hills and valleys, highs and lows! We navigate them as best we can. We remember the ones that give our lives depth and meaning, and we let go of the experiences that we would rather forget. Truth is though, every experience contributes to the whole of our lives. None is without meaning. There are just those that we would rather forget. The ones we are not proud of. But in the long run, no one is judging. So, proud or not proud has no bearing.

We are given, over and over again, the opportunity to discover what gives our lives vibrancy, meaning and motivation. All you have to do is pose the question: What gives my life its greatest vibrancy, what gives my life passion? Sit with these questions for any length of time and you will feel like spring is coming to life inside your body! New ideas will sprout, new visions will emerge. You will keep on keeping on!

Share Your Story And Your Love For Life

With each new little spiritual rebirth our lives become enriched. We have stories to share of how we faced our challenges and overcame them. We have opportunities to tell others that we love them and opportunities to praise the ones we love.

It’s springtime! Let’s share our love and our victories as easily as the birds sing their songs with all their might. Let’s add our voices and our energies to the web of life. It’s so necessary. And each and every story has meaning. Yes, even yours!

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Where Gratitude Begins

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I believe that gratitude begins with story.

I also believe that story begins with connection. That connection begins with experiences. For instance, I experience myself. I experience others. I experience something going on around me that involves other beings. These things that happen makes me smile, laugh, cry, shout, scream. Then I experience something warm inside that makes me want more of those things that make me smile, laugh, cry, shout, scream. I feel that can only be described as appreciation, thankfulness, gratitude for each and every experience that has caused me to feel such a range of emotions.

Our Invisible Connection

Each experience is a story. A story I can retell and conjure up the same feeling I did as it happened. Carl Jung has written that, “the collective unconscious contains the whole spiritual heritage of mankind’s evolution, born anew in the brain structure of every individual.” I believe it is that collective unconscious that allows us to connect, to become aware, to have shared experiences, to create stories and to feel a deep sense of gratitude. To take this one step further, I believe that story is a form that encompasses all that exists under the celestial sky and brings light to the idea that we are all connected beneath an umbrella of unconsciousness. And, that unconsciousness requires a voice, a venue of expression, hence the importance of story.

Passing It On

This invisible shared human experience is itself cause for gratitude. Our shared human experiences are told in the form of cultural and spiritual rituals which are story patterns passed down from generation to generation. Our experiences are also told through painting, dance, song, theater. The arts hold the eternal space for story. Artists, or those individuals who actively, consciously seek a deeper understanding of our relationship with this unseen connectivity, brings that understanding to others. The artist refines the ability to communicate with humanity on a grand scale, uniting us more intimately with the universal force.

Gratitude Has A Pattern

Rituals that are handed down and repeated are actually patterns in the collective unconscious. They are like messengers with the power to teach and heal. They are stories that are necessary to the well-being of humanity. Like these stories that come to us from the past as repeated patterns, gratitude also has a pattern that is propelled forward continuously seeking outlets for expression. The result of gratitude expressed is healing. Can you feel the pattern of gratitude looking to express itself in your life? Can you recognize the patterns that give rise to that sense of gratitude?

I find it helpful and healing to recall moments when I have experienced deep gratitude. And as I continue to grow, I find it effortless to feel gratitude for everything in creation. Even those experiences that some might label ‘bad.’ Ultimately, everything that happens gives rise to something else, a pattern that must be expressed. I love consciously contributing to the passing on of the gratitude pattern.

May you and yours become more deeply aware of the gift of gratitude and share the pattern in your own unique way with all you meet through the course of your days.

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Inspirational Storyteller, Speaker, Best-selling Author And Coach, Dr. Nina Kelly, Focuses On The Gift Of Gratitude

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Inspiring storyteller, writer and speaker, Dr. Nina Kelly turns her attention to the gratitude she feels at this time of year when loved ones come together to experience life together and how those moments become much-loved stories that are experienced as gifts.

New Orleans, LA – April 11, 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 blog on her website entitled, “A Story Of Gratitude.” Dr. Kelly expresses her appreciation for the gift of story-telling.

Dr. Kelly asks, “Who doesn’t love a good story?” She provides an answer, writing, “I don’t know a soul who doesn’t get drawn into a well-told tale. I am so grateful for the stories I listened to carefully while growing up and for the wonder those stories created in me.”

Nina continues her expression of gratitude, “I am so grateful for the friends and family members I share my life with now and for the stories we share among ourselves.” She goes on to explain, “Stories come about as a result of how moments unfold on our journey through life. Some of those moments are sad, frightening and traumatic. Some are exuberant, joyful and unfathomably precious.” She emphasizes that, “Most people have a combination of stories that span from the saddest to the most thrilling of experience.”

The entire blog can be read at https://www.ninamkelly.com/a-story-of-gratitude/

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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Inspirational Storyteller, Speaker, Best-selling Author And Coach, Dr. Nina Kelly, Extends Visionary Wishes For The New Year

Inspiring storyteller, writer and speaker, Dr. Nina Kelly shares visionary quotes and encouraging words to help readers embark positively into the ever unfolding unknowns of the New Year.

New Orleans, LA – January 10, 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 blog on her website entitled, “Be A Visionary Thinker And Watch Your Positive Future Unfold.” Dr. Kelly shares some of her favorite quotes and offers suggestions for making the New Year a positive one.

Dr. Kelly writes, “As we launch into our new year, my thoughts turn to visionary thinkers.” She continues, “As so many excitedly think about their goals and dreams for the coming year, I am reminded of the words of John Wooden who said, “Don’t give up on your dreams or your dreams will give up on you.””

As Dr. Kelly points out, “Very often a great number of people entertain New Year’s resolutions without true intent and consequently, they do not achieve those things. They are the ones who keep saying they’re going to achieve the same things over and over, from year to year.” She adds, “That reminds me of the brilliant quote from Henry Ford, “Whether you believe you can, or you can’t, you’re right.””

“Now, I’m not suggesting that you have to work hard to achieve your desires and visions,” says Dr. Kelly adding, “But you do have to envision them on a fairly regular basis, and you must believe you can achieve them.”

The entire blog can be read at https://www.ninamkelly.com/be-a-visionary-thinker-and-watch-your-positive-future-unfold/

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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Inspirational Storyteller, Speaker, Best-selling Author and Coach, Nina Kelly Talks About The Power Of Story

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Inspiring storyteller, writer and speaker, Dr. Nina Kelly writes about the power that verbally sharing stories has to heal the aching souls of those who are facing death as well as those left behind by loved ones who have crossed over into death.

New Orleans, LA – December 3, 2018 – 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, “Story Lives On,” in which Dr. Kelly talks about how story is inextricably woven into life.

Nina writes, “We humans are weaned on stories.” She continues elaborating, “Parents read stories to their children practically from birth. Parents tell their children stories about their families and what life was like before the child made his or her appearance.” She adds, “What we forget or never become fully aware of is that each individual human being is a story.”

As Nina points out, “Each individual human story is filled from beginning to end with twists and turns, adventure, excitement, thrills, regrets, heartbreaks, loves, sorrows, gains and times of delightful calm.” She states, “Some people leave this earth with their stories all locked up inside them. So many stories go untold.”

The entire blog can be read at https://www.ninamkelly.com/story-lives-on/

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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