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Healing Through Love

Love can be a vehicle to healing.  When we can immerse ourselves in the process of seeing love all around us, we decrease our focus on those things that hurt.  The more we do this, the more we are able to observe the love that surrounds us constantly.   When we think of love, we often

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Actively Seeking Expansion

Empowerment is a conscious choice we get to make.  We can remain where we are right now, with our life picture being what it is.  We can continue to tell ourselves the same stories and hold the same beliefs or we can choose to step onto the path of empowerment.  We can actively seek our

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Living Your Uniqueness.

We are conditioned as children to fit into the mold created by society. Most of us have learned from experience that fitting in is safe and standing out is uncomfortable.    When we get to a place where we can embrace being uncomfortable, we experience tremendous growth.  The feeling of being uncomfortable comes from fear –

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Rebirth, Renew, Refresh

Rebirth is a process that, while slow, will lead to predictable changes.  We can choose the trajectory of the changes by crafting the direction we wish to grow in; we can choose our personal rebirth as nature does. In nature, a happy, well-loved plant begins from a seed, and soon a few green leaves appear. 

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Spring Rebirth

Like the earth, we can use this coming of Spring to rebirth ourselves.  The advent of the new year brings pressure to change, and by the time April rolls around, many of us feel frustrated with ourselves for not implementing those wishes.  Spring brings an opportunity to reset – to begin anew without all the

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Daily Empowerment

We can make empowering ourselves a part of each day.  It is an act of self-care to give to ourselves daily. We deserve to feel good, be happy, and love life, no matter what our past experiences and teachings may be.  When we choose to give to ourselves by taking a single, small action, we

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This debut memoir chronicles a woman’s spiritual exploration and growth as she overcame a disturbing childhood and helped others heal.

Brought to America from the Dominican Republic as a youngster, Molina-Marshall should have led a happy life. Her father was a diligent worker, and his large family wanted for nothing. But the author recounts that her dad had a drinking problem and was a serial philanderer. Molina-Marshall’s long-suffering mother left him for a woman. Then it was all downhill for the bright, 12-year-old girl, who was shuttled between foster care and relatives. According to the author, she was sexually abused by the husband of one of her siblings. This resulted in Molina-Marshall becoming alienated and moody. By 15, she simply tried to survive. In her favor were grit and a restless intelligence. She quit school, rented a room, and found a factory job. Time went by, and for a while she was happily married. Yet when her husband left her, her life truly began. She turned to religion for answers but decided that blaming God for her woes was a cop-out. 

In this absorbing and moving memoir, Molina-Marshall’s vivid storytelling is fearless. She frankly discusses the truths she discovered and the indignities she suffered. These admissions are disclosed with a touch of resignation and plenty of bite. However painful, everything she experienced was a lesson, and she bravely realized that she was part of the problem: “The fear of being hurt, rejected, or abused often led to me feeling lonely and misunderstood. No one knew the agonizing pain I felt being trapped in my thoughts and anger. I was becoming my biggest threat.” 

The author skillfully recounts her intricate spiritual journey. To deal with her psychic wounds, she searched for an inspirational system. Her open-mindedness led her to the interfaith concept—cherry-picking from various religions and spiritual movements, yoga, and Indigenous beliefs as a way of finding peace. Along with her female partner, she built a therapy practice, making use of every spiritual element that aided her and others. The road was bumpy, and she found that women of color in same-sex relationships were not welcomed everywhere. To do good works—and finally live on her own terms—she effectively overcame bigotry.

An engrossing, cathartic account of empathy and success through determination and confidence.

Pub Date: May 3, 2022   |    ISBN: 978-0-578-38315-6  |   Page Count: 264    | Publisher: From Trauma to Triumph  |   Review Posted Online: June 13, 2022