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Empowered communication

In this new world, we need to adapt the way we think or we will get left behind.  For some, this means braving the world of technology and for others it means figuring out how to live, work and play at home.  One of the keys to effectively surviving this lock-down period, no matter where …

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Staying connected in our new world

Learning to staying connected without physical connection is a new skill that we have had to learn. Some of you have had to start understanding a new technology.  For others, perhaps you’ve had to move your service or product to the virtual world.  Either way, it has been a learning curve for all globally.  Connecting …

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Living in the now

Every day our inboxes are flooded with headlines of what is going on around the world right now.  Everywhere you look, there is a constant reminder of how much things have changed and how our lives will be forever changed. With all the information out there, one can feel overwhelmed.  But  we all have a …

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What your mind can do for you

Our strong immune system has everything to do with a regulated nervous system. It is important to have our nervous systems regulated.   So how do we regulate our nervous systems?   We do this by breathing, being mindful and calming ourselves in whatever way works for us. This is a time for us to create as …

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Embracing our new world

We find ourselves in a brave new world with new rules and an entirely new way of living.  Each day we wake and the things that we would normally do, we can no longer do.  Our routines, habits and even our way of thinking about our days, have had to change. Change is never easy.  …

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Finding You

Empowerment is not a race to get out of where you are and into your dream life.  As you start on this journey, you will continuously discover new things about yourself and you will find that your dreams and desires change because of the growth you experience. Each step you take shapes who you are …

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Tools for self-empowerment

Empowerment is a never-ending and exciting journey.  Where you are today is different to where you were yesterday – emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally.  This is because every interaction we have, from meeting people at work, watching television, reading the newspaper and so on, shapes us and our day.  This then changes the space we …

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Empowerment through discovery

Now that we have taken the first step on our journey of self-empowerment, by taking an in-depth study of our lives, we have discovered where we would like to empower ourselves. Each of us starts in a different place and has different growth areas, based on our own life experiences.  Even family members or couples …

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The Journey to Self-empowerment

In this next series we are going to be looking at the different aspects of empowerment and what you can do to empower yourself where you are right now, regardless of your circumstances – physical emotional or financial – and move towards the next step in your life. How do you dear reader, define empowerment?  …

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RUNNING THROUGH DARKNESS
MEMOIR OF A SPIRITUAL WARRIOR

BY SANTA MOLINA-MARSHALL ‧ RELEASE DATE: MAY 3, 2022

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