Conversations with Santa

Living in freedom

With the world open again, we are able to expand our personal world. We can choose to see the gifts we gained through these past two years or we can find ourselves focusing on the pain, loss and anger. Many of us have shifted our beliefs on what matters in life and grown in ways …

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Navigating the New Old World

We once again find ourselves shifting our lives. This may feel like a heady sense of freedom, with a dose of fear, as we go into summer. How do we once again navigate this change?

Re-Centering for Healing

When we go through trauma and are in place of hurt, we feel scattered. Everything feels harder, and even getting up and facing the day can feel like a great effort. One of the tools I have used is re-centering. When we can bring ourselves back to center and recalibrate our being, we can move …

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You Too Can Triumph

It my deepest wish for you to know that no matter what you have been through, you too can not only heal, but live a joyful, fulfilling and beautiful life.

LIVE on channel 11

Listen to Santa’s  interview LIVE on channel 11. Santa speaks about her journey from Trauma to Triumph and how others can find healing too. Click the image below to listen to the interview. Join Santa in exploring how we can all find healing in her new book –  Running Through Darkness: Memoir of a Spiritual …

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Running Through Darkness: Memoir of a Spiritual Warrior

My new book, Running Through Darkness: Memoir of a Spiritual Warrior. 
It takes readers on a journey, showing them that no matter what they’ve been through, healing is possible. As we go from trauma to triumph, we can reclaim what has been our divine birthright – to be whole, happy, joyous and free!

Why Receiving is Giving

Another way of showing love and nurturing self, is to receive. We acknowledge our worth when we receive what is given to us through love. 

Nurturing is Breathing

Nurturing is like breathing.  Without breath we cannot live; without nurturing ourselves, we don’t connect with life. We often think of nurturing in the context of a mother caring for her child.  Nurturing is the act of caring for and protecting your chosen charge to help them thrive.  Most of us find it easy to …

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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