Celebrating Self for Summer

This summer, celebrate the most important person in your life – YOU!   When last did you take time to check in with self?  When last did you give yourself credit for your growth, or stop and notice the changes in your life and being?

This summer, celebrate the miracle you are.  We came into this world with the knowing of our own power and potential.  Along the way, life caused us to forget who we are and our power to create our lives. 

Celebrate the miracle of your physical body.  Your heart beats and your lungs function without any direction from you. We get to support our bodies with a healthy diet, exercise, and self-care, but they continue to function on their own.  We get the gift of deciding how to best support our bodies and how we want our bodies to function for us.  We have the power to take action at any time.

Celebrate your mind.  Your mind is the most powerful tool you have.  No matter what state your physical body is in, you can still use your mind.  You can learn, read, and choose your thoughts.  When we have been through trauma, our minds can becomeA blue sky above the beach with palm leaves in the top corners and the words "Celebrate yourself this summer - you are amazing!" overwhelmed. We may find ourselves filled with fear and forgetting our mental capacity and power, or reliving a traumatic experience in our thoughts. The gift is that no one else can control your mind or your thoughts.  No one else can tell you what to think.  You can choose to shift your mental state with the support of tools, teachers and resources.  Just as you can choose your thoughts, you can choose to step into your future, and no one can stop you.

Celebrate your emotions – they are your guide, your inner voice, and a powerful resource.  Our emotions tell us if what we are thinking feels good, or if we need to shift our thoughts.  When we tune in, we can use our emotions to guide us with the decisions we make, and to notice when our thoughts do not serve us. Checking in with how we feel at any moment lets us know if we are in a high vibration state, or if it is time to stop, breathe and think in a new direction.

Celebrate the open-ended, always welcoming connection to Source/God/Goddess/Universe. We are never alone, no matter how we may feel at any moment.  Divine love and guidance are always available to us, and we can access it at any time.  You get to connect with Source/God/Goddess/Universe in whatever way feels right to you, and at any time, to raise your vibration.

At this moment, we have bodies that support our physical presence in this world, minds that shift our direction and take us places and emotions that let us know if we are going in the right direction.  We have a connection to Source/God/Goddess/Universe that keeps us supported with the knowledge that we are never alone and are surrounded by a constant source of love and guidance.   This is all within us.  We also get to choose our tribe of people to externally support us in the greater world.

We are infinitely powerful beings and get to live a full life of love, support and community. Reach out and join me as we celebrate ourselves, and our healing, and do it in community.

Many Blessings,

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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