Creating freedom in your life.

As we add or change things, we find ourselves fitting theses adjustment into our lives.  Perhaps it is starting a new job and having to get up earlier, or maybe you have school-going children entering a new grade.  Perhaps you have changed your diet or exercise routine.  We focus intently on adapting our routines to include the new or different.

In this focused space, we may find ourselves forgetting those things that really matter to us, or even find ourselves feeling trapped by our routines.

Do you feel like you are stuck doing the same things in the same way every day?  If so, it is time to create freedom in your life.Create freedom on a sunset background  We think of freedom as the state of not being physically captive, but we are all captive to old habits, repeated negative thoughts, and being trapped in our routines.

What does your day look like right now?  Write down everything that your feel you have to do each day. Now let’s explore.

What does freedom mean to you?  What would your day look like if you did not have to follow the same path?  Write it down and allow yourself to be completely unlimited in your answers.

What time would you get up?  When would you eat breakfast, if at all?  What would your morning include?  How would you spend the rest of the day?  What practices would you include that are non-negotiable – perhaps yoga or other exercise, meditation, breathwork or taking a walk? 

Now from the above list, what one thing can you include in your day?

From your current daily routine, what are you doing that you don’t really have to do, but continue to do as a habit?  Could you switch that out for the something that you would rather be doing?

When we decide for ourselves that something is important, the people and circumstances in our lives collaborate – but we have to make that decision first.  If we don’t fully commit to what matters, no one takes it seriously either.  We are masters at adding things to our day because we feel that our external situations demand it, but we are slower to add things that no one is compelling us to do, even if they are pivotally important to us. 

Create freedom in your life by choosing you first.  As you are fulfilled, you are able to spread that satisfaction to others. When you are frustrated and stuck, life collaborates with that too, and the people around you feel it. Choose you!

What are you bringing into your day that makes you feel a little more free?

Many Blessings,

Santa

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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