Falling in Love with Life Again

In this month of love, let’s fall in love with life again. While life can get crazy and overwhelming, there is also so much beauty and wonder to claim, if we have the awareness of it.  No matter what the reality of life looks like right now, there is still much love and beauty when we seek it.

However, the way we feel and how we perceive the world, influences our view of life and what we believe to be true for ourselves. 

When things are tough, or we are on a healing journey, life can feel difficult.  While we may not be able to control how fast we get through the tough times, we do have complete control of the thoughts we think and the way we perceive our lives.  In this space, finding ways to keep ourselves in high vibration and finding the good in each experience can be difficult at first.  As you practice this more, you will notice micro-shifts in the way you feel.  Like learning any new skill, the more you practice it, theFalling in love with life easier and more natural it begins to feel.  These little shifts soon become our new version of reality, and if we stay on this path of seeking the good in every moment, our dreams become our reality.

We are always surrounded by the love of Source/God/Goddess/Universe.  We can tap into this and create the awareness of the love in our physical reality by:

  1. Looking for the love and goodness around us:

What we seek, we always find.  When you are around a negative person, you hear their complaints, and soon every media headline or person you speak to seems to be saying the same thing.   You are in complete awareness of that subject, so you are constantly shown examples of it. Now flip this concept. Instead of allowing external influences to lead you down a path, actively choose to seek the good.   Set the intention that you are looking for moments of love, joy and the beauty of life – soon they will appear. 

  1. Changing your perception:

There are many everyday tasks we do not enjoy but need to do, e.g. doing the dishes or running errands.  Teaching yourself to find love in doing these tasks allows you stay on a high vibration.  We dislike doing certain things for many reasons, but we can find the love in it. While doing the dishes, you can appreciate the joy of water on your hands, the blessing of having water, the ability to do this task, or the sense of satisfaction for having accomplished it. Our perception determines our reaction to any task – when we change the way we view it, we change the experience of that task. 

  1. Stepping out of reality:

Sometimes reality is not a fun place to be, so step out of it.  When you’re on a healing journey and caring for yourself, being present in the experience of a task can be hard.  Allow your mind to wander and remove your focus from the task.  Instead, think about things that make you happy, or things that are fun to do. Immerse yourself in this space, imagining the sounds, smells and conversations.  This detachment can give you the breathing room you need to recenter.  Visualize yourself living the life you want as you move through this tough experience.   Our reality exists according to what we believe is possible for us.  Expand what you believe to be true for you, and your reality will shift.

Many Blessings,
Santa

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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