Growing and Flowing

We move forward one step at a time, and each step is a moment to decide what we are planting.  If you sow the same seeds in the same poor soil, the plants that emerge will look the same, and perhaps a little more worn. 

Plant new seeds in fresh, nourished soil and what arises is both powerful and impactful.  These seeds that emerge as new growth, put us on a new path.  The choice of seeds determines what that path will be.

Being consistent in choosing our path and doing one thing every day to support this, determines the direction in which our life will move.

Just as daily exercise changes the shape of your body, daily practices for the mind and Spirit influence the direction of your life.

Life flows in the direction we point in. We get to choose what our tomorrow looks like through the actions of today.    When you are going through a tough time, having someone tell you to raise your vibration can be really annoying, but the truth is we are constantly creating our lives through our thoughts.  We can choose to create more of what is or we can choose to incrementally shift the needle and create a better day tomorrow.  Even the smallest of shifts makes a massive difference over time.

Find practices that feed your being and raise your vibration and create a life that fills you with joy.

  • What do you need to raise your vibration each day? Perhaps it is listening to someone who inspires and motivates you, or a physical activity that makes you feel alive. It may be meditation or a breathing exercise. Choose a time of day that you feel this activity would have the most impact for you.  The time you choose is important so that you can comfortably dedicate that time to the activity, even if all you have is five minutes.a green field of growing flowers with a bright blue sky
  • Be consistent in whatever practices you choose.  When it stops feeling good to you, find something else that fits.  The point is not the repetition, but the effect you receive.  The consistency is about developing the habit of feeling good so then if you feel anything less that good, you can immediately notice and adjust your path.
  • Have a toolbox of things that make you feel good. Perhaps a physical activity, an audio, a playlist, a book – any selection that works for your mind and personality.  Having it on hand means you can reach for any of the above whenever you feel yourself going to a negative place.  You can simply reach for whatever you are able to use in that moment and uplift yourself immediately, instead of having to look for something when you feel bad.  If you wait until you need it, you likely won’t be in a state to use that tool.
We are constantly growing and flowing.  Choose the seeds you will plant and the garden you wish to grow!

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