Healing Mind, Body & Spirit

Trauma leaves its mark.  It has a way of changing that which we know and believe about ourselves and life.  When we have been through any trauma, we not even be aware of the shift in our perspectives until we confront an issue.

As our experiences shape and change us, part of healing is checking in with what we believe right now, what we need at this time in our lives, and what the right path of healing is for us.

As we move forward on our healing path, these things continue to change and evolve as we do.

Have you taken time to see what you need at this moment?  We are usually directed to specific healing paths based on whatGreen bakground with a journal, crystals and healing tools those assisting us think we may need.  We may have been raised into a certain belief system and be expected to follow its teachings in our healing journey.

Part of moving forward in healing is discovering what is right for you.  It is about discovering those tools, resources and teachers that feel good to you, support you and serve in your healing process.  You may come across teachings that are vastly different to what you have been taught to believe, but if those teachings are aiding you on your journey, that is what you need right now.

Unapologetically give your being what it needs without guilt, shame or fear of what others will think.  Healing is a solo journey shared with many – solo because only you know what you most need to heal, however, we heal powerfully within a supportive community.  We cannot compare our healing paths or determine where we should be on the path, based on the journey of others who we believe experienced similar trauma.  You are unique, and your experiences, pain and healing is unique to you.

We need to love ourselves through our healing by allowing each moment to be what it is, while giving our being – mind, body and Spirit – what it needs.  Allow yourself the space to not be perfect, to not beat yourself up if you have a hard day, but focus on those moments in that day, however small – the moments in which you smiled, took a quiet pause, or felt a little better.

Each day, ask your body, mind and Spirit:  What do I need today? 

  • What food does my body need to feel good?
  • What activity does my mind need to give me the space of not thinking about my pain, and instead focusing on this activity?
  • What does my Spirit need today? How can I connect to Source/God/Goddess/ the Universe today?
  • What do I need in this moment to make myself rise into the next moment?

I invite you to share your answers with me.  I welcome you to be part of my community of healing.

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