Living in freedom

With the world open again, we are able to expand our personal world.

We can choose to see the gifts we gained through these past two years or we can find ourselves focusing on the pain, loss and anger. Many of us have shifted our beliefs on what matters in life and grown in ways we otherwise would not have. We can choose to focus on the good things in our lives right now, even if it is just a good meal. Starting there, we can expand our thinking to constantly seek the good in each experience every day.

The global lockdown shifted so much of the way we function, right down to when and where we eat. The prolonged state ofLiving in Freedom living this way, for many of us, completely changed the way we live our lives. Have we become creators of our own limits? With our returning freedom, we get to examine the habits, actions, and experiences we had let go of – perhaps we haven’t truly realized we can once again include them. We also get to see which habits and routines we were forced to let go of that have benefited us as a result.

Now is the time to examine our thoughts and mindset. Are we limiting ourselves in our thoughts by saying no to things that are once again within our grasp? What thoughts have you stopped allowing, perhaps because during the global lockdown, you were no longer associating with certain people or going to certain places that stimulated these thoughts? You get to look at which acquired thought-habits serve you, which thoughts you have let go of and limited yourself as a result, and how you want to expand your thinking again.

Take some time and answer these questions for yourself, whether out loud or in a journal. Using a journal will give you a visual overview of the possibilities before you.

Here is a quick review:

  1. Make a list of the gifts you have gained. Perhaps you have learned new skills, let go of unhealthy habits, changed who you associate with, or redefined what life means to you.
  2. What 3 to 5 good thoughts, experiences or observations can you find today?
  3. What habits or routines did you let go of that have benefited you? What habits or routines have you added into your daily life that have served you?
  4. Are you unconsciously limiting yourself by not doing something just out of habit?
  5. What thoughts do you find yourself thinking each day – do you limit yourself? Do these thought practices expand your being?

Freedom is a gift we can savor. We can choose to focus on the blessing of being in control again, of making plans and knowing that opportunities are waiting for us. Join me this summer in both celebrating the freedom we have gained as a world, and creating freedom in your personal world.

Many Blessings,




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