Mindful Moments: How to quiet your mind and renew your energy

We are thinking beings, collecting and collating information all day long.  Our minds are constantly thinking, sorting through data collected, and assessing what needs to happen next. In our busy world today, with so many sensory inputs, we are always switched on and constantly mentally running.  Being in this state adds stress to our nervous system and overall health.

More of than not, we are still replaying old beliefs about ourselves, and deciding our futures based on past experiences.  These old programs are mental clutter we have accumulated, filling us up with old thinking and slowing down the new.  We need to declutter our minds.   Think of your mind like a computer – even machines need to slow down and reset or restart to work better.

Making time for mental rejuvenation will change your daily life.   We give to our physical bodies so we can keep moving through life, and often our emotions get attention because they demand it, but our minds are usually at the bottom of the list. 

Things you can do to recharge your mind:

Healing thoughts:   Focus on thoughts that support the life you want to create.  When old, negative thoughts about yourself come up, push them away and consciously reprogram your mind with a better thought about that subject.

Meditation:  A powerful way to clear the mental clutter and create space in your mind is through meditation.   Many people feel that they cannot meditate as their minds are too busy. Meditation can take many different forms and there is no right way to do it.  The primary goal is to slow your thinking down until you get to a place where you are no longer aware of thoughts.   To get into aA butterfly perched on a stack of grey stones, surrounded by soft sand.  A person sits in meditation in the right corner meditative space, focus on a repetitive sound, the light of candle, or  the rhythm of your physical body.  For example, place your hand over your heart and focus on your heartbeat, shutting out all other sounds,  or take  deep  breaths and, with each inhale and exhale, focus all your attention on the sound of your breath and the movement of your chest.  Start by doing this for just 3 minutes.  If, when you begin, you feel the need to keep checking to see if time is up, set an alarm for the first few times.  As you practice quieting your mind, you will no longer be aware of time, and will comfortably stay in the space until you feel yourself and your mind relax.

Humming:  One cannot think and hum at the same time.  Humming is great way to activate sound, calm the nervous system, slow down thought and recalibrate your being.  Whether you are humming a specific tune or just a monotone sound, all your attention automatically moves to the sound and the action of creating it.  Try is now and see how it feels.

Bumblebee breath: Sit comfortably and allow yourself to relax.  Become aware of your breathing.  Inhale through your nose, and as you exhale through your nose, hum in the back your throat, making the sound of a bumblebee.  This is a great stress release tool and calms the mind and body.  If you are away from home, find any out-of-the-way corner where you can do this breathing exercise to recenter your being.

Clutter-clear your mind and recharge your life with new energy, a calmer body, and a clear mind.

What clears your mental clutter?

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