Nature as a teacher

If you were to embody the qualities of nature, what would they be?  Nature can teach us much on how to move forward in life.

Nature, mountains, rainbow, river, sunrise

Observe the mountain.  See the strength that lies within the mountain – how strong and stalwart the mountain is, immovable against the weather. It allows all things to pass by remaining in its center, despite any chaos around it.

Imagine the sound of the water.  Can you feel that water washing away your stresses and cares?  Can you feel yourself moving with the current, floating along and releasing the debris that no longer serves you?

Look at the beautiful rainbow.  See the colors shining a vibrancy and joy on all who gaze upon it.  Can you be a rainbow for yourself and others?   Can you freely share your light with all the lives you interact with? 

Look at the sunrise – the dawning of a new day.  Each day the sun rises and touches the earth, washing it in bright new light, and each thing is lit anew. Will you allow each new day to begin with renewing you? Are you open to let go of the past hurts and the feelings you have attached to those past hurts, like guilt, and shame? 

Just as all beings get a chance to renew themselves with the dawn of each new day, so do you. You can start from this moment and decide what direction you want your life to take.   Despite what your past may encompass, your future is a blank slate and how you choose to write it from this moment on, is the direction it will take.

Look outside your window now?  What qualities do you see in nature that you can embody? 

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