New Beginnings

With the year just beginning, we can use this time as springboard to creating a 2022 we want to experience

Much is outside our control at this time in our world, yet there is much that we have the power to create in our own lives.

Instead of setting resolutions and then experiencing self-recrimination for not living up to everything we hoped, we can instead develop a toolkit for creating each day.

What if each day was a new beginning to start over – a chance to recreate another new day, and a dayEvery day is a fresh start that is better than the last?  This continual purposeful creation is a way of creating forward momentum toward where you want your life to go.  If your day didn’t go as planned, it’s okay, you can do it over tomorrow.  And if your day went perfectly, you can recreate that perfection tomorrow.  

Start by feeding your being:

What will you give to your body this year? Perhaps it is eating a healthier diet or exercising more.  Choose one thing, then add it to your day – make it a manageable commitment.  For example, if you wish to exercise more, perhaps get a gym membership, paying attention to how many hours a week you can practically commit to exercising.

What will you give to your being this year?   Perhaps this involves making time to meditate each day or listening to someone who inspires and motivates you. Choose a time of day that you can stick to, and feel would have the most impact for you. This could be first thing in the morning.  It might involve getting up a little earlier or replacing an existing morning routine. By creating a fixed time for this, you will find that doing it regularly becomes easy.

What will you give to your mind this year?   This may include reading more, taking course, or doing a mentally inspiring task that you have wanted to do for a while.  Pick a set time and add the activity to your calendar.

If we don’t remember to put ourselves on our calendar, we get lost in our lives.  By adding yourself to your calendar, you practice self-care, and are able to bring the best version of you to those you interact with.

This year, remember to choose YOU in your life. As you plan out each day and week, be sure to include your chosen practices.

What have you added to your day to direct the way it will unfold? Share in the comments.

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