Planting Seeds

As we move into Spring and observe the nature around us, we see the new growth, the flowers blooming, leaves turning green, and new life springing up everywhere. We can bring this back into our own lives.

Each day we plant seeds, and over time these seed become physical manifestations.   You have planted seeds of things that you want, things you have been thinking about that may be the beginning of an idea, and those things that call to you.

Identifying the things we have been thinking about, wishing for, and have already planted seeds for, let’s  see how far we have come and if we are still moving in a direction we wish to go.  If we don’t pause and take a look at these things, we get swept up in the flow of daily life, with months passing by, and having no idea if our life is going where we want it to.    By taking stock, we get to see if the path we are on is the one we want to be on, or if it is time to change direction.

Pause and look at the seeds you have planted and those you still hold in your hand.Daisies in various stages of growth from seed to flower on a green background with yellow flowers hanging from above

The seeds you have planted:

Every day we plant seeds. Look for seeds you have planted already – those things that you set in motion before but you have not paused to see their growth.  You may have started studying or learning new skills, had a career or relationship change, or begun working on your dream.  Think about the things you have planted in the past and take time to look for the evidence of their appearance in your life.  Feed the things that are serving you and watch them grow.

The seeds you hold that are the beginning of an idea:

Make a list of those things that were simply thoughts but you didn’t act on them. Look closely at this list – there may only be one thing on this list.  Spend time with this idea.  Bring it to life.  If this idea was a reality right now, what would it look like? Who would be in this picture?  What would you see if you took a walk in this space and looked around?  Does this vision excite you?  If so, it is time to plant the seed.  Start by writing down the vision you experienced and work backwards to the beginning.  What can you do to get the ball rolling on this idea?  You don’t need to go full out if you are not ready, but starting with one small step signals the Universe/Source/God/Goddess that you ready to birth the dream.  The people and things you need for this dream begin to move towards you. 

The birth of new ideas:

Free your mind of the constraints of your present reality and write down all the things you have been thinking about and wishing for.  Did any of these things make the lists above?  If not, a new idea has been born.  Nurture this idea – think about what seeds you can plant and how you can feed this and bring it to life.

Time does not dictate how fast things come to you – your readiness for it is all that matters.  Plant the seeds, examine the seeds you had planted, and notice what you reap.  Allow the seeds you plant to build the life you desire.

What are you planting today? 

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