Reflect and Renew

Life is constantly busy and, as we settle into our routines and responsibilities, days seem flow into each other, blending into weeks and months.  In business, taking stock ever so often is recognized as good business practice.  We do this for our own careers when seeking a promotion or growing our own businesses, looking at what our next step needs to be.   But often, our personal beings get neglected.

Taking stock of ourselves can be scary – what if we don’t like what we see, or realize that we are further than we think from our dreams?  The flip side is, no matter what, change will come to our lives.  We can choose that change on our own terms, or wait for it to unexpectedly appear.  For example, if we haven’t taken stock of our eating habits and health, and we ignore the little messages we get form our bodies, we suddenly end up dealing with a more serious situation.  Making time to check in saves us from having to scramble later.  It also creates time to change the path we are on and move in a direction that takes us closer to our dreams.

This is a time for reflection and renewal.

Taking time to reflect on how far we have come can be an eye-opening experience.Pause Reflect Blog 1 June 2024  Often, if we have been making changes and have become adapted to these changes, we don’t notice the results unless we take time to check in.  As we actively look at where we were a year ago, and look at the results now, we get to see how much of an impact our changes, whether good or poor, have had.  We also get to see the power of micro-shifts in redirecting our paths. We get to notice those things in our lives that are working, as well as the areas we want to shift.

It is time to renew your being, taking time to be with yourself and reconnect to who you are at your core.  Creating this pause allows you to feel refreshed, reconnect to your purpose, and step back into your life from a place of wholeness.

Pause and reflect:

Set aside time where you can be alone in a comfortable space.  Set up your environment in a way that feels good to you.  This could be playing music, burning candles or diffusing essential oils.  Sit comfortably and take deep breaths, allowing your body to relax and disconnect from your external environment.  Now, in this relaxed state, open your journal, ask yourself the following questions and let the answers come to you:

·       How have I surprised myself this year?

·       What exciting things have come my way? 

·       What change do I want in my life and where? What do I need to make this happen?

·       What successes have I had that I may not realize? 

When given the space, our thoughts trigger other like thoughts – as we ask ourselves these questions, our minds seek the moments that fit.  Our hearts hold the answers to that which is not reality yet. Pause, reflect on how far you have come, then celebrate the good, and allow yourself to know that anything you want to change can be done in micro-shifts.

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