Spring Rebirth

Like the earth, we can use this coming of Spring to rebirth ourselves.  The advent of the new year brings pressure to change, and by the time April rolls around, many of us feel frustrated with ourselves for not implementing those wishes.  Spring brings an opportunity to reset – to begin anew without all the societal pressure of a new year.

We can use this time to birth the version of ourselves we want to be.  We get to identify who we want to be this season.

If you could embrace one aspect of your personality to the fullest, what would that be?Who do I want to be?  Perhaps you are introverted but within, you have another side with much to share with the world.  This would mean stepping out of your comfort zone, being in the public light, and embracing this side of yourself. 

Perhaps you have been silenced by those around you.  You may wish to step out of that space and live your truth.  What would this look like for you?

In your journal, write 3 aspects of your personality you would like to embrace more if there was no judgement or limiting beliefs preventing you from doing this.

Is there a dream burning in your heart that you wish to bring to life?   Maybe there is a part of you that you have never shared with anyone.  Is there someone safe in your life you can share this with?  If not, can you fully express it in your journal right now.

This moment is your time to choose the life you want to live.  It is your chance to build your identity one step at a time – an identity built from your truths, and not the external, sometimes well-meaning, cultural and societal influences.   

Who do you want to be?

What do you want each day to look like?

Who do you want to interact with more in your life?

Yes, rebirth means stepping out of our comfort zones.  For some of us, it might mean taking a mighty leap into the unknown, which is terrifying.  In this case, start by taking a single baby step such as just writing what you want your identity to be. This is a great start.  From there you can choose one aspect to focus on, and share with one person who allows you to feel safe, secure, and able to express yourself.  If you do not have a person like that, go to a mirror and express yourself to that beautiful soul looking back at you in the comfort of your own space. 

Release your true self to the world, and the people who are right for you will come into your world.  It may not seem true but when you take a single step towards embracing your truth, the Universe/Source/God steps with you.  This creates momentum that brings your tribe to you.

What part of yourself do you wish to embrace?  Email me and let me support you in this journey.

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