Summer Fun

The Summer season brings plenty of fun, outdoor activities and experiences.  This summer, I invite you to explore what your version of summer fun is.  We often fall into the habit of doing the same activities each season without checking in to see if they still excite us and bring us joy.  Are you doing those things you think are expected of you such as having gatherings, when you would rather be in nature, experiencing quiet serenity?  Or perhaps it is the other way round – you would like to be spending time with others but have not taken the step to organize this.   Make a decision that this summer you will spend time doing things that bring you joy, feed your Soul and make you feel alive, whatever this looks like for you.   Instead of simply doing what you think is expected, it may surprise you to find that others involved feel the same way and would rather be doing something different.  Summer fun - beach scene with the ocean on the top and at the bottom, beach sand with shells and a starfish

Life is about having fun. When we feel stuck or are going through challenges, the thought of having fun feels ridiculous and even frustrating. When we can learn to find the joy in every moment, we can incrementally shift our lives to a new space.  Finding fun regardless of what is happening in your world, can be a challenge.   Start by focusing on things you are grateful for – look for things that you genuinely feel gratitude for and not things you think you should be grateful for.  Perhaps it is your heartbeat, your breath, the present moment, or something else that is tangible.  As you feel yourself drifting into gratitude, look around you with the intention of finding things that inspire joy.  You will find them.  It may be birdsong, a child’s laughter, or a song that comes on the radio.  Give yourself permission to be in joy, by simply saying, “Living in joy is my birthright and natural state of being.”  You may not believe this, but you begin to activate this feeling within you.  Actively seeking the joy in life brings more joy.  In this way we are able to move past the fear and stuck space, and into a more fulfilling life.

What are you seeking this summer?  At any point we can make a change in our lives – all we need to do is make the choice within that we are ready for something more.  Check and see what you need in your life right now.  Perhaps it is balance, making time for self, seeking a new career path, or you may have a business in mind you have been wanting to create.  Whatever it is that you are seeking, write it down as it would be if it existed.  Can you feel, experience, and really connect to this picture?  Allow the wisdom of your next step to come to you.

Instead of waiting for when you have free time to decide what you would like to do, make a list of summer activities that you find joy in:

  • Things you enjoy doing.
  • Activities you have always wanted to do but haven’t tried yet.
  • Things you enjoyed in the past and have not done in long while – you may find this list has changed too.

Experience the magic of summer by choosing to create a summer just for you – with things you enjoy doing, foods that nurture your body, wearing clothes that feel good to you, and being in the company of people who uplift and support you.

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