Summer Thawing

Summer is here in the northern hemisphere – a time for vacation, family and, perhaps taking a pause.  Summer can be a time for reflection.  Nature has thawed and is unfurling her magnificence – we can too.

Have you taken time to thaw your being?  We often get frozen into daily routines, habits, and practices.    We get into the habit of how we enjoy our free time. What used to be enjoyable might have lost its luster without us noticing. We Sunflower reaching towards a clear blue sky - the words What do you need? are next to itforget to check and see if we still feel the same way about the things we do and the places we go.

Take a vacation from your life by giving yourself the gift of time.  Check and see if your needs are being met:

What is your Soul craving that you put on hold years ago?  Can you explore this again?

If you could do anything today, how would you spend the day? 

Who would you spend more time with, and who would you no longer wish to spend time with?

What new practice can you add, or what current practice can you exchange for a new one?

What one thing would you like to learn – perhaps is it is craft, or taking dance lessons – something that just for you and not to further your career ambitions? 

We are the center of our universe.  While it may not always feel like this, and we often don’t give ourselves the time and resources we need, we are the most pivotal person in our life.  Everyone else around you responds to the way you feel about yourself and your life.  When you are riding high and loving life, everything feels easier.  People you don’t enjoy being around, seem to disappear, and things flow.  When you are feeling down, every moment magnifies all the struggles – life feels harder.  It becomes about getting through the day.

Taking time to meet your needs and reconnecting to your being, raises your vibration and shifts you towards a life you can enjoy.  

Thaw out your being this summer by taking time to reflect on what you want in life and where you would like to go.  Are the things you do daily, moving you towards the future you want?   If not, what micro-shifts can you make in your day, starting today, to move you in that direction?  What one thing can you give yourself to meet your needs this day?

I invite you to take a journey for yourself.  As you plan family vacations and prepare for summer, schedule in some time for self – self-care, self-reflection and healing your being.

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