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New Year, New Beginnings

It’s the start of a new year, and with this comes new energy. According to society’s traditions, the New Year is a time to make resolutions that we hope we will stick with.  Rather than this being a momentous, once-off occasion, I invite you to embrace the energy that comes with a new year –

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New Year, New Day

The year has just begun and is perhaps already feeling layered.  For some, the start of the year heralds the chance for new beginnings. However, if you are in stuck in place, it may feel heavy.  Maybe there is no significance of the New Year for you – perhaps it is just another day. Many

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Stepping into 2023

In two days’ time, we will find ourselves stepping into a new year. As the New Year dawns, I leave you with this reminder: You made it – you survived this year. You are still here, still breathing. The steady beat of your heart is your reminder that you are alive. You are a survivor,

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New Year’s Blank Slate

The season of winter is a time to be quiet, introspective, and evaluative.  It is a time to let your soul rest as it prepares for the new year.  We have just passed the winter solstice – an opportunity to look within, to listen to the wants and needs of your being, and discover and

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Self-care to feed your soul

When last did you practice the ritual of self- care? What does self-care mean to you? To some is might be making time to meditate or do some yoga.  To others it could be taking time to be quiet and go deep within – finding their truth.  However deep you choose to go, self-care is

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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