The Enlightened…Conversations with Santa

The EnlightenedConversations with Santa

Spiral journal with the words give and receive. Arrows point to each

Why Receiving is Giving

Another way of showing love and nurturing self, is to receive. We acknowledge our worth when we receive what is given to us through love. 

Do more of what makes you happy

Nurturing is Breathing

Nurturing is like breathing.  Without breath we cannot live; without nurturing ourselves,

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Mothers come in many different forms. Mother yourself this week by...

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Healing Through Love

Love can be a vehicle to healing.  When we can immerse ourselves

Stones with the printed words inspire, dream, imagine, success, create

Actively Seeking Expansion

Empowerment is a conscious choice we get to make.  We can remain

You are who you decide to become

What do you want your life to look like in a years’

You are your own brand

Living Your Uniqueness.

We are conditioned as children to fit into the mold created by

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Rebirth, Renew, Refresh

Rebirth is a process that, while slow, will lead to predictable changes. 

Who do I want to be?

Spring Rebirth

Like the earth, we can use this coming of Spring to rebirth

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