The Stories we tell ourselves

Our stories can empower us or they can limit us. We can define how we want our stories to play out. Your life is a canvas. Does the picture before you fit who you are, what your beliefs are and what you want? If not, rewrite you story. Change it.

Stories can change. They are based on our beliefs. Our beliefs areheart 741500 640 thoughts we keep thinking. As we change the thoughts we think on any given subject, we alter our belief system. In so doing, we change our stories.

We have the power to recreate our lives in ways that fit who we are. It starts by being more aware of thoughts we think, and the feelings we attach to those thoughts.

Start by paying close attention to your thoughts. As you see a thought come to the surface, ask yourself: Does this thought empower me? Does it feel good? Does it serve me?

If not, how can I make this a better thought?

As you teach yourself to think better thoughts, one thought at a time, you will become more aware of the beliefs you have created.

Be aware of the things you believe such as, “I can’t do that yoga pose, I am not athletic enough”, or “this always happens to me there must be something wrong with me”. That is just a belief that you created from a past experience, and you can change it one thought at a time. You could change it to, “I am not there yet – as I do more yoga, the pose will come.”

Remove the limitations you have placed on yourself by freeing your thoughts and beliefs that you created from past experiences, and shifting the thoughts to better ones each time. This will change the story you created on that subject. As you change each story to a better and more empowering story, you change your life picture.

You get to write your story the way it was always meant to be.

What story would you like to rewrite? Share and let me know.

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