Get the drumbeat going and chant your divinity. You will be amazed how saying this chant out loud as you leave the house or get up in the morning or take a break at work…can change your mood, make you happy, and let your empowerment flow…just knowing you are DIVINE…no matter what the situation you are in…will help you FEEL the power of your own divinity!!!
Now, let’s get LOUD and CHANT our DIVINITY to the stars and skies above. They are truly listening!!! Go ahead, reclaim your divinity. las posibilidades son infinitas!!!Con un pan y cafecito Seguimos adelante Zulmara Maria
Having taken part in the first week of the Deepak and Oprah meditation challenge, I must say that I am feeling the effects of inner peace, love, and abundance. I am lovin this mediation challenge and feeling like I just want to laugh, smile, and sing in my divinity.
Yesterday, a friend, Melinda, posted: Our colonizers made us forget our divine nature but we are remembering, and the thougth just stayed with me and resonated all day. Yes, we are remembering and I have to ask, what does that remembering mean to you?
To me it means that I know I am a divine being, here for a purpose, that abundance is my birthright and I stand tall before my friends and family, inspiring them to go within and capture the divine that is a part of who they are.Con un pan y cafecito, Seguimos adelante, Zulmara Maria
Latinologues Alive and Well in Boyle Heights
Rick Najera opened at CASA 0101 in Boyle Heights on Friday, April 11, 2014 to a full house of eager theatre goers who were excited about seeing this one man show–and he did deliver– to a standing ovation, as only Rick could. In this beautiful gem hidden away in Boyle Heights amid the stunning artwork of Rick Ortega, Rick delivered a Broadway quality performance in the ‘hood. Not the Latinologues of Buford Gomez, but Almost White by Rick Najera.
He read from his book, told stories from his childhood, his past, and his present. He took us on a walk down memory lane, that was both funny, moving, theatrical, and lyrical. As Rick got into storytelling mode, he not only regaled us with his voice, his mannerisms, and his way of connecting with the audience, but also with a series of technological sound effects, videos, pictures, and visuals that made his stories come alive.
We were there with him in the recovery room when he was in a coma, we were there when he received a phone call from the madrina of Latinas in Hollywood called to wish him well, we were there when he began opening his eyes, first coming to, and then making a recovery. We were there In Living Color with Eddie Olmos, we were there when the baseball broke the window.
The show is a beautifully orchestrated cacophony of sights, sounds, laughter, tears, and moments of silence and reflection. What Rick does so well is use comedy to make a “punto de reflexion” for the audience and he has the delivery down, masterfully using this technique to give one pause. One minute you are laughing at a joke about speaking Spanish and the next, wondering how could a whole generations have been so easily and quickly stripped of their language? The show will make you think…about what it means to be Latino, Mexican-American, Cubano-Americano, Puerto Rican, African-American and “almost white, but not quite…in these United States today.
The show is family friendly and Rick is doing a Q&A after the show, giving audiences a chance to ask him questions about the show, his life, Hollywood, and what happens to Latinos in Hollywood. He can answer the age old question, “Why do not see more Latinos in Hollywood portrayed as doctors, lawyers, engineers? Why don’t we see powerful and courageous role models among the Latinos in Hollywood?
Overall, this is a must see show that has a lot to offer. It will be playing:
Friday, April 25 at 8pm /Saturday, April 26 at 8pm /Sunday, April 27 at 5pm
Tickets $19.99 and are available HERE.
Do yourself a favor, grab a comadre or compadre or two, or three or four and go treat yourself to a night at the theatre. You will not be disappointed. Rick delivers as he has always done and makes Latinos in Hollywood proud!!!Con un pan y cafecito Seguimos Adelante, Zulmara Maria
So you have decided you want to try meditation but your mind is constantly wandering and you can’t figure out how to get it back. I have learned 3 things as a wandering mind meditator who now craves meditative time:
- It is ok to let your mind wander, that is the inner tension, the inner chatter that needs to be released, listen to it, embrace it, and then let it go ( or not, sometimes, the chatter just needs to be heard).
- Use a mantra when you want to bring your mind back–I used, “I am safe, I am loved” and I would try to repeat it 10 times before the chatter started again. I am safe as I breathe in and I am loved as I breath out.
- As you get used to breathing, use a breathing guide to keep you centered…I like the following 9 guides, they keep me centered on my big picture goals and what I want to attract into my life in terms of health, abundance, and relationships.
For health, I repeat:
- Breath in life, breath out toxins
- Breath in energy, breath out sluggishness
- Breath in health, breath out sickness
For abundance, I repeat:
- Breath in light, breath out dark
- Breath in harmony, breath out disharmony
- Breath in success, breath out failure
For relationships, I repeat:
- Breath in abundance, breath out scarcity
- Breath in love, breath out angst
- Breath in peace, breath out chaos
Try repeating one, two or three of these as you meditate and start with a count of 10, I guarantee you will be surprised at how hard it is to get to 10 before your mind wanders, just acknowledge the wandering and start counting at one again. Do this enough times and you will get to 10. ONce you get to 10, add another phrase. It can be one of the ones I have shared above, or one that you make up. Just remember, breath in/breath out–breath in/breath out–breath in/breath out. And watch your manifestations go into overdrive.
I will admit it did not happen overnight, but letting your mind wander is how you learn how to eventually quiet your mind. The chatter is not bad, just letting you know that you need to let it run its course and then you will be ready for the powers of meditation to take hold.Con un pan y cafecito Seguimos adelante Zulmara Maria
How do you get addicted to meditation?
You start meditating everyday and soon you will find yourself craving that time to go inside and be silent.
Today starts the FREE 21 day meditation from Deepak Chopra and Oprah Winfrey. I have signed up and I am looking forward to it. I have found meditation to be almost addictive to me and I am craving time to go within. However, there was time I could not meditate because my mind was too wired and going at such a fast pace, I did not know how to quiet my mind, so meditating was not for me. Then I started doing Leela on the Wii and it is fantastic. Now I crave meditations and I totally look forward to my meditation time. I am finding that I need that time alone, to go inside and to get still and I have noticed my flow and my energy. I am vibrating my energy and flow all day long.
So give this free 21 meditation a try, you might find that it is just what your Divine Self ordered!!!
A Daily Hug to Start Your Day with a SMILE!!!
You know that little voice in your head that talks to you daily and constantly? That little voice that gives you advice? Puts a smile on your face? And lets you know just how AWESOME you are?
Well, how would you like to receive a positive affirmation from that little voice in your head daily in your email as a virtual ABRAZO?? An ABRAZO that will make you feel good, put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step? An ABRAZO that is FREE, but can have the same impact as wearing a new pair of shoes? A cute top? Or a breezy outfit?
Now they are here, those wonderful little ABRAZOS and they are ready for you to subscribe to, so do yourself a favor and get a fun pick-me-up in your daily email, letting you know that you are AWESOMENESS itself, that you are SAFE, that you are LOVED, and that you ROCK this world.
Bask in your divinity and DISFRUTA!!!
Here a few samples to make you SMILE!!!
- Go out, give it a whirl, dance life’s dance…the rewards will exceed your expectations!!!
- Dance life’s dance, sing life’s song, whisper life’s miracles…You will be AMAZED…
- Seek and ye shall find, Ask and it is given, I am at your service.
- Remember, it is impossible to fail, I got your back.
- Who are you going to touch with your life’s magic today?
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How would you like to receive a Daily Abrazo? A Daily Hug? From your Divine Self? That little voice in your head that let’s you know just how DIVINELY AWESOME you are!!!
These ABRAZOS will lift your spirit, make you smile, and let you know that you are loved, awesome, and divinely AWESOME.
Do yourself a favor and sign up for these daily ABRAZOS today and start your day with a smile on your face and a spring in your step.
Here are a weeks worth of ABRAZOS to keep you smiling all day:
- Your divine self knows, just ask the answer awaits.
Un abrazo, Your Divine Self
- Dip in your toes, it is not too cold, it is not too hot, it is just perfect (since I am always by your side)
Un abrazo, Your Divine Self
- Know your worth, give yourself a pat on the back, you are Divine…
Un abrazo, Your Divine Self
- You have risen from the ashes, you have arrived, you are divine, embrace it.
Un abrazo, Your Divine Self
- You are programmed, inclined, and wired to succeed, YOU CANNOT FAIL…now go out there and reclaim your divinity…
Un abrazo, Your Divine Self
Now go sign up for your ABRAZOS and have a GREATLY DIVINE DAY!!!Con un pan y cafecito, Seguimos Adelante, Zulmara Maria
In this critically acclaimed comedic memoir, Rick Najera tells the story of being a Latino in Hollywood and what it takes to be Latino, a hyphenated American, and to make it in Hollywood. With humor, with candor, and with an honesty that comes from those who have stared death in the eye and beaten it, Rick’s book is a raw look at growing up Almost White, not quite brown, and not black in America. He recalls his stories, his childhood, his ancestors, and his experiences growing up in La Mesa, California. He recalls what is expected of you in terms of compromises, selling your soul, holding onto your soul, and in the end, being who you are.
Rick shares with us how to make it in Hollywood as a Latino and still keep your Latinidad, still keep your spirit, still make your grandfather proud. This book is a must read for all Latinos searching for identity, searching for who they are, and wondering about how to make a difference. In these pages, Rick lets us see how he chose to make a difference, stand up for himself, and be the person his parents and grandparents could be fiercely proud of.
This now AWESOME book is being made into a stage production by Gina Linn Espinoza. As the founder and UpLatino, she is dedicated to bringing the Latino/a story to life and weaving them into mainstream American life. She wants others to know and understand what it means to be Latino in the United States today. She wants to tell our stories for other Latinos/as to see themselves on stage and on the big screen and for mainstream America to see who we are and understand our history as well.
When Gina Linn asked Rick to be her “first” project and to take this event nationwide, he replied, “…when a Latina asks you to do something, you better do it.”
Now, let’s do this and help Gina Linn and Rick raise the funds they need for this AWESOME opportunity. They open Friday, April 11, 2014 at CASA 101. Here is their Indiegogo Campaign link for a donation. They are asking that we buy them a cup or coffee or a drink!!!Con un pan y cafecito, Seguimos Adelante, Zulmara Maria
Latina Women: 150 Vidas of Passion, Strength, and Success
by Sylvia Mendoza
Reclaiming Your Divinity Book Awards
Written by Latinas for Everyone
Opening Line: The book of Latina Women celebrates stories of the spirit and the resiliency of Latinas who contributions have shaped history.
Quote: Though the term Latina is relatively new, the spirit that goes with it carries an important legacy. For centuries, Latina women have inspired us beyond words. Their actions have sparked great change and their spirit has made its mark on our contemporary world (p. Introduction Mendoza)
Review: This book is a testament to the power, strength, and diversity of Latinas who have made a difference in the world, who have lived their purpose, who have lived their dreams. Many of them were trailblazers in their fields and braved a path for those of us who were to come behind. These women make us proud to be Latinas, to be women, to be taking our place in our world.
Their stories will make you jump for joy and laugh out loud (lol), they will bring tears to your eyes and they will h
- The book is divided into 11 chapters that cover up the multitude of different ways we can contribute to society. Where do you place yourself?
- Read over the taglines in the chapter headings, which ones resonate with your regardless of the professional association?
- How would you define the “spirit of Latinas?” What is unique about Latinas?
- Many who read this book walk away feeling, “Wow, I am so proud to be a Latina!” Did you walk away with that feeling? Why?
- Of the 150 Latinas in the book, who impressed you the most? Who surprised you the most?
- If you could have dinner with one of the Latinas in this book, who would you choose and why? What are the three questions you’d like to ask them over dinner?
- Is there a young Latina you would like to gift this book to? If so, who and why?
- How did the Latinas in this book speak to your heart? Which ones inspired you? Which ones do you see as role models? Which ones do you look up to?
- Look over the extended bibliography at the end of the book and make a note of how many Latinas you recognize and how many of their works you are familiar with. Who would you add to the list?
About the Author: Sylvia Mendoza
Sylvia Mendoza is an advocate for literacy. She promotes the power of the written word through her writing, editing and speaking projects. As a journalist, Sylvia Mendoza is the author of The Book of Latina Women: 150 Vidas (Lives) of Passion, Strength and Success, an important historic perspective on Latino women who have made significant contributions in the arts, politics, science, entertainment, sports, education, and history. The book was selected for the 2007 California Collection for High Schools by the California Readers Association.
As a freelance writer, Sylvia served as parenting columnist for Siempre Mujer magazine. Articles have appeared in Hispanic Outlook, Uptown, OurCity San Diego, Los Angeles Times, San Diego Union-Tribune, Writers’ Journal, San Diego Writers’ Monthly, Decor & Style, Living Better, Kids’ Wall Street News, and Hispanic. Awards for Journalistic Excellence include First Place for Non-Daily Reporting & Writing/Multicultural Stories from the Society of Professional Journalists and First Place, Non-fiction from National Federation of Press Women for The Book of Latina Women.Listen to the Podcast HERE. Con un pan y cafecito, Seguimos Adelante Zulmara Maria
Divorce Your Drama: Courage to Make the Tough Choice That are Worth Every Tear by Francesca Escoto
Powerful Books to Feed Your Soul, Nourish Your Spirit, and Inspire Your Heartsong:
Reclaiming Your Divinity Book Awards
Written by Latinas for Everyone
Opening Line: I was born in the Dominican Republic in 1976.
Quote: This book is really about my own journey to peel the layers of all I learned at the dining table, and an attempt to keep the good stuff to create a foundation on which I can re-learn how to nurture intimate, family relationships.
I pray that this book will help you find meaningful ways to celebrate the past, your family of origin and the drama, without feeling stuck. I pray that this book will give you permission to create new traditions, new relationships, and healthy families. I pray that you will find creative ways to live today, with freedom (p. 11).
Francesca Escoto-Zavala has written a remarkable book, Divorce from the Drama to help us get the drama out of our lives and start living the life we were meant to live, have dreamed of living, know is ours to engage in. she opens with what she has learned from her own family traditions and ways of growing up, and how that has influenced the person she has become.
She has us start understanding the different prototypes of characters who play a role in our lives and how we respond to these characters. She appropriately calls them the noverleras, the cast of characters in our own novellas. They are the people who cross our path with their own need for drama and, can succeed at sucking us into their drama in a never ending cycle of stress and distress. Especially if we are unaware of how their way of being, interacts with our own need for drama and perpetrates and maintains that level of drama.
However, divorcing the drama does not begin and end with understanding others and their need for drama in our lives and theirs, but it begins with knowing and understanding ourselves and making a conscious decision to no longer feed the drama, no longer live on the adrenaline of stress, and to no longer blame others for all that is happening in our lives. It is about owning our stuff and not letting it own us, it is about knowing who we are and what we are about, so that we can live the message, have the life, pursue the dream of what we want and who we are.
There are no accidents and “things” do not happen to us in a vacuum. If you find your life spinning out of control, not satisfying, needing something more, maybe it is time to divorce the drama, and get on with living the life you were meant to live.
- When you read the title, what do you think the book will be about?
- Did the book title live up to your expectations?
- In ACT 2, the author suggests you face the drama and she describes different ways of being. Who did you identify with? Why? Who else did you identify in the noveleras?
- Have you downloaded the Divorce Your Drama Workbook, if so, what did you think of the exercises? If not, please go download the book and do some of the exercises, they are very helpful. http://francescaescoto.com/dramaworkbook/
- Do you own your stuff or does your stuff own you?
- Do you have drama to divorce? How are you planning on divorcing your drama?
- Have you understood your purpose? Are you living your passion?
- What is your message? How can you better live your message?
- Who do you need to divorce in order to make your dreams come true?
Francesca Escoto is an author, motivational speaker, coach, and radio host. Her first book, “Divorce Your Own Drama: Courage To Make The Tough Choices That Are Worth Every Tear”, was born out of a desire to encourage and empower mujeres to live courageously, embracing the beauty of womanhood and the power of personal choice. This book was the result of having to make many personal sacrifices in order to break out of dysfunctional family patterns.
Francesca is an avid writer (and speaker) on topics of social change, and her work can be accessed on this website via her blog. In addition, she writes for YourTango.com, a site dedicated to helping individuals get the professional help they need to nurture their marriages and relationships. Her blog articles have been featured by YourTango, Huffington Post, and Fox News Magazine, among others.
Francesca is currently working on a series of eBooks and workshops, “Nuts and Bolts for Latina Start-Ups”, which will aide entrepreneurs in the growth of their businesses. Her year-round Innovators Institute is based on this series.Listen to the Podcast HERE. Con un pan y cafecito, Seguimos Adelante Zulmara Maria