Over the years, I have challenged myself physically, running half-marathons, a full marathon, and even climbing Mount Kilimanjaro (with no hiking experience!) to raise awareness for Parkinson’s disease research. I have also challenged myself mentally, particularly during the years I was pursuing a graduate degree. Reading, research and hours of studying were undeniably difficult, but the life events that were unfolding simultaneously became almost unbearable. During my last year of graduate school, I went through a divorce. It was one of the most stressful experiences I had ever gone through, especially since I was largely responsible for raising a young child. The challenge of writing, illustrating and self-publishing a children’s book, however, is incomparable.
In the process of creating the story—the art and the song—I was graciously given lots of feedback. My book certainly did not fit the profile of a traditional and successful children’s book. Some said it was too long. Others said there was no market for it. And some just didn’t respond at all. But I kept moving forward because stopping was not an option. I knew that this book would find its own way into the hands of those who wanted and needed it, and the journey is something I would not change for the world!
Looking back at my life and all the things I have done, artistically and professionally, I can see how those experiences have served me in this endeavor—but it wasn’t until I began writing The Magical Mindful Day. Suddenly, the dots just started to connect!
Giving birth to this new baby is my little offering of love to counteract the despair I see in the world and on our planet. My offering comes from love, with The Magical Mindful Day—an invitation to fall in love with our planet (like Zen Master Thich Nhat Hanh would say).
Due to my curious nature and since my early teenage years, I have intentionally sought out those teachers and teachings that focus on alleviating the suffering of human beings. Moving to the U.S. at age 24 from El Salvador was not easy. I didn’t know much about anything and knew few people, but I did trust that what unfolded would be in my best interest if I followed my heart. Though I have had my share of difficulties, it has been far more rewarding, leaving me with no doubt that hard work pays off.
My heart bursts with gratitude for the support I have received from the many generous and wise professionals and teachers who have bestowed upon me their knowledge, insight and kindness. And I feel I am a strong vessel to carry our collective message of change for as long as I am alive.
I am also very excited for Earth Day 2018, when I officially launch The Magical Mindful Day! This book is proof of our interconnectedness with every living being on this planet, as it was made possible by countless people and beings. To all of you, including supporters and readers, I offer a bow of reverence and profound appreciation. Let’s all “Be Aware” and Save the Earth!