Retreat to reconnect to self!

Holidays are coming up and I’d like to share with you an opportunity for a wonderful gift for you to reconnect to self.
Check out the video below and then schedule a stress less session with me by clicking here and let’s discuss it over the phone.
For local Miamians please check out my upcoming events this month. I’ll have the Stress Less Sunday Natural Wellness Clinic on November 19 with facial care expert, Katia Sandoval talking about how stress affects your body. I’ll be creating a Facebook Live on Gables Optimal Health at 5:30 pm so check it out then.
Then let’s embrace gratitude through Journey Dance on November 30 at Luna Bohemia in Pinecrest.
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.
Love and light,

Paty, La Mariposa, Hernández

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My Recent Trip To Cuba

Earlier this year I set the intention to travel to Cuba again. I traveled there for the first time in 2006 on my own for 6 weeks to see it through my eyes and understand it for myself. My parents, both born and raised in Cuba yet met and married in Puerto Rico left their country at different times but for the same reason, to leave a dictatorship that took away their democratic way of life. They each suffered in various ways, my mom watched her father’s business taken away from him and then forced to work within his own shop as a state employee. My father saw many of his friends, including his brother arrested for protesting their civil liberties then each one leave the country.
Growing up in Miami I heard numerous stories of devastation and sadness about a country they loved that was taken over by a man they grew to hate which led to disgust for Cuba. However, I wanted to learn about the people, the food, and the music that I grew up with in my bi-cultural home.  Traveling in Cuba for the first time was an amazing and enriching experience. I vowed to return.
So, this year I stated it was time. I reached out to people and other resources but found it challenging so I turned it over to Spirit. Then in October, my birthday month, I received an email from a colleague announcing a fundraiser for an upcoming trip to Cuba. I almost fell off my chair. I immediately reached out to the organization to apply and was approved within a day.
 Within two weeks I was able to raise over $1100 out of $1500 which covered my flight, lodging, and food while in Cuba. I also used monetary donations to take over 50 pounds of much needed supplies. From October 25-30 I volunteered with Cuba One, a non-profit founded by Cuban Americans, and numerous others to assist Cubans with donations of toiletries, bedding, over-the-counter medicine, and much more as they focused on recuperating from Hurricane Irma, a category 5 hurricane that battered many small communities along the coast.
Being in Cuba and helping however I could was moving and inspiring. Yet, the hope and dedication the communities had of coming together to help one another was incredible. It shows how in spite of any crisis situation the human spirit is stronger and can overcome anything. Spending those days in Cuba with a group of other like-minded individuals was one of the best birthday gifts I’ve ever received and I’m thankful to all those who helped me make it possible.
CubaOne representatives will continue to provide support and material to the Cubans after this trip. They’ll be returning in a few months to view the work we did and continue projects we started. If you can continue to assist with a monetary donation, which is tax deductible, rest assured the money will go straight to the communities that have been affected by the hurricane. Donate now by clicking here.
Explaining OTC meds to an elderly woman
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Ophelia with her new bed and sheets, her bed was moldy and house almost collapsed
Ophelia with her new bed and sheets
Helping rebuild a community center in Bolivia
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Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.
Love and light,

Paty, La Mariposa, Hernández

Staying calm when overwhelmed.

Last week I shared with you all the activities that I put forth in October (launching Reiki Refresher, opening the monthly Natural Wellness Clinic, and fundraising for my trip to Cuba). I really underestimated the time and effort it would take to launch each event and activity.
Has that ever happened to you?
However, I know I couldn’t have done any of them without the support of people I had collaborated with.
First, I want to thank Libby for saying yes to the Reiki Refresher course. We’ve now been in the program for 4 days and having so much fun. It’s a small intimate group and we’re all learning from one another. Now, we’re planning for a retreat in Nicaragua next year.
The Natural Wellness Clinic launched successfully due to the effort of numerous practitioners, vendors, and of course the Gables Optimal Health staff. The turnout was small yet the connections made and services received were so beneficial to all. Most of all the people leaving the clinic and meditation commented how great and relaxed they felt. That was music to my ears. I feel so blessed to have been guided to offer that. Next event will be November 19 (flyer below).
I’m especially thankful to my mastermind business group and Worldventures mentors for encouraging to follow my love of traveling and adding a freedom based business to my life.
Of course, there were many times I felt overwhelmed and honestly wanted to give up. Yet whenever I felt the urge to walk away from my computer or project I made a deal with myself. I identified a task I really wanted to complete that day and then identified the time to do it. I would take a break, make meals, go for a walk, call a friend, or whatever just to change subjects. However, I always came back and completed that task.
Talking it out to myself or others out is one way I handle overwhelm because as I say the words that I’ve been thinking I realize the issue is not as troubling or answer my own questions. I also take fun breaks to do what I truly want to enjoy and then come back to my activity. I also recite the Reiki principles and offer myself some self-Reiki.
For those of you in an office setting, I suggest you take a 5 minute break and wander outside or away from your desk. Go talk to someone, distract yourself, and then return to your activity. I would also encourage you to practice self-reiki or the inner ease technique.
What is another way you focus on reducing overwhelm?
Feeling frustrated and overwhelmed is natural, yet having a set of handy self-care tools will assist you in releasing the stress naturally.
For more stress less tips, join me every Wednesday morning at 9am, for my stress less tip of the day in our public Our Wheels of Life Facebook group.
Pass this blog along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.

Love and light,

Paty, La Mariposa, Hernández

My imperfect actions.

For years I’ve struggled with feeling worthy and confident. I remember my childhood spending more time behind books than talking to people because I believed they would laugh at me. There were many times I was made fun of at school and never understood why so I kept to myself because it hurt less.
Yet when I was called upon to speak in front of others, I especially recall how physically sick and nervous I felt. However, as I entered my early 20s I pushed myself through it because I felt a calling to teach and speak in front of groups, yet unsure how that would come about at the time.
My biggest test for public speaking came when I recently arrived to my new Peace Corps community in El Salvador. In their culture when they have a big announcement (which I was) they would often gather together in large groups as a way to be seen. So, true to their custom they had gathered the community (and people from surrounding areas) to meet me. I had no idea what to expect and before I knew it I was surrounded by hundreds of people all staring at me, curious as to who I was and why I was in their country. I somehow gathered my wits together and words streamed out of my mouth. It was quite a high actually and I enjoyed it.
From then on I placed myself in front of groups of all sizes as much as I could. Once I returned to the US for graduate school I continued this practice by enrolling in numerous students groups and managing opportunities to speak publicly.
Although I still become nervous from time to time I push myself through my doubts and fears as I know my message is stronger. Thank goodness because I’ve since been teaching self-care techniques like Reiki and meditation to groups of all sizes which is part of my passion.
Sometimes I stand in front of others with my mind blank and my heart full of trust, as words flow out on their own.
I’ve made so many mistakes and learned so much along my path as an entrepreneur. These experiences encourage me to continue on my path of self-healing and sharing my gifts with you and many others. It is through my challenges that I share with you what I’ve accepted so you stumble less or at least feel supported so you don’t fall as hard.
It all begins with trust and taking imperfect action. This month highlights my numerous ways of imperfect action and intention setting that has manifested itself.
I’ll highlight the main ones below because I’m so proud of myself yet also know never to do this much in a single month again. Ha ha!! Lesson learned, hopefully.
I have to admit that as busy as I appear to be I also have taken more time for myself by doing activities with friends and family as I really celebrate each moment.
I admit I put too much on my plate this month because I didn’t really understand all the work it entailed. However, I don’t regret it because I’m taking action instead of waiting on the idea that it has to be perfect.
The lessons learned and the people I’ve met who’ve helped me along this journey, plus those I’ve shared these experiences with are so worth it.
I want to encourage you that wherever you are in life, if there’s an activity that you want to accomplish but hesitant then do it anyways. Waiting for perfection will have you on the sidelines rather than on the field running around like mad.
I know what it’s like to do things on your own and it’s hard to really move forward unless you have someone cheering you on. So I’d like to offer you a chance to share it with me and together we can create a plan to move forward with at least one goal in your life with a complimentary stress less phone session.
I know I’ve pushed through this because I’ve had people encouraging me along the way. I want to offer the same for you.
Click here to book your remote session today.
October (Birthday month highlights)
October 12, Celebrating my birthday at my friend’s concert in Miami (fun and dancing)
October 15Reiki 2 en Espanol
October 22, I will host the Natural Wellness Clinic, bringing holistic practitioners and vendors to Coral Gables for a monthly Stress Less Sunday followed by a meditation lecture and practice​​​​​​​
October 23, I will launch a new online program called Advanced Reiki Refresher with my best friend Libby of Essential You Yoga. It’s been a dream I’ve had for a couple of years and this year I made it reality.
October 25-30, my intention of going to Cuba to learn and offer service work has manifested through CubaOne’s relief mission.
Pass this blog along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.

Love and light,

Paty, La Mariposa, Hernández

Lessons learned from Hurricane Irma

Hurricane Irma is now going in the history books as the most bizarre storm in this century. She was completely unpredictable, enormous, and catastrophic for many in her path.
South Florida and then the entire state, Georgia, and the Carolinas braced for what was assumed to be the worst catastrophe because of her status as a Category 5. Some even stated she was a category 6 at one point.
The storm for many triggered memories of past hurricanes, like Hurricane Andrew 25 years ago, fears of the unknown, panic, and much more. Yet, for all the hype of how horrible it was going to be, many people came together to pray, volunteer, and help one another.
Yes, I know the news focused on the scariest moments yet social media focused on the community support. Until power went out and charging my cell phone became more problematic, I was able to keep track of the hurricane, resources, and support systems via social media.
I would post messages of hope, led prayer circles, and stayed in contact with loved ones.
For me, this hurricane brought a renewed sense of community, support, and faith. Even though I’m still without power I’m so grateful for so much. Also, without internet or tv I’ve had more time to sit back and process this entire experience has been like for me.
Hurricane Irma Lessons learned
  • Group prayer can shift storms if it’s in the highest good​​​​​​​
  • Daily self-Reiki helps me to remain calm even during the most critical times
  • Listening to my intuition and staying in Miami was a positive choice
  • Feeling over prepared is a much better feeling than underprepared
  • Releasing worry and trusting the universe to provide has been positive
  • Living without power is so much better than being without food or water
  • Communities grow stronger after a crisis
  • Self-care is important during storms such as taking time outs, going for walks, self-reiki, and listening to calming music
  • Being with my family was the best gift during this storm
  • Think about ways to be the least stressed and take action
  • Focus on moment to moment situations that I can control and release the rest
  • Be more mindful of my words, especially if I start to complain
  • Find ways to assist others even if it’s just to send a kind text or message
  • Appreciate the luxuries I do have and that others offer, such as external batteries to watch a movie, beer offers
  • Stay outside more to meet my neighbors and engage in small talk
  • Reschedule people and events if feelings of stress begin to rise
  • Offer support through messages, Facebook lives, and free resources, such as www.heartmath.com/freeresources for emotional support
  • I still believe that everything happens for a reason, even if I or we don’t always know what that is at the time
Since Irma I’ve been riding my bike and walking places more because I honestly don’t want to spend time waiting in lines for gas. The heat has absorbed some of my hunger so I’m eating less and smarter.
This weekend I’ll be volunteering my time in Homestead to help clean up the debris that has affected the area. I won’t be able to head all the way down to the keys or leave the country as of this moment but I am finding ways to give back locally.
If you were impacted by Hurricane Irma in any way please respond to this email about lessons learned or any experience.
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.
Love and light,

Paty, La Mariposa, Hernández

From vision to reality!

I’ve always been a very creative person which is a blessing and also a challenge, which as a business owner this can be awesome or detrimental.

Finding a balance involves taking small steps towards any direction and pushing through fear that comes sneaking up. This also entails asking others for help and to be held accountable so I don’t b.s. my way out of it.
Can you relate to this?  

The fear I face numerous times about moving forward such as following up with potential clients or networking is because I fear rejection. I know it stems from childhood when I would be rejected for asking my wants in various ways.

This is a constant battle and one I face on a daily basis. I often give myself pep talks in order to move through the fear and once I do I am gifted with a new client or confirmation that I did the right thing.

My intention when I began Mariposas Holistic Healing in 2013 was to create a healing center where people can come and receive a variety of wellness services. I’ve had the fortunate opportunity of working in 3 different wellness center, 1 in New Mexico and 2 in Miami, one of which I’m still a practitioner in. I still have my vision of establishing my own center yet for now I’m content renting space others have. I’m thankful for each center as they have shown me different ways of working with other practitioners and within the center itself.

I primarily sought the centers so I can have a room to work out of. As I began to teach Reiki I knew that the center I would work in had to have a teaching space, which is what brought me to Gables Optimal Health Wellness Center where I now work and teach out of. Last year  I was inspired by Sheri Kaplan, founder of the Holistic Fair and Wellness Clinic in Hollywood and finally had the opportunity to participate. This year I spent about 2 months traveling up to Hollywood and offered my chakra balancing services in the clinic. It was a wonderful experience yet honestly I stopped attending because I was tired of the commute.

So, I thought about how I can manifest it in Miami. This idea has been brewing for many months until finally I took action and began to co-create it with my colleague and fellow practitioner Lina Collazos.

I’m so excited to announce that on September 7 we are having our grand opening of our Natural Wellness Clinic which will be offered 2x a month in Coral Gables.
I share this with you, especially those out of Miami, because I encourage you to take imperfect action towards an idea that you’ve been thinking about in your mind for a long time. I believe in your ability so much that I’m offering the first 10 people who respond to this email or book online a complimentary Manifestation Coaching Call, regardless of your location. You’ll end the call with at least one action step you can confidently take immediately.

All you have to do is click here for my booking calendar and choose the Manifestation Strategy Session.

With the right support you too can turn that idea into an action that transforms your vision into reality. You’ll release the need to be perfect and appreciate the steps you take.

Imagine talking with someone who will totally listen to you blurt about your idea and then empower you to create an objective that will make it real.

For those of you in Miami, please join me this Thursday, September 7 or Sunday, September 17 at the Natural Wellness Clinic. During the day you can come browse at no cost unless you choose a service from one of our gifted practitioners or products from our vendors. Then stay Thursday night as I lead a chakra balancing group Reiki meditation. Sunday afternoon we will have special guest Marley, of Meditation with Marley.

  • The first 10 people who sign up will also receive a remote energy session to clear any blocks that have come up during our conversation.

​​​​​Love and light,

Paty, La Mariposa, Hernández

Personal growth is a lifelong journey.

Personal growth never ends, it only continues to expand with information you take in and you constantly take responsibility for your actions. Growth stops when you do and either you die inside as you have lost your lust for life or it’s time for you to transition. Once you open the door towards asking challenging questions and connecting with spiritual life, the door can’t be closed again because you’ve moved past ignorance to knowledge. Empowering yourself brings about many challenges and confrontations of yourself yet it leads to taking responsibility for your life as you choose happiness and health. You become you’re own superhero and stop being a victim. It’s an awakening that moves you closer to spiritual enlightenment.
One of my paths towards self discovery has been with a personal empowerment series of workshops called Essence of Being. This weekend I’ll be volunteering at the second of the series called Passionate Manifestation which is dedicated to asking for what you want and believing it will happen. I remember when I attended this workshop in 2011 and it was very powerful for me on so many levels. I faced many of my struggles and fears in a supportive environment.
Here’s a poem that was shared with me in my 3rd workshop of the series, Mastery for I believe you will resonate with it too.
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The Invitation By Oriah Mountain Dreamer
It doesn’t interest me what you do for a living.

I want to know what you ache for, and if you dare to dream of meeting your heart’s desire.

It doesn’t interest me how old you are.

I want to know if you will risk looking like a fool for love, for your dreams,
for the adventure of being alive.

It doesn’t interest me what planets are squaring your moon.

I want to know if you have touched the center of your sorrow,

if you have been opened by life’s betrayals,

or have become shriveled and closed for the fear of future pain.

I want to know if you can sit with pain, mine or your own,

without moving to hide it, fade it, or fix it.

I want to know if you can be with joy, mine or your own,

if you can dance with wildness and let ecstasy fill you to the tips of your fingers

and toes without cautioning us to be careful, to be realistic,

or to remember the limitations of human beings.

It interests me if you are a seeker of truth.

I want to know if you disappoint another to be true to yourself,

if you can bear the accusations of betrayal and not betray your own soul.

I want to know if you can be faithful and therefore be trustworthy.

I want to know if you can see beauty, even when it is not pretty every day,

and if you can source your life from its presence.

I want to know if you can live with failure, yours or mine,

and still stand on the edge of the lake and shout to the silver moon “Yes!”

It doesn’t interest me to know where you live or how much money you have.

I want to know if you can get up after a night of grief and despair,

weary and bruised to the bone, and do what needs to be done for the children.

It doesn’t interest me who you are now or how you came to be here.

I want to know if you will stand in the center of the fire with me and not shrink back.

It doesn’t interest me where or what or with whom you have studied.

I want to know what sustains you from the inside when all else falls away.

I want to know if you can be alone with yourself,

and if you truly like the company you keep in the empty moments.

Your life is not a coincidence; it is a reflection of you.

Feel free to reply and share your aha after reading this poem. Pass this blog along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need love everyday!
Thank you for being a part of my expanding family.

Paty, La Mariposa