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

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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

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

Preparation and prayer during Hurricane Irma.

Even before Hurricane Irma was en route towards Florida through the Caribbean I was already beginning to feel the ground moving beneath me.
This month was set (and still is) to be the most productive and business focused in a long time. I’m feeling more and more confident about my path as a business owner and healing potential. I’ve been receiving new clients from various directions and i have various projects and collaborations in the works.
Yet, just when I felt the most confident situations beyond my control began to unravel. My virtual assistant has been unable to work for me because she’s endured countless health issues during her second pregnancy. The partner I was working with to establish my new project, Natural Wellness Clinic, is no longer at the Gables Optimal Health Center.
Now, hurricane Irma is shifting every day as she moves towards the US. Last night I led a prayer through Facebook Live for the Heavens to hear our plea and shift Irma to the right so we receive less damage than what’s broadcasted.
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I know prayer is not enough just like simply wishing for something to happen. Action is also needed and for the past few days I’ve taken steps to prepare myself, my family, and the tenants who live in the properties I manage for my father. I’ve also cancelled appointments and activities a few days before and after the storm so I can focus on the situation at hand.
I also just enlisted to be on the American Red Cross volunteer list because I know regardless of how the Hurricane comes through there will be damage and loss. I want to be on the front lines offering others who are struggling more than myself.
This storm mirrors my inconsistency in my life and also dedication to help others. I feel confident we will be okay and my decision to remain in Miami despite pleas from loved ones was the right one.
All I ask of you is that you continue to embrace Hurricane Irma in love so she moves more to the right and dissolves peacefully into the ocean. Please also add Hurricane Jose who’s right behind her.
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

Mindfulness with Syrian Refugees!

Last Saturday, July 8, I had the pleasure of collaborating with Elizabeth, one of my Reiki students and Lai Fan an acupuncturist I met recently to offer mindfulness techniques to 3 Syrian families. Although we met only for an hour or so, everyone left feeling so happy and grateful to have shared in this beautiful experience.
It all began when Elizabeth asked if I would be interested in putting together a mindfulness class for Syrian refugees that were living in South Florida. The families are supported by Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Community Services for Trauma. Of course I said yes, because I had been itching to volunteer for sometime and thought it would be an interesting experience. The event was titled, Mommy and Me Mindfulness event as it was geared for moms and children. It would be the first of its kind to be held through this organization in South Florida and hopefully not the last.
Elizabeth and I chose mindfulness activities that could be easily explained with few words because we expected that the women would speak little English and weren’t sure if we would have an interpreter. One of the activities was to have Lai Fan put seeds in a specific ear point which promotes stress release. Apart from myself and Lai Fan, no one had any idea about ear acupressure. If you haven’t experienced this I highly encourage you to try, especially since seeds are used and not needles. Plus, you can keep the seeds in place for up to 2 days so you can self-soothe and then take the bandaid off.
We decided to have Lai Fan put the seeds on myself and Elizabeth first so everyone could see how the experience was. She then went around the room to put the seeds on the others. Everyone, except two kids said yes.
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Lai Fan and Elizabeth
Fortunately, Lai Fan’s husband spoke Arabic and so he was our unofficial interpreter which we were so grateful for, especially the Syrian women. We began the class with an icebreaker I learned while serving in the Peace Corps, called Move like this. The idea is that each person says their name and creates a movement, then everyone repeats it. It’s a great way to begin any class with laughter and silliness. Then we dove into the mindfulness practice.
As we only had an hour we chose 5 mindfulness techniques which we also reviewed at the end of the class.
  1. Ear acupressure
  2. Deep belly breathing (expand your belly as you inhale and suck in with exhale)
  3. Inner Ease Technique
  4. Mindful Eating
  5. Connecting to your body with tapping on specific acupoints
Of the 5 techniques most said they will practice the deep breathing and mindful eating tips.
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Teaching inner ease technique
The highlight of this day was being able to collaborate and share simple techniques to assist others who are feeling stressed, which after all is my life’s mission. Going across borders, we offered an afternoon of engagement, education, and a chance to try something new. We all left feeling fulfilled and content This was a fun opportunity and experience to share with people on a beautiful Saturday afternoon.
Volunteering your time in any capacity is an opportunity to give to others without expectation. It truly warms the heart and builds upon community.
Have you had an opportunity to volunteer this summer? If so, please share with me as I’d love to hear from you.
Pass this blogs 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

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Depression hits again

On Sunday I had just finished working with a new client (very excited) and was waiting on my brother to call me so I could meet up with him and his family to spend time with the kiddos, my niece and nephew. Almost an hour passed and I didn’t hear from him. I knew they were dealing with an issue and would contact me when they were finished. Yet while I was waiting at my office and listening to a business podcast (it’s an entrepreneur thing), depression creeped in. It came out of nowhere as sad thoughts soon led to tears starting to flow.

Crap! (not truly what I thought but thought it best to keep this G rated) I immediately sent a text to my brother and told him I wasn’t feeling well and was heading home. En route thoughts of every imaginable reason as to why I was sad came crashing into my head space and the tears just flowed. I raised the windows, adjusted my sunglasses, turned off the radio, and spoke out loud the thoughts running through my mind. Just hearing them seemed like they carried less weight than what was happening in my head. Within the commute back home (about 35 minutes) I cried out my sadness and feelings of unworthiness. As I turned the corner heading towards the apartment I made a plan to feel more focused and centered once I was home for I didn’t want to continue wallowing in this misery.

Truth is I’ve been struggling with depression since as long as I could remember. I was “diagnosed” with depression when I was 18 years old and prescribed Paxil which I took for a few months. Yet I didn’t like how I felt when I was on them so I stopped and found other ways to cope with it.

Throughout my life I have fallen into bouts of depression which could last hours or days. The depression would be triggered by thoughts or sometimes after a traumatic event such as a loss of my loved ones. For example, I was triggered on Sunday because I was on an amazing high which was then popped by limiting beliefs. Doubts and insecurities, especially limiting beliefs of not feeling worthy or good enough are the struggles I have been dealing with throughout my life. Since I became an entrepreneur they have become stronger as I have been facing them head on.

I checked my face before I got out of the car and said to myself in the mirror: “Paty, it’s okay to cry. Now it’s time to move forward by listening to happy music and organizing your room and home office. You got this. You’re worth it and you are loved by many.”

With a sigh and a prayer to my spiritual guides for strength I moved on with the rest of my day.

Feeling sad and depressed is normal, it becomes a problem when it lingers for more than a day.

Fact is depression does have a habit of creeping in from time to time, especially just when things appear to be going so amazing.

Have you experienced that before?

I didn’t fight the depression or blame myself for feeling the way I was, I just allowed it to flow out of my system. Then I used my depression kicker of listening to happy music and cleaning up my living space so I didn’t feel more chaotic. My other favorite depression kickers are watching funny movies, going for walks outside, dancing, dropping orange essential oil in my diffuser, and calling uplifting friends.

If you struggle with depression what are ways that you move through it?

Leave a comment of your favorite tips.

Pass this along to someone who may benefit from it as we all need support everyday!

Love and hugs,

Paty,  La Mariposa  


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Let’s discuss ways to include more self-care into your life to reduce depression.  

I’m here to support you with a step-by-step plan to balance your life, embrace your power, and focus on health.     

Staying healthy this Halloween

Being healthy involves what you put in, on, and around your body.

As Halloween approaches, along with changes in temperatures, you may be reaching more for face paint and moisturizing creams to add to your body. Before you reach just any product take a look at the ingredients. Can you pronounce them? If not, then what in the heck are you putting on your largest organ that then filters into your body?

 

I have to admit being in Nicaragua, Ometepe, is not the best option for my skin due to the water and limited products available. Initially I was using Palmolive soap which left my skin feeling yucky and sticky until I came across a completely natural bar of soap with tea tree oil. The price tag was astronomical, $140 cordobas or $5 for a bar of soap. Yet the feeling I received as my skin felt soft and actually clean was priceless. I had brought my own shampoo and fortunately was able to find this all natural shampoo at a local salon.
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Sadly, we have to now pay a higher price for living healthywith all natural products yet that’s in the short term. In the long term we benefit from staying healthy longer as we are more focused on what we put in and on our bodies.
 
Recently, a client asked what beauty products should be avoided and as the universe would have it, I received an informative email highlighting the top 10 toxic chemicals to avoid. As not to repeat an already beautifully written article, I offer it you by clicking here for the top 10 toxic chemicals to avoid.
Thankfully there are growing companies dedicated to keeping you safe, such as Annmarie, Burt’s Bees, DoTerra, and Pangea to name a few. Here are a few of my favorite resources and tips to staying safe all year long regardless of where you are.
Beauty Tips:
  • You may pay more initially yet the lasting health outcome is well worth it.
  • Avoid items that list “fragrance” and choose essential oils.
  • If you cannot pronounce the ingredients, don’t buy it.
  • Choose organic only if it has the USDA organic symbol.
  • Avoid lead products; Common places to find lead are lipsticks and deodorant.
  • Natural does not always mean safe, always read the ingredients and when in doubt ask.
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Peace and love,
Paty,

La Mariposa
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Happy and safe in the summer sun

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Overview

It’s summer time and most of us are heading outdoors to enjoy the sun. However, being exposed for long periods of time can heighten skin cancer and heat related illnesses. In regards to skin cancer, there are numerous best practices that can be applied before leaving the house, such as wearing sunglasses and non-toxic sunscreen. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) has investigated numerous brands of non-toxic sunscreen, which are mineral based and even more effective at protecting the skin from damage.

The Environmental Protection Agency, EPA, has created a program called SunWise with evidence-supported research from the Department of Health and Human Services and the World Health Organization. By following the best practices listed below we can educate ourselves how to be safe while outside.

However, we many of us are guilty of not using sunscreen on a daily basis and therefore prevention can also come from foods we can eat that protect our skin from damage, such as with healthy fats and antioxidants.

Sun safety best practices

1) Radiation from the sun can cause numerous long-term health concerns, such as, melanoma skin cancer, cataracts, and immune suppression as indicated by the EPA, 2015. Melanoma can be treated if spotted immediately and so the American Cancer Society offers instructions for self-examinations to learn about changes in moles.

2) Prevention also comes from awareness of heat-related illnesses. The Centers of Disease Control offer information about what signs to be aware of and immediate life saving actions so the situation does not exacerbate.

3) Check the UV Index before leaving a building. The scale adequately explains the index reading and the level of danger from ultraviolet, UV, rays which cause skin damage. A free UV index app is available for smartphones.

4) Each state varies in regards to skin cancer facts, therefore become familiar with skin cancer facts for your state.

Truth about Sunscreen     

Sunscreen can be a protective layer applied to exposed skin for extended use while in the sun. However, many sunscreens can be more toxic than the sun and so it is important to purchase from a reputable company, which uses mineral, based ingredients recommended by Environmental Working Group,

Leading researcher against sunscreen use, Elizabeth Plourde, PhD discusses her research on the biohazard waste of sunscreens with chemical ingredients and the continued rise in skin cancer despite their use. She states that actually infrared rays from the sun are stronger than UV rays and her research has proven that its what causes skin cancer.

Food as prevention

1) Eating healthy fats such as butter, olive oil, avocados, and coconut oil, protect our cells from inflammation and improve absorption of other vitamins, which decrease chronic diseases.

2) Increasing daily intake of fruits, vegetables and chocolates which are antioxidants protect against skin damage, enhance overall body health, and maintain skin health.

3) A glass of red wine a day keeps the stress away by decreasing inflammation and increasing anti-oxidants. Flavonoids in red grapes may reduce sun’s ability to destroy skin cells.

4) Although the sun offers vitamin D during the fall and winter in many states, this can be an issue. Therefore ensuring intake of Vitamin D in foods such as fish-liver oils, fatty fishes, mushrooms, egg yolks, and liver enhances bone health and anti-inflammatory.

Conclusion

            The sun has many benefits, yet due to the thinning of the ozone layer and increase in contamination, unfortunately it is becoming more harmful to enjoy the sun safely. Being proactive and constantly checking the UV index and avoiding the sun directly between 10am and 4pm as this is when the UV rays are the most harmful, can decrease chances of becoming sunburned which then increase melanoma. Prevention also begins by what we eat, such as healthy fats and antioxidants, as well as what we put on our skin. By teaching and practicing self-care by observing changes on our skin, we can stay safe in the sun and enjoy the warmth as well as healing capabilities the sun has to offer us.

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