Creating Your Own Religion Through Make-Up

Make up has always been powerful to me. I was always amazed by the way it could change appearance and make someone instantly more glamorous. My first make up icon was grandma and I would be in a trance watching her apply her bright red lipstick. My grandma put on that lipstick before going to K Mart, taking me to Chuck E. Cheese or even before taking a walk through the neighborhood. It was essential.

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I knew I would wear make up as soon as I was allowed. My mom told me when I was in middle school, “you can wear make-up, but I am not buying it for you. It’s not a necessity.” Well, maybe to her it wasn’t, but since I had been waiting for that permission for years, my days of crime begin and I started stealing make-up. Then I got caught and stopped. 
Make-up made me feel transformed and glamorous and all that couldn’t stop because I was a reformed shoplifter, so like a good citizen, I worked for my money and begin spending my baby-sitting earnings on new eyeshadows, bright lipsticks and oh, so much glitter. I was completely mesmerized by Kevyn Aucoin. I checked out his book Making Faces over and over again from my local library and tried to create different looks.
My relationship with make-up has not always been healthy and balanced, and I did a complete overhaul of my MAC products when I made the commitment to no longer use products tested on animals.
I have slowly been re-building my collection with cruelty-free alternatives and have been reminded of how transformative a new lipstick can be. If my energy or confidence is dragging low, a bright red seems to work wonders. If a day is mundane and boring, at least my eyeliner doesn’t have to be and I can give myself a lift with a winged look.
I absolutely love having a reason to dress up in costume. I recently went to the Renaissance Faire and had a fun time creating different looks.
The first is an attempt to look like one of The Sand Snakes from Game of Thrones.
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The next weekend, my family coordinated a Steam Punk theme. We have been working on this costume and though we still have more to add, it was improved since last year.
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FUN!

Free Book Give Away!! Signed Copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It

Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert. Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better. Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer. Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006. Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book. Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

The book and author were also featured on Good Morning America:

You have mutliple chances to win! You can enter by:

  1. Leaving a blog comment lettings us know what you thought of Eat Pray Love.
  2. Following Spiritual Bahana on WordPress (click “follow” on the sidebar—>).
  3. Follow @spiritualbahana on Instagram.

You can chose one or all options for multiple entries. The contest begins today and will run through midnight on Sunday, 5/15. The winner will be announced on Monday, 5/16.

Please click on the link below to log your entries. Best of luck!

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Book Giveaway-Signed Copy of “Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It”

Hi everyone!! Spiritual Bahana is giving away a free autographed copy of Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It signed by yours truly, Eduardo Martinez.

For those of you who don’t know, last summer I entered an essay writing contest by the acclaimed author Elizabeth Gilbert.  Liz Gilbert is a New York Times best selling author who’s inspired millions of women and men to look at their lives and change them for the better.  Since its release in 2006, over 10 million copies have been sold and it established her as a world famous writer.  Eat Pray Love sold over 10 million copies ever since its first release in 2006.  Her story of self discovery was also made into a movie directed by Ryan Murphy, the creator of American Horror Story and most recently The People Vs. Oj Simpson.

Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It is a collection of essays written by fans from around the world who were inspired to go on their own spiritual quest after reading the book.  Although I didn’t travel around the world to find myself, I believe you’ll find my simple story of hard work and determination just as inspiring.

The book and author were also featured on Good Morning America:

You have mutliple chances to win! You can enter by:

  1. Leaving a blog comment lettings us know what you thought of Eat Pray Love.
  2. Following Spiritual Bahana on WordPress (click “follow” on the sidebar—>).
  3. Follow @spiritualbahana on Instagram.

You can chose one or all options for multiple entries. The contest begins today and will run through midnight on Sunday, 5/15. The winner will be announced on Monday, 5/16.

Please click on the link below to log your entries. Best of luck!

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Spiritually Bananas

Life has been a bit off lately which has left me feeling a little less than inspired to write. On 1/29/16, my father passed away suddenly from a heart attack.  A week after the funeral, my uncle passed away from the same fate.  The first two months of 2016 have been a time of transition as my family and I settle into a new normal.

It’s also played havoc on my schedule.

Now that death has introduced itself — this is the first immediate family member to pass away — I’ve been trying to spend as much time with my one remaining parent.  After work, I visit my mom on a regular basis to make sure her needs are being met.  She’s been coping pretty well but sometimes I’m afraid she wants to give up.  I’ll blog about it in a later post.

My mom and I at the Wisteria Festival at Sierra Madre.

My mom and I at the Wisteria Festival at Sierra Madre.

I’m currently on Spring Break and the last two weeks have been a much needed time to regroup and recenter my spiritual practices.  I pressed into them a lot more recently and started to reflect on death a little bit more than usual.

I just finished the audio book of When Air Becomes Breath by Paul Kalanithi.  I don’t think I was ready to listen to a memoir that was left unfinished by a successful up and coming neuro surgeon who passed away from cancer.  It was a bit too early to early for me to delve fully into the subject.  I struggled my way through it and I wasn’t really actively listening while it played.  I’ll give it another try at a later time.

bpjm-square-1536Angelina is currently on Spring Break as well and is hiking and eating her way through Oregon.  Gosh, now that I’m blogging again, there’s a lot of interesting stories coming to mind that I’d like to share.  I recently started dating a guy who has really caught my attention…I believe he feels the same way too.  I’ll ask him if I can blog about our relationship.

Things are looking up as Spring Break comes to a close; with only two months left of the school year and glorious summer vacation on the horizon, I believe we’ll be posting a lot more spiritual stories in the future.

Spiritual Bahana and I at my recent book party.

Spiritual Bahana and I at my recent book party.

I’d like to close this post with pictures of my dad whom I miss terribly.

Rest in peace dad!

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That's me in the middle, hiiiii!!

That’s me in the middle, hiiiii!!

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Ed

 

 

Chakras, Chaka Khan and Refocusing

For the last couple of weeks, I’ve been reflecting on how life unfolds in its own time.  There are no rules or time limits as to when our eyes open up to the next phase of life.  Sometimes that phase has already started but we refuse to see it.

I remember reading about a couple in the book The Five Love Languages who had gone through twenty years of marriage before they realized their relationship was loveless.  As a married couple they got along very well together but their relationship was mostly business.  They related to one another as two acquaintances who were bound together through mutual associations.  It wasn’t until they read the book that their eyes were open to the possibilities of what a love relationship could be.

Recently I started reading and studying the seven Chakras and I’m finding the same to be true in my own life.  I’m just starting to open my eyes to the possibility of what life can be.

One of the first eye openers or areas of life I never thought of was my inner reality.  Whatever is happening on the inside of me is being projected onto the outside world.  Life isn’t what happens on the outside and works its way in; it’s the inside seeping out.

In the next couple of weeks, I’d like to review each of the seven chakras and how they’re changing my view of the outside world.

In the mean time, I can’t help but think of Chaka Khan when I say the word chakras.  I love her songs Feel For You and Through the Fire.  So after each post I’m going to include a video from the Every Woman herself.

Next week I’ll be starting with the root chakra:

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St. Bernardino – Pray For Us!

It’s very interesting – to say the least – to be on the other end of a national tragedy.  Never once did I image the sleepy town of San Bernardino California would ever make world headlines.  But it did on 12/2.

I was in the middle of organizing some paperwork when I happened to glance over at my iPhone and see a long string of text message waiting for me to clear.  One read, “I don’t know if you know, but there has been a major shooting in downtown San Bernardino.”

That’s the message that got my attention.

I have a cousin who works in downtown and for a couple of minutes I had to prepare for the worst as I was waiting for her response.  Luckily she was a couple of blocks away from where it happened.  I don’t know what I would have done if she were one of the victims or near the building when it happened.

The other day, as Angelina and I were processing what’s been going on in the news, I asked her if she felt the same presence in the air as I do?  She agreed and when I asked her what it was she said, “fear.”

Since the shootings, there has been an oppressive energy of fear in the air here in San Bernardino County.  It’s something not even the sight of Christmas decorated houses can cut through.  The spirit of peace, joy and love has been replaced by paranoia, confusion and hate.  Not only were the families and friends of those involved robbed of their cherished siblings and acquaintances, but they’ve also been denied the collective positive energy of goodwill towards man that we all feel during the holidays.

Even though our blog has somewhat on the rebellious side, it’s during these times that I’m most thankful for my church and faith.  Lately, it’s been challenging to share the sometimes burdensome responsibility of the human experience.  But when I surrender all it at the foot of the cross and cry out, “Saint Bernardino pray for us!” I feel the collective energy of so many saints who have done the same and the burden becomes lighter.

Peace, Ed

 

Mantra Monday: “I’ll See It When I Believe It”

Faith. The substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.

I remember a time when I wanted to believe this. I remember a time when I absolutely, positively did NOT believe this.

I am currently at a place where I am learning how to do this. I was reminded about faith last week while completing one of my meditations from Deepak Chopra & Oprah’s meditation experience, Deepak said we need to reverse the phrase “I will believe it when I see it to.” Essentially, we will manifest our desires more when we believe it.

A few days later, another of my spiritual teachers Gabrielle Bernstein posted the same phrase on her Instagram.

faith I guess the universe felt I truly needed to be reminded of this and maybe some of you do too, as well.

In love & faith,

~Ang