By Amy Nicole Tangel
With pandemic stress, job loss, inability to travel and lack of in-person connection, many people are seeking ways to deal with issues and emotions; searching to find positive and healthy ways through a time with so many unknowns. One author who has dedicated her life to helping others is reaching out to those in need with her daily words of hope and love in her most recent book, My mini Book of Mighty Mantras.
Author and Wellness Coach Donna Martini has been helping people across Long Island and beyond for more than twenty years, and now through her new book featuring a tiny mouse named, “Mantra Mouse,” she has created a pocket-tool for people to open-up to read daily words of affirmation, encouragement and positive guidance through tough moments and decisions in everyday life.
“All of these ideas, they’re about healing and helping people. If they stayed in my computer, what good is it? Mantra Mouse is all about helping people,” she said.
With thousands of online followers, Donna’s daily dose of honest and personal life experience attached to her love-based guidance seems to be capturing hearts with the visual help of Mantra Mouse, a tiny mouse with big strength, big-life issues and a big red heart; just like we are as human beings. Through Mantra Mouse, Donna speaks to our inner child (our soul), as people from all walks of life seek to find balance and peace in their lives to reach their goals through her trademark practice of, “Positive Manipulation.”
As a preface to My mini Book of Mighty Mantras, Donna describes the practice of “Positive Manipulation” as, “The willful act of physically, mentally and emotionally manipulating what is not working on our behalf into the most appropriate and productive outcome we can achieve.” She said the concept came along when she was a working mother and wife in her thirties who was going through the process of a divorce and was exploring different ways to keep her mind in the right place.
The 59-year-old mother of two, who currently resides in Oyster Bay with her rescue therapy dog, My Love (appropriately named after the big brown heart shaped marking on her side), said she was seeking desperately to be in a positive and beneficial place for not only herself, but for her children as well as her soon-to-be ex-husband during a time surrounded by so much anger and negativity. One day, while being engaged in hurtful dialogue regarding her divorce, she said she had a revelation when she realized she was, manipulating herself, every time she interacted with him and she was using anger to stay committed to leaving when she needed to get better at being who she was by loving and honoring even after the divorce was final.
“If I was going to go for my happiness, I wanted to make sure my kids were going to be okay,” she said.
From that moment, Donna began her long journey of transforming herself and the lives of others as an advocate, coach, instructor, and eventually author. Piece-by-piece she kept reminding herself through daily affirmations repeated regularly to herself, and by doing so, she began to plant seeds in those surrounding her by the constant intentions of love she was sending out. Even though Donna said she had been in tune with her ability as an empath for a good part of her life, it was when she lost her father and began suffering with Crohn’s disease that she really started to be given the signs she needed to start writing.
She began her writing career by writing eulogies, and it was through that work she said that she realized she had an ability to connect and help people through the words she wrote. Donna said her passion to write as a tool to help others manifested initially from praise she was receiving from families of the departed over how she was able to capture the essence of their loved ones who had passed on, but the real validation for her was that she could actually hear what the deceased souls were saying while she wrote about them. It was during this time when she also branched out again and wrote an article about the steps she had taken in her divorce with hopes to one day share with others who were going through the same change of life.
The reality was, in spite of the many positives and lessons learned, Donna was still in the midst of an almost deadly battle with Crohn’s disease, and she was struggling with opportunities to help people through her writing. One night when Donna’s health took a drastic turn for the worse, she was lying in bed so sick she was barely able to walk to the bathroom; she had suffered a massive amount of blood loss, and was so weak she couldn’t even speak. Close to death, in that very moment she said she had what she calls now, an “outer soul” experience like one would have an “out-of-body” experience when she asked God to take her. She said she meant it and she was ready to die right then and there when she heard a voice that she thought was her own coming from the corner of her room in the dark.
Donna said what seemed to be a filmy image in the darkness spoke to her and told her it was time for her to come back to life; she had work to do. In her despair, she asked what she was supposed to do and said she heard a loud and clear message that she was to write a book and it was to be titled, The Ten Commandments of Divorce. With that profound moment, Donna said she used every ounce of strength she had left to call her son with the phone by the bed, and ask him to take her to the hospital. Not long after her life was spared that night, Donna underwent a colectomy, a major surgery to remove almost all of her colon.
“Once I got better, I sat down, and I wrote The Ten Commandments of Divorce in six weeks,” she said.
It was following her major surgery when Donna had a relapse with Chron’s and her doctor at the time wanted her to immediately go on medication, but Donna knew that wasn’t for her and said she went all-in trying to be the absolute best balanced person she could be physically, emotionally and spiritually taking it to the next level by eliminating foods that made her moody down to the littlest annoyances in life causing imbalance. To this day, Donna said she has lived in remission for years with no medication and works tirelessly for herself and in helping others to live, eat and be the healthiest version of themselves naturally.
The creation of Mantra Mouse and the writing of My mini Book of Mighty Mantras is the culmination of years of Donna’s life learning how to heal from past traumas both emotionally and physically, not only for herself, but to help others in their own lives in turn. In addition to authoring two books, Donna has been a contributor to Creations Magazine and LI News Radio sharing her wellness knowledge with the public, and for seven years was appointed lead ambassador of wellness for Nassau County by former County Executive Ed Mangano. She served as Planning Commissioner of Nassau County and is an accredited green professional who focuses on the wellness of the people and the environment attached to green building.
Most recently, Donna has signed on as wellness coach for Nassau County Police Department and is working to bridge the gap to make positive changes for society by providing them with education on ways to not only help themselves have a healthier work life, but hopes to build relationships with anyone who seeks further coaching to obtain a complete life of wellness.
The current state of our country has left Donna feeling a great sense of urgency she said, and she is working diligently to answer her calling to help bring people together in any way she knows how. As a result of this mission, Donna started to answer the call by writing a song, “One Nation’s Heart.” The song was recorded by musicians in Nashville, and a music video has been released. Donna said she is hoping her song will continue to spread and that a larger platform beyond her social media network will come to fruition.
“If I can make the country and the world my goal that’s what I am going to do, because it can’t wait any longer,” she said.
As for Mantra Mouse, he is getting ready to set out on another journey of spreading love across the world in Donna’s upcoming new book in the series, My mini Book of Pranks and Praise; a book Donna said is intended to help journeyers learn how to turn their unproductive self-talk and inappropriate emotions into profound forward movement and spiritual growth.
To purchase a copy of, My mini Book of Mighty Mantras and to learn more about Donna and the services she offers, visit www.mantramouse.com and www.donnamartini.com. Donna can also be found on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
Photos and video courtesy of Donna Martini.