In this memoir, manifesto, and manual, discover how the alchemy for real personal transformation lies in digging up your own medicine and tools—and your ancestors are your greatest guides.
Anyone scrolling through Robyn Moreno’s social media seeing her on the set of The Today Show; shaking hands with Barack Obama at the White House; speaking on stage at SXSW; and cozying up to celebs like J.Lo and Rihanna would have thought she was living the life. But the truth behind her well-curated snaps was that Robyn was burnt out AF: in the midst of a full-on, mid-life meltdown comprised of that all-too-typical working mom tightrope walk coupled with painful family drama.
To save her soul, sanity, and family, Robyn quit her manic #mommyboss existence, and set out on a 260-day spiritual journey based in Aztec and Mayan traditions, studying the medicine of her Mexican grandmothers: curanderismo. She learned about sustos—soul losses—and ser—your true essence. She reconnected with family she hadn’t spoken to in ages, like her 93-year-old great aunt Dora, who shared fantastical stories about her great-grandmother, Mama Natalia, who was a curandera. She took cooking lessons with a tough but tender-hearted Mexican chef who became her surrogate abuela and had tobacco blown up her nose by a Shaman from the Andes. She had dramatic moments with her sisters, her mom, her husband, and herself. And finally, she went into the jungle of Belize and threw herself in a Mayan river in the hope of breaking an ancestral curse.
Reckoning with the hidden stories and aspects of her family and her Mexican-American culture that were transforming and heartbreaking brought Robyn to an unshakable understanding of who she is and how she fits into this world. And, by looking to her past to decide which traditions, which medicines, to pass on to her daughters—and which to leave behind—she began to root into the person she was meant to be. Get Rooted shares Robyn’s unforgettable story of reclamation—and offers a path for others to reclaim their own ser.
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