We had the good fortune of connecting with Marguerite Baca and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Marguerite, can you tell us about a book that has had a meaningful impact on you?
Since childhood I enjoyed creating and producing, whether it was learning to sew with a pattern to make my first raggedy Ann doll, or casting other kids in the neighborhood and directing them in sketches, creative activities put me into a joyful meditative flow. Following a creative project to completion has always been satisfying. As I carried this quality into adulthood I observed that those without a creative sense of purpose lacked focus. With their scattered energy, they were more susceptible to slip into self destructive circumstances, habits, moods and inflict needless harm onto others, especially those whom they felt jealous of. It became clear to me that when a person knows that they, like anybody else, are in this world to discover, express and fulfill their contribution to the world, they become a safe, generous person. With regular practice of my Soul Satisfaction life skills program, my clients inevitably begin to exude a calm poise of reassurance, knowing that they have access to inner resources, particularly the beautiful faculty of the soul, intuition. They begin to focus on that rather than imposing their negative moods on those around them.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
When people describe my services as a speaker and life skills consultant, the words “wisdom” and “humor” are often used. While much of life is challenging, I manage to find and bring humor to my circumstances and assist others in doing the same. I strongly frown on what is referred to as spiritual bypassing, or formerly was called denial. I provide a safe atmosphere for radical self honesty, at the pace that is set by the client. My meditation practice allows for a spiritual perspective, combined with my stand up comedy experience. This comes into the way I teach, making challenges something fun to gain mastery over. FUN is my operative word. One of the primary principles that I teach and live by is that doing your best is its own reward. I distinguish doing your best rather than perfection. Doing my best was recognized by people along the way. This resulted in immediately being invited as a speaker at the Sacred Living Conference (LAX/Hilton), being chosen by scouts from Paramount Studios to create a yoga video for their Buns of Steel fitness label, which then led to the authors of Yoga for Dummies choosing me as a consultant for the photo shoot and model. I was also referred to teach at hospitals all over San Diego County, to teach at USD, where I’ve been instructing for over twenty years, including the two courses I created, Soul Satisfaction and Meditation Motivation. Sedona Yoga Festival invited me from out of the blue, to present my solo show Autobiography of a Buns of Steel Yogini, stand up comedy and workshops. I presented at SYF for three consecutive years. With stand up comedy, I went from doing open mics, did my best to learn the craft, find my voice and eventually was invited to headline and for regular spots. NO, it was not always easy. I’ve been scorned, diminished, sabotaged along the way. Yet I am grateful for the lessons of great awareness. I developed keen instincts and deepened trust in my intuition. These are skills I bring to my clients; how to move forward with their original gifts and fully express while discerning the optimum places to invest their precious energy. They learn to trust and respect their intuition more than any external opinion or distraction. This is where that confident, calm, self-assurance comes into play. They begin to see, receive and enjoy life’s countless gifts.
“Reinvent yourself at any age on the stage of life.”
Being overly attached to roles in life can lead to an identity crisis, especially after a particular stage of life has come to an end. Soul Satisfaction skills assist in self-confidence to move fluidly and joyfully adapt to where life is leading, resulting in ever new peace, health and fun.
When I proposed the Soul Satisfaction course to USD, my supervisor loved the idea, as it assists the students in moving beyond their academic brain and into awareness of their intuitive, creative inner resources, skills they will use beyond graduation. These young adults are just beginning to discover themselves. With Soul Satisfaction practice they learn to consciously invent themselves. When clients outside of USD expressed interest in this life skills program, I began consulting for older populations, who are eager to reinvent themselves.
Learning to distinguish the difference between externally driven pressures for societal approval, and true internally motivated actions leads to a life of soul satisfaction. With this program you will witness yourself moving into quantifiable new levels of soul satisfaction, by integrating your personal values with your actions. With repeated practice this integrity leads to ever deeper levels of soul satisfaction throughout a lifetime.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Dance classes really do it for me. When Culture Shock Dance Studios were open I regularly took classes there. My classmates and I concurred, dance is our church, moving in an art form, joyfully, there is nothing to dispute or argue about, simply enjoying, celebrating music together. There were levels of classes that anybody could enjoy. I did invite friends to join me, even buying dance class gift certificates. A day of pampering at the Catamaran Spa in Mission Beach is the ultimate. A walk around Shelter Island, La Jolla Cove, Sunset Cliffs is another way to get exercise while catching up with a friend. I have an annual pass to Cabrillo Monument. The air quality and views from the peninsula can’t be beat. It’s a destination for international travelers. Being that I performed monthly at Flappers in Burbank, my favorite club, I shared that experience with numerous friends. While in the Los Angeles area, Versailles Cuban Restaurant has some signature dishes that I must frequently satisfy. Bandars Restaurant in the Gaslamp District has the most elegant atmosphere and consistently delicious authentic Persian cuisine. Meditating and strolling around the beautiful gardens of either Self Realization Fellowship in Encinitas or Pacific Palisades is always a peaceful treat.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The people and teachers who shaped me into the edutainer that I am, my dual life, were from the world of great meditation teachers and entertainers. Being born into a family rich in show business history, I was encouraged by my parents and grandparents to professionally train in acting, singing and dancing. Even my great grandmother was an accomplished pianist who played for the silent movies. Every time we visited her it was natural to get out song books and sheet music and sing standards, pop and show tunes. Both of my parents expressed a love of people, diversity, and a deeply devotional spirituality which was passed to me culturally. At age thirteen, I discovered yoga and meditation and developed a dedicated practice that continues to this day. There were numerous books along the way. My Mom gave me two books during my adolescence that have remained in my collection, which had a significant impact on me; The Game of Life and How to Play it by Florence Scovel Shinn and Visualization, Directing the Movies of Your Mind (to improve your health, expand your mind, and achieve your life goals). Other authors who I greatly appreciate are Dr. Wayne Dyer, whom I had the honor to share a speaker panel with at the Sacred Living Conference, Deepak Chopra, and any material written by the great meditation master Paramahansa Yogananda, author of the best seller, Autobiography of a Yogi. From the show biz side, I had the best teacher, Jeannie Robbins at the Lee Strasberg Theatre Institute, my voice/opera teacher Marina Koshetz, who sang with Rachmaninoff, and a great modern/jazz dance teacher, Shirley, who had me assist in her classes and gave me the opportunity to be a dancer on the set with Michael J. Fox on the series Family Ties.
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