The Gift


The gift of a hug is always a part of everyone’s budget but the gift of Jesus and His everlasting hug is the most valuable gift. It is the promise of heaven. It is the best hug you could ever receive.

“The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.” – Deuteronomy 33:27

Imagine feeling nurtured in eternal love, a peace that is timeless and limitless.

Imagine opening your arms up to the happiness of the season. The gift of a hug, a smile, a kind word or extending your arms in hospitality cannot be underestimated.

To ‘Relax-n-Renew’ is a gift.


Release Tension … Look and Feel Better … Be Joyful and More Productive … Relax-n-Renew!


The soothing music and positive suggestions of ‘Relax-n-Renew’ has helped people with insomnia, deal with grief, relive stress and just feel better.

I invite you to download this inspirational collection of Guided Imagery. Simply click on to the picture of the Relax-n-Renew CD above for more information and music samples.

I am grateful for the wonders of God, my family, friends, the beauty of nature and the opportunity to touch the lives of others in a positive way. My work as a Lifestyle Educator in the Healthy Living Center at Kaiser Permanente is a blessing. This is where I teach fitness classes and use the techniques of deep breathing and Guided Imagery. ‘Relax-n-Renew’ was created at the request of my students. It was a labor of love when my brother Al Alberici, a music professional and Christian music minister composed and recorded the beautiful music.


Let us continue to be grateful with Thanksgiving thoughts to guide us into the gift of Christmas. 

“Thanksgiving looks up with every breath, and sees God as Father from whom all blessings come.

Thanksgiving is praise. The heart is full of gratitude. Every moment has something in it to inspire love. The lilies made Jesus think of his Father, for it was he who clothed them in beauty.

The providence of our lives, if we think rightly of it, is simply God caring for us. Our circumstances may sometimes be hard, our experiences painful, and we may see nothing in them to make us glad. But faith teaches us that God is always good and always kind, whatever the present events may be.

We may be thankful, therefore, even when we cannot be glad. Our hearts may be grateful, knowing that good will come to us even out of pain and loss.” Excerpt from the Thanksgiving Lesson by J. R. Miller, 1912


Have a blessed Holiday season and remember that the birth of Christ in your heart is ‘The Gift’ that keeps on giving.

Maria Lauren (AKA: Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio) – yourpowerfullife

Note: This blog post is derived from one of my previous blog posts. Thank you for following me at Your Powerful LIFE blog!

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Maria Lauren is available for personal appearances as a motivational speaker, ‘You Got The Power’ while continuing to work as an Entertainer as well as a fitness and singing coach.

Maria Lauren and her sister, Linda Eichberg, co-wrote the book, Beyond Our Wildest Dreams. This book spotlights the journey of two sisters (Alberici Sisters) and how they kept healthy values while performing in show business with the entertainment icons of the 20th Century!

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Powerful People, Powerful Relationships

"Be powerful and solid like a rock while flowing like the breadth of the ocean." - Maria Lauren

“Be powerful and solid like a rock while flowing like the breadth of the ocean.” – Maria Lauren


Just this past season the ocean beckoned me into its cool refreshment but now I am settling into the Fall season, a time of reflection and reading. A time for being comfortable and cozy with the warm company of a good book.


Currently, I’m reading, ‘Keep Your Love On!… Connection, Communication & Boundaries’ by Danny Silk. Chapter One is loaded with powerful insights and food for thought. It is entitled, ‘Powerful People, Powerful Relationships’. Here are just a few quoted gems:


  • “Powerful people take responsibility for their lives and choices. Powerful people choose who they want to be with, what they are going to pursue in life, and how they are going to go after it.”


  • “A powerless person will consume whatever another person will offer up until the life of a once-happy, radiant flower has been mown to dirt. If you don’t believe me, talk to anyone who has been in a relationship with a powerless person. They will suck you dry – if you let them.”


  • “The subconscious fears driving the triangulation dynamic in victims, bad guys, and rescuers go something like this: I live in a perpetual state of anxiety because I feel out of control. In adding you to my life, I have increased my anxiety because I can’t control you either. I’m threatened by everything you do that I didn’t decide for you. Until you let me control you, I don’t feel safe in this relationship. Unless you let me control you, you don’t love me.”



October is Domestic Violence month – Revealing Links


The statistics for women who have fatally suffered domestic violence is staggering.


Verbal abuse is also a form of domestic violence that can be a slow death.


The Upcoming Election


Now more than ever…

Now more than ever, we need a miracle and we, the people, can all be little miracles as we continue to pray for our leaders, no matter who wins.

Now more than ever, we need to connect with loving integrity to those along our path especially our family and friends.

Now more than ever, we need to extend a hand of compassion to those in need.

Now more than ever we need to realize that we, the people, are a community that is powerful.


The world and the media surely shows that we are out of control. As much as we try, life’s twists and turns can often leave a nauseating feeling in the pit of our stomach as we try to cope and rise above. As the classic movie star, Bette Davis said, ‘Fasten your seat belts…’


“Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. – Ephesians 6:14


Wishing you a powerful life in truth,

Maria Lauren, a.k.a. Maria Elena Alberici – Riccio

Your Powerful LIFE blog

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Maria-Lauren-Alberici-Riccio-motivation-entertainer-fitness-You-Got-The-PowerYour Powerful LIFE blog is about Living, Inspiration, Fitness, Entertainment…. It is produced in my own time and solely reflects my personal opinions. Statements on this site do not represent the views or policies of my employer, past or present, or any other organization with which I may be affiliated. All content is copyrighted.