Well....um....I'll just say it. Today is my birthday! And so, I thought it would be fun to just share with you one of the greatest things I enjoy... so that you can enjoy it, too. :) Really, I posted it today because I guess I just want you to know how truly meaningful this is to me.
This link is a short meditation thing. But it's the best one I've ever heard.
It brings me SO much inner strength & healing when I need it. I have listened to this probably a hundred times! (I prefer to just listen as I'm not drawn to the video.) I listen to it on my i-phone when I walk or run through the glorious paths in Prospect Park and seek clarity and freedom from any doldrums. I listen to it often times back-to-back...even multiple times (I'm doing that now, as I write this!) I've listened to it on the way to infertility appointments. I listened to it when Danny and I were dating and I wanted to prepare to be a good wife and be my best self. I listened to it as I was driving to Boston for my wedding and had to deal with some of the heaviest weights I've ever felt (had nothing to do with my dear Danny or my wonderful wedding...but some other stuff totally unrelated going on at the time!) I've listened to it among thousands of beautiful faces on my commute to and from work on the subway. I listen to it when I need an extra boost to have a forgiving heart towards anyone. And most of all, I listen to it when I feel unconnected to the Divine in moments and want to feel it more strongly.
The words are spoken by Elder Enzio Busche (an elderly man from Germany who is a leader in the Mormon church). His words are so poignant and so heartfelt. I have high hopes that even if you are of a different faith or feel you have none at all, that you may hear something here that will inspire you. It's THAT good! A friend shared this with me after my divorce. By that time, I had already learned how to tap FULLY into peace. And so when I did hear this, literally every word spoke to me. I knew every word of it to be true. Even now, my heart just bursts when I listen to this because I know the stuff he talks about is no joke - the stuff he talks about is the REASON I have learned to feel so much peace in my life! And his words remind me over and over what I know I can do to always turn to that peace. I hope you enjoy it...
P.S. This birthday is one that I never thought I'd see without some little ones by my side. But you know, this life is a gift. Every part of it. I'm thankful I get to live it. I'm grateful for the path of my life.
And in case some of you aren't able to listen to the audio video, here are the written words.....
I want to share with you a vehicle, an instrument, that I developed some time ago for myself and for my family. It can assist us to reach our focus as we read the suggested vision of true discipleship. It helps when, from time to time, we ponder and seek identification with the following thoughts:
* Embrace this day with an enthusiastic welcome, no matter how it looks. The covenant with God to which you are true enables you to become enlightened by him, and nothing is impossible for you.
* When you are physically sick, tired, or in despair, steer your thoughts away from yourself and direct them, in gratitude and love, toward God.
* In your life there have to be challenges. They will either bring you closer to God and therefore make you stronger, or they can destroy you. But you make the decision of which road you take.
* First and foremost, you are a spirit child of God. If you neglect to feed your spirit, you will reap unhappiness. Don't permit anything to detract you from this awareness.
* You cannot communicate with God unless you have first sacrificed your self-oriented natural man and have brought yourself into the lower levels of meekness, to become acceptable for the Light of Christ.
* Put all frustrations, hurt feelings, and grumblings into the perspective of your eternal hope. Light will flow into your soul.
* Pause to ponder the suffering Christ felt in the Garden of Gethsemane. In the awareness of the depth of gratitude for him, you appreciate every opportunity to show your love for him by diligently serving in his Church.
* God knows that you are not perfect. As you suffer about your imperfections, he will give you comfort and suggestions of where to improve.
* God knows better than you what you need. He always attempts to speak to you. Listen, and follow the uncomfortable suggestions that he makes to us--everything will fall into its place.
* Avoid any fear like your worst enemy, but magnify your fear about the consequences of sin.
* When you cannot love someone, look into that person's eyes long enough to find the hidden rudiments of the child of God in him.
* Never judge anyone. When you accept this, you will be freed. In the case of your own children or subordinates, where you have the responsibility to judge, help them to become their own judges.
* If someone hurts you so much that your feelings seem to choke you, forgive and you will be free again.
* Avoid at all cost any pessimistic, negative, or criticizing thoughts. If you cannot cut them out, they will do you harm. On the road toward salvation, let questions arise but never doubts. If something is wrong, God will give you clarity but never doubts.
* Avoid rush and haste and uncontrolled words. Divine light develops in places of peace and quiet. Be aware of that as you enter places of worship.
* Be not so much concerned about what you do, but do what you do with all your heart, might, and strength. In thoroughness is satisfaction.
* You want to be good and to do good. That is commendable. But the greatest achievement that can be reached in our lives is to be under the complete influence of the Holy Ghost. Then he will teach us what is really good and necessary to do.
* The pain of sacrifice lasts only one moment. It is the fear of the pain of sacrifice that makes you hesitate to do it.
* Be grateful for every opportunity to serve. It helps you more than those you serve.
* And finally, when you are compelled to give up something or when things that are dear to you are withdrawn from you, know that this is your lesson to be learned right now. But know also that, as you are learning this lesson, God wants to give you something better.