11 January 2012

Something For You


 
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...

With Love,

Mara

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.

38 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday Mara! We don't know each other, but as one who gives so much of herself to others, I hope you are on the receiving end of so much love and spoiling today!

    Thank you for sharing this link, too - it was the perfect way to start my day today and something I know I will refer to often - it was absolutely beautiful, with such power because it is truth.

    Also, were you featured on the Mormon Women Project sometime ago? I am one of the writers on the project, and I have to tell you, I am so thrilled to see the 'sequel' to that piece, and to know you are so so happy!! Thank you for sharing so much of yourself.

    Happy Birthday!

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  2. Happy Birthday, Mara! We love you so much, and are so pleased that your life has brought you to a point of much joy and peace.

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  3. Happy Birthday, Mara! Thanks for all the love an wisdom you and Danny share. Have a beautiful day!

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  4. Happy Birthday Mara! Love the talk! A good reminder of what I need to be doing.

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  5. Happy Birthday beautiful lady! I hope this year is one of increased freedom and joy and purpose.

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  6. The last one was my favorite. So powerful! I was just thinking about how I felt that I had lost myself a few years ago. And what the Lord has helped give me is a better version of myself. I lost myself but I gained something better (a new me) in the process. :)

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  7. Happy Birthday, Mara! This too is my favorite (the whole talk, actually) and I just may have beaten your view/listen count. I love that you know about it as well. I highly recommend his biography - "Yearning for the Living God" (I've read it multiple times just for the truth it imparts).

    Have a wonderful day!

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  8. thank you.. thank you! I needed this today. And happy birthday.

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  9. Happy happy happiest of birthdays, Mara! (my fellow capricorn) I will listen to this later and am looking forward to it....

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  10. That blew my away. I especially loved hearing him read it. So powerful and peaceful at the same time.

    Happy Birthday and thanks for sharing.

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  11. OH Happy Birthday wonderful woman! I know you're entrance into the next year will be blessed:).

    Loved this line so much-

    "Never judge anyone. When you accept this, you will be freed."

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  12. The meditation is beautiful! I was going to tell you which lines were my favourite and then I realized that it's all of it. Thank you for sharing!

    Happy birthday, Mara! I hope you have a truly wonderful day!

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  13. Happy birthday Mara! I hope that it's a wonderful day for you. Thank you for sharing this. I needed to hear it today.

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  14. Happy Birthday Mara! Your blog has been a great source of peace to me since I found it a few weeks ago. What a beautiful talk! Thanks for sharing... it was a tender mercy for me today:)

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  15. I'll have to read (or listen to) the talk when I get home from work, but Happy Birthday! I hope this is another wonderful year for you!

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  16. Happy Birthday Mara! I hope you enjoy this new year which I am sure will bring much blessings in every single form.

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  17. Happy Birthday Mara! Thank you for the beautiful post. :hugs:

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  18. Happy birthday! I needed to hear/read this so much today. I truly feel inspired to go on stronger than I was 7 min. ago!
    Love your blog and all of your beautiful insights!

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  19. Happy birthday! January 11 is a GREAT DAY to be born (it's my birthday as well). This was a perfect way to take a second to reflect on what is most important amidst the celebrating :). I'm new to your blog but I'm loving it!

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  20. Dear Mara, Happy Birthday sweet sister. I read your PS and just thought what a fantastic aunt you are to my children. It was a great treat to run into you and Danny over the holidays. I love you.

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  21. Happy Birthday, Mara! Thank you for letting your light shine!

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  22. Oh wow. Thank you sooo much. I really needed to hear that! Your blog is so amazing and I hope you feel like you are making a difference because you are!

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  23. Elder Busche is amazing. Have you read his auto biography 'Yearning For the Living God?". So powerful.

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  24. Thank you, truly, Mara, for blessing me today with the meditation. God's timing was spot on for reaching my heart with it, and it seems from the comments many others. Keep your light shining, and happy unbirthday to you!

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  25. happy birthday my dear friend!

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  26. I needed this today more than anything else. You are truly an inspired woman who is doing much good! Thank you. Bless you.

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  27. I hope your birthday was amazing. Thank you so much for sharing this video. I'm so glad I stumbled upon it. Exactly what I needed to hear today!

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  28. I love this and can't believe I've never heard it before. how do you get an audio version on your iPhone/Pod? I think I need to listen to this every morning as I start my day?

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  29. Happy Birthday Mara! (Mine is tomorrow- the 13th). I just came across your blog last week. My sister-in-law Tina Hoskisson is friend's with your husband's sister I believe (I can't quite remember) and she directed us to your blog when you wrote about that crazy experience with the flight attendant. Since that time, I've become completely addicted to your blog. I love the eloquent way you write. Your testimony shines through your words and paragraphs. I'm excited to keep reading and following you. Thank you for sharing this wonderful piece of heaven. I'm going to listen to it often. I love it.

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  31. Happy belated birthday, Mara!! I hope you had an amazing day and that you got spoiled and pampered. Thank you for this beautiful meditation. Really inspiring, as always.

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  32. I just got back from out of country but I love your blog and read it regularly and was just catching up when I saw this and I was so excited because we share a birthday!!!! So Happy (late) Birthday and thank you for your incredible posts, you're such an inspiration.

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  33. Hey Mara happy belated birthday! :) I'm back at UVM but I'm sure we will meet during the summer :)!!

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  34. Happy Belated Birthday, it is also my birthday, a happy 64th. A lovely message and a good reminder, thank you for writing out the words. May your dreams come true.
    Jeannie

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  35. Thank you for this post, Amen to this meditation on Christs word and promise Bless you and your husband xxx

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  36. holy cow, girl. we are like soul sisters. i shared this same video on my social media earlier this year as well. we are twins i'm not kidding.

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  37. This has helped me immensely. I just stumbled upon your blog this afternoon via Pinterest and I cannot stop reading. I have been experiencing a hard time following a break up after nine years together. I am trying to get used to my new life, although it seems like I am failing miserably. This has given me a new breath of fresh air and new inspiration to keep going. I love your blog Mara and Danny! Amazing work you guys!

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