Gathering Strength for a New Season

I heard these words (below) over the weekend and I just thought they were beautiful.  They made me think of so many of you.  I thought of friends of mine who are going through tough times right now.  I thought of this new season and the desire that it can bring to focus on our personal growth and development.  I thought of our next (very long) IVF process that will begin with the first appointment today (these photos remind me of what a joyful time it was for us the first time we did an IVF.  I am working on getting myself mentally prepared to face it all again with the same love and joy and patience.)  I thought of anyone who might be in a rut and needs some strength to get out of it.  I thought of dear Gabrielle Blair who has been open about feeling down lately.  (This certainly can happen to all of us!)  So today, I share with you some uplifting words/statements to read in case you are working on healing, gathering your strength, or becoming your better self. (This is from a meditation by Belleruth Naperstak.)  Maybe some of these lines will resonate with you.  They’re all beautiful, but I’ve highlighted the ones that I love the most because they remind of the sentiments that began to help me heal during my own darkest hours many years ago.  I’ll never forget that time of my life, when some of this stuff actually began to take root.  


I declare my intention to heal in body, mind & spirit.

I invite assistance from friends and loved ones – past, present & future – to lend me their support and their strength.  I request assistance from the invisible forces all around me.  And welcome their love and support.

More and more, I understand that my healing will happen in it’s own way, and it’s own time.

I see myself surrounded by the love and caring of those who have come before me – whose banner I carry now.

I know I am better and better able to accept how I feel – as my inner truth of the moment.

I know that the more I can acknowledge and accept how I feel – without criticism or blame – the more I allow myself to heal.

I am better and better able to be kind, gentle and appreciative toward myself.

I welcome my increasing ability to sense the assistance around me – guiding me back to my own strength, courage, and resourcefulness.

I know my heart will heal with the energy of it’s own life force.

More and more, I can see and feel my own beauty, value and worth.

I am better and better able to define myself and value myself independent of the behavior of others.

I see and feel radiant sunlight warming my body – sending comfort and solace deep into my heart.

I salute my ability to survive – and my courage to heal.

I know that when I appreciate my body, respect it, and take good care of it – I allow myself to heal.

I can feel a soft warm healing energy pulsing deep into my heart.

I can feel my heart filled with it’s own healing energy.

I know that I am held and cradled and affirmed by the generations that have gone before me.

More and more, I understand that my value has never been defined by the behavior of others.

I know that torn places will repair, and my heart will be made whole.

I will find my center, heal my heart, and reclaim my strength.

I understand that beautiful and wise and worthy people know devastation and loss, just as I have.

I salute the generosity of my true nature.

More and more, I remember that I deserve to give love and receive love.

I am the exquisite result of the combined lifetimes of my ancestors.

I know that even great pain can be a valued teacher.

I will grow compassion, wisdom and kindness from the sorrow of my past.

I know there is a part of me deep inside that is sufficient and whole – and it can never be diminished or demeaned.

I know that beneath the darkness that sometimes overtakes me, there is a place where I am radiant with the beauty of my being.

I look to the time when I will reclaim my strength and express the full range of my gifts.

I know that my heart is large is enough to hold my suffering and strong enough to transform it.

More and more, I can see the beauty all around me, and draw nourishment from it.

I welcome my awareness of the peaceful power within my heart, the seed of my strength, the home of my spirit.

I know that I have things to do, gifts to give, purposes to accomplish.

I know that I am held in the hands of God and am perfectly, utterly safe.


May this week be full of love and goodness for you.

Cheers to a new season.

And lots of love,


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  1. Anna September 3, 2013 at 10:38 am - Reply

    good luck to you guys. I'm continually impressed with your
    attitudes and strength.

  2. Jessica Frost September 3, 2013 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Thank you Mara. We are starting our first cycle of IVF at the end of the month and i'm really scared. I know I can do it and just need to get myself in the right frame of mind. I'm going to look up the guided meditation.

    Praying and sending you all the positive vibes possible across the ocean from Australia x

  3. M H September 3, 2013 at 1:12 pm - Reply

    This is perfect, Mara. Goodness our own minds and mental states can get the best of us and yet is one of the things of life truly within the realm of our control. That said, I know I've struggled with this in particular the past few years, but even when darker moments try go win out, I try to come back to simple, positive fundamental thoughts like the above (and get in an extra snuggle with a certain goldendoodle). Excited for you both in this new season! xo Melissa

  4. Anonymous September 3, 2013 at 1:19 pm - Reply

    This couldn't have come at a better time. I in my own life am facing a very tough season in my marriage. The quote, "I know that my heart is large is enough to hold my suffering and strong enough to transform it," means so much to me right now. Sometimes I worry that this much pain must be so damaging. But then, I am reminded that my heart is strong and good, and resilient, and that it will help me through this really difficult time if I let it. Thanks, Mara.

  5. Julie J September 3, 2013 at 1:56 pm - Reply

    That was amazing and couldn't have been timed better for me. I am the one who quit their job without knowing what was next. I didn't mention that I am a single mom with a mortgage at the time. Since taking that HUGE leap of faith I have been led to become a Real Estate Agent (!). This is another huge leap of faith as I have been working on reclaiming my self worth- well I guess I never really had much self worth to be honest, but it took a serious hit when I was in a marriage that didn't work. I am crying right now, so grateful for your support in this journey. I have not been willing to share my decisions with many people, not having the energy to defend myself, so your support means so much to me! Thank you for this blog and for your tireless honesty. You are making such a difference in my life and the lives of countless others. Thank you , thank you, thank you!!

  6. Liv September 3, 2013 at 2:24 pm - Reply

    Many years ago we had a visitor in our ward who stated to the congregation, "in this moment, you are enough. You are doing better than you think you are."

    That always helps me put life into perspective when I'm facing a trial or the end of my rope. It doesn't make the difficulties any easier, but it's a good reminder that I will probably survive them.

    • H.M. September 3, 2013 at 7:36 pm - Reply

      How lovely, Liv. Thank you for sharing that. I think I need to say something similar to myself these days…

  7. Jess September 3, 2013 at 2:39 pm - Reply

    That was just beautiful. Can I print that out and put that on my wall? Such powerful words there.
    Good luck today with your appointment. Prayers and good vibes sent your way.

  8. Amy September 3, 2013 at 2:48 pm - Reply

    Those words were beautiful. And perfect. Thank you 🙂

    Best of luck and lots of prayers for your journey with IVF again!

  9. Alyssa September 3, 2013 at 2:52 pm - Reply

    This came at a perfect moment. Coming back to work from a vacation, knowing that this beautiful summer has ended, and seeing the next months ahead with many challenges and unforeseen stresses, has led me to feel uneasy, unsettled, a little sad today. But these words wiggled their way down into my heart. Especially those last two lines…I know that I have things to do, gifts to give, purposes to accomplish. I know that I am in the hands of God and perfectly, utterly safe.

    Thank you <3

  10. rachel elisabeth September 3, 2013 at 3:24 pm - Reply

    Thanks for the beautiful and empowering words and good luck to both of you during your journey.

    My husband and I are doing our first (and hopefully last!) round of IUI this month and I have been so hesitant to be excited about it because I don't want to be let down.. these words really helped me to remember to look at the good and know that we will one day have what we want so badly now.


  11. Kathy September 3, 2013 at 3:27 pm - Reply

    This was the first time I read your blog. I loved it. Good Luck to you. You will be in my prayers. I felt good after reading your blog which I think is the reason your wrote it. Good job!

  12. Catherine Gacad September 3, 2013 at 4:43 pm - Reply

    Mara, thank you for this beautiful post. Everything you say completely resonates with me. I had emailed about 10 days ago about a walk in the park, but maybe you are not doing them anymore? I understand if you are busy, but wanted to double check to see if the email went through.

  13. Original Kos September 3, 2013 at 4:46 pm - Reply

    So beautiful. Thank you for sharing, Mara. Thinking of you and Danny like crazy!

  14. Lisette September 3, 2013 at 4:57 pm - Reply

    I love the phrase "gathering strength" it really is symbolic of how you have the strength you just have to draw from it. Good luck with this second round.

  15. Kate September 3, 2013 at 5:07 pm - Reply

    needed this today. thank you, Mara.

  16. clay crew September 3, 2013 at 6:07 pm - Reply

    This was really profound. Good luck today! We'll be thinking of you guys.

  17. Kristin Brown September 3, 2013 at 7:05 pm - Reply

    I'll be thinking of the two of you as you start this IVF process again. Thank you so much for what you do on this blog.

  18. Kristen September 3, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    I wish you the best of luck as you begin your IVF round! I am on treatment day 3 of my first IVF round. Your earlier posts on your experience and recommendations have given me so much hope and comfort!

  19. 2dognite September 3, 2013 at 8:34 pm - Reply

    I found, and I know many others have as well, that the hope and happiness that you felt during your first IVF will come flooding back the next time around. Yes, you've been around the block now but the miraculous end goal remains the same. My IVF (and general life) mantra is Margaret Shepard's quote, "Sometimes your only available transportation is a leap of faith."

  20. dervla September 3, 2013 at 8:45 pm - Reply

    ooh that line: "I am the exquisite result of the combined lifetime of my ancestors"? WOW That is one powerful phrase, we are all the next in a long line stretching back further than we can see … and i wish for you that your line continues on after this IVF 🙂

  21. Tiffany September 3, 2013 at 10:03 pm - Reply

    Beautiful words! It is so what I needed to hear. I am trying to heal my body also. I am working daily to appreciate it, love it, cherish it–for all that it CAN do!

  22. Kate Sullivan Corpuz September 3, 2013 at 10:49 pm - Reply

    I have listened to this every night since we decided to go the IVF route, thanks to your recommendation. It brings me so much peace! Best wishes to you as your next IVF journey begins~

  23. Katie Fisher September 4, 2013 at 2:19 am - Reply

    This is what I needed at this moment. Thank you for once again being a conduit for peace and reassurance. Everyday brings challenges, but the challenges can be opportunities for growth and strength, or battles to beat us down simply by the eyes through which we view them, and I appreciate your consistently positive outlook on said challenges. May you rest well tonight after a day filled with new beginnings.

  24. Anonymous September 4, 2013 at 2:35 am - Reply

    Positive thoughts! No judgement, but just curious how your religious views play into your decision to conceive using IVF? I know lots of people use IVF to conceive, but am always curious how it coincides with Christian beliefs? Wishing you all the luck in the world as you travel down your path:)

  25. Anonymous September 4, 2013 at 2:37 am - Reply

    Good luck you, too! Two friends of mine did natural IVF at New Hope and are now both pregnant – something to consider? So much easier on your body and mind than traditional IVF. Sorry for the completely unsolicited advice, though! 🙂

  26. Claire September 4, 2013 at 2:45 am - Reply

    Bookmarking this to re-read in those moments when I need extra strength. I especially love "I am the exquisite result of the combined lifetimes of my ancestors."

    Sending so many positive thoughts your way

  27. Brett Vaughan September 4, 2013 at 8:41 am - Reply

    Nice blog. Very powerful. Good luck and hope it works out for you. Like your pics too BTW. 🙂

  28. jo September 4, 2013 at 3:41 pm - Reply

    this meditation is beautiful and just what i've been looking for! when i was pregnant with my son i listened to hypnobabies affirmations every night, and they were all beautiful uplifting messages like this. despite having a rough pregnancy and still having health problems and being overweight, it was the most beautiful i had felt in a long time, and i felt incredibly positive about my body despite all the problems i was having. i was looking for some affirmations that i could say or listen to that would help me to feel that way now, and this is it! thank you so much!

  29. leslie burket. September 4, 2013 at 11:53 pm - Reply

    Read this post in the pre-op room, God has such great timing, your post was a blessing!

  30. annegirl01 September 5, 2013 at 9:02 am - Reply

    Great, congratulations and be thankful for the blessing. This post is simply amazing.
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  31. Ginna September 5, 2013 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    This came at the perfect time! I just finished Oprah and Deepak's meditation series and was keeping an eye out for something new. I might even print this out to have on hand.

  32. Deborah September 6, 2013 at 1:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this post!! It came at the perfect time for me, I was feeling so overwhelmed by the onset of September. Then I read your post and felt at ease seeing it as a moment and phase change and bonus, I got excited for you! Thinking of you and Danny!

  33. Gabrielle - Design Mom September 6, 2013 at 7:28 pm - Reply

    Oh my. What beautiful words. I am tearing up! Thank you for sharing them. And thank you for keeping me in your thoughts. So comforting. Seriously. I am so touched. Thank you, thank you.

  34. Laura September 10, 2013 at 4:52 pm - Reply

    I like the idea of "request(ing) assistance from the invisible forces all around me." When I think about invisible forces, I usually think of them as negative. Like the universe working against you. (Which intellectually, I know isn't true even if it feels that way sometimes!) So I like the idea of reframing this and thinking about these as positive invisible forces of love and support that I can lean on when I need to.
    Great post. Thank you!

  35. heath September 26, 2013 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    I just stumbled across your blog in researching how women felt after their egg retrieval (which led me to your January post). Thought I'd read ahead and see how things are going for you. Good luck to you with this next cycle. My husband and I are heading to the Czech Republic in November for our first IVF cycle (we love to travel, and it'll be quite a bit cheaper there). I'm excited and nervous, but it's helpful to read other people's experiences and see how they're each coping. Thanks for sharing your experience. Prayers coming your way from Salt Lake City.–Heather

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