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April 19th - Rejuvenate

Wednesday, April 19, 2017


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This is the season of renewal and replenishment...

Whatever we are waiting for
-peace of mind, contentment, grace, 
the inner awareness of Simple Abundance-

it will surely come to us,
but only when we are ready to receive it 
with open and grateful heart.




While you are waiting patiently,
take comfort and joy in simple springtime rituals of rejuvenation.



A favorite of mine is to search for a 
new sacred space out in the world.


This reminds me that we carry our serenity with us...
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I love Spring. 

I had the windows open all day and quite often would feel 
a cool breeze come across my way.

Sarah is right. 
Not everything comes when we want it to, 
(and not all things that we want will come, 
like who doesn't want a million dollars, am I right?)

but it will come, in time. 
We just have to be patient.




Do you remember Elder Uchtdorf's talk about the marshmallows? 

All I remembered was that the kid's had a choice, eat them now 
or don't eat them and get a second one in a given period of time. 

I did not remember how amazing the rest of the talk on patience was.



"Patience—the ability to put our desires on hold for a time—is a precious and rare virtue. We want what we want, and we want it now. Therefore, the very idea of patience may seem unpleasant and, at times, bitter.
Nevertheless, without patience, we cannot please God; we cannot become perfect. Indeed, patience is a purifying process that refines understanding, deepens happiness, focuses action, and offers hope for peace...
I learned that patience was far more than simply waiting for something to happen—patience required actively working toward worthwhile goals and not getting discouraged when results didn’t appear instantly or without effort.
There is an important concept here: patience is not passive resignation, nor is it failing to act because of our fears. Patience means active waiting and enduring. It means staying with something and doing all that we can—working, hoping, and exercising faith; bearing hardship with fortitude, even when the desires of our hearts are delayed. Patience is not simply enduring; it is enduring well!"

The entire talk is amazing, there is so much more than what I just quoted. 
I hope you'll go and read it. 


And Sarah has a good point, 
while we're waiting it's good to do some 
rejuvenating and replenishing rituals. 

I really like her idea of finding new sacred spaces. Recently it's been laying out on my fake grass in the front yard to soak up some sun, and smelling and admiring my lovely rose bushes. Today it was rocking my babies with the widow open and the breeze and sunshine whispering to us. 

Tonight it was getting some me time. 
Hello bath and sugar scrubs and nails. 

What do you do that makes you feel young and restored?

What makes you feel replenished 
so you can keep fighting the good fight?



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Gratitude Journal
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1) Cleaning. I really like to clean, does that make me weird?
2) Baths. They're pretty amazing.
3) Sparkly fuchsia nail polish.
4) Rocking chairs and cuddly babies.
5) My piano students. They're a riot. One of them today looked over at my sleeping dog and said "Is your dog dead?". Yep. I don't get rid of dead things, I just leave them where they dropped...no, my dog is not dead, but thanks for the laugh.
 
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