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Ways to Combat Stress

. . . in view of these passages, you may wish to focus some of your reading and meditations on the lives and sufferings of the Cen­tral Figures of the Faith. Similarly, we are assured by the Guardian that the Tablet of Ahmad, the Healing Prayer and the Fire Tablet each have a special potency, and you will doubtless wish to avail yourself of them, if you are not already doing so. It is interesting to note as well that Shoghi Effendi encouraged the believers to study the Dawn-Break­ers, which he described as an “unfailing instrument to allay distress.”  (From a letter written on behalf of the Universal House of Justice to an individual believer, 23 October, 1994)

As someone who suffers from adrenal fatigue I need to avoid all forms of stress, good and bad, while my adrenals recover.  If I don’t, I will never have the energy I need to serve the Faith I love so dearly.  This quote helped give some some great ideas on ways to allay distress:

  • focus some of my reading and meditations on the lives and sufferings of the Cen­tral Figures of the Faith
  • Recite the Tablet of Ahmad, the Long Healing Prayer and the Fire Tablet
  • study the Dawn-Break­ers 

I love all of these suggestions but I have a special connection to the Fire Tablet, because it’s like reading about Bahá’u’lláh’s bad day and the way He poured His heart out to God about all the things that were going wrong, and God answered back, very gently, reminding Him of the purpose of His tests and that His purpose was to “bear and endure”.  I also love the Dawn Breakers, because reading about the early believers and all the things they had to endure, puts my “first world problems” into perspective and I feel more grateful for the life I have with all its bounties and blessings, and I’ve learned that gratitude is one of the best ways to beat stress.

Knowing there are some concrete tools I can use to overcome stress, I am grateful!

What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation?  I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Fear into Faith:  Overcoming Anxiety

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The Purpose of Tests 

The Guardian urges you not to be discouraged by any set-backs you may have. Life is a process of trials and testings, and these are – contrary to what we are prone to thinking – good for us and give us stamina, and teach us to rely on God. (Shoghi Effendi, Unfolding Destiny, p. 453)

Lately I’ve been feeling like God is playing “whack a mole” with me.  I put my head up, try to take action in a certain direction and then get slammed down as the doors close.  This has repeated itself about 40 times in my life, and each time I’ve lost hope and each time, I try again, only to be pushed down.  When I made a list of all the times it happened, I was in awe at my steadfastness and my resilience.

I love this quote!  It’s such a helpful reminder.  When life doesn’t go my way and I easily fall into hopeless, helpless despair at ever understanding what God’s will for me is, this quote is the reality check I need to combat depression.  It helps me remember to thank God for sending me these tests, because without them, I wouldn’t have a reason for or remember to be totally reliant on God.  So the more tests I have, and the more I remember that they’re good for me, the less often I have to fall into self-pity.

I also like the reminder that life is a process of trials and tests.  This reminds me of the ebbs and flows of the natural world – the tides, the blood pumping through our bodies etc.  So I have a test and then there’s a chance to catch my breath before the next one.  Some days the challenges seem to come fast and furious but I remember that God never gives a soul more than they can handle and eventually there is a lull at the eye of the storm where I can process.

When I remember that there’s a purpose for all my tests, I breathe easier, and I am grateful!

What jumped out for you as you read today’s meditation?  I’d love it if you would share so we can all expand our knowledge of the Writings!

If you liked this meditation, you might also like my book Fear into Faith:  Overcoming Anxiety

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