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. . . 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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