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Learning From Moroni

I love how life works. I believe if, at our core, we are willing to be taught, there will be lessons in abundance. Most times, however, the lessons that will truly shape us are the ones that are not so obvious in the beginning (and sometimes middle and end). 

Most of the time my life lessons unfold for me when I am on the trail. It is my time away from the world and there is something cathartic about pushing myself physically. There is usually an opening within my heart and soul. Today was no different.

Let me back up a bit.

For the past few months I have been struggling spiritually, mentally and physically. It is as though there have been very specific attacks made on each level. Spiritually I have had more questions about where I stand before God, within my religion and my relationship with Jesus Christ. Mentally the struggles have been with clarity of mind (or the lack thereof), desires to move forward, and the strength to meet the challenges each day presents. Physically presented with sheer exhaustion and lack of strength to accomplish things that have been pretty doable.

The relentless attacks have definitely done a number on me.

Questions within my heart have surfaced. Questions like: what am I doing wrong? am I making so many bad choices that I am left unto myself? what is wrong with me? and am I really strong enough to do this?

Monday night our family was sharing some spiritual discussions, led by my 16 year-old son. He shared two verses of scriptures that he had been pondering and found an incredible tie between the two.

  1. “And if men come unto me I will show unto them their weakness. I give unto men weakness that they may be humble; and my grace is sufficient for all men that humble themselves before me; for if they humble themselves before me, and have faith in me, then will I make weak things become strong unto them.” (Ether 12:27)
  2. “But behold, to their astonishment, the city of Noah, which had hitherto been a weak place, had now, by the means of Moroni, become strong, yea, even to exceed the strength of the city Ammonihah.” (Alma 49:14)

Moroni is a true hero in my eyes. This man was a spiritual giant, military genius and an overall warrior. His ability to see, prepare, strengthen, and fortify saved a nation.

As I was running on the trail today, my mind was pondering these two verses of scripture. I asked myself how od they relate to me right now? If I could have a sit down chat with Moroni, what would he teach me in this moment?

The answer came.

How did Moroni know that the city of Noah was a weak place? It had been attacked before. Just like this city, there are certain aspects of me that have taken some pretty brutal, specific attacks recently. The more I look at them, the more I want to shed them like a snake sheds its skin. These qualities are not strength, in fact they are weak and ugly, yet they are a part of me at this point in my life.

I needed to be acutely aware of these weaknesses, because, according to the Lord, they are opportunities to come to Him.

I have to be brutally honest here, this is not something that comes natural to the mortal part of me. Overcoming deep weaknesses is terrifying at a certain level. It is scary to give up fear when it feels like a crutch or let my heart open to love when I am not sure I want to. Yet, these weaknesses (and many more that I have discovered) are keeping me from becoming more.

Moroni taught me that in order to strengthen a weakness I have to be aware of it through attacks. He taught me that paying attention to this will allow me to develop strength within myself that I had never imagined I could have. He taught me that diligence and faith are far more powerful than any attack that is launched to bring me down.

Today, I am learning. I am repenting. I am overcoming.

 

 

 

 

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The Strength Hiding In Your Weakness

This is an incredible blog post that I had to re-post today! For one like me who has felt weakness at every level, I have learned from these lessons about the strength that hides there. It can only be found when we are seeking….

 

During the time I have worked with people as a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Personal Coach, there is one thing that holds people back from getting the help they desire. They are tired of being stuck in their weight, stuck in their work, relationships, and their unwanted emotions.

In essence, they are sick and tired of being sick and tired. In spite of how they feel, there is one thing that holds them back from working with me…

They perceive that getting the help of someone else means that:

  • They are weak
  • There is something wrong with them
  • They are broken
  • They are crazy because only crazy people work with a hypnotherapist

Their perception is keeping them from receiving the help that they desire. As a result, the strength that they have is never allowed to come forward. In this case, their strength is hidden by their weakness.

Lessons About The Strength Hiding In Your Weakness

The Strength Hiding In Your WeaknessI want to help you see this from a different point of view. I feel that once you see it from the proper perspective, you will see this for what it is.

I have learned a number of valuable lessons about this.

1. Those that come seeking help are demonstrating their strength, not weakness. When people come to see me, even if I know nothing else about them, I know that they are strong just by the mere fact we are working together. They are showing that they want to be better, they want to improve, they want to heal, and they want to overcome.

Those are signs of strength, not weakness.

I know plenty of people that are comfortable being uncomfortable. Even though they are miserable, they are okay staying uncomfortable because they don’t want to change. Even though they have the strength and power needed to change, their weakness gets in the way of what could be their strength.

The lesson: Weakness never seeks strength.

2. The achievements of top performers are rarely achieved on their own. Every top performer I know is constantly looking for an edge; a way to have an advantage over others. That one little tip, tweak, or change can make all the difference in the world.

Because they want to improve and get better, they seek outside direction and guidance. This is normally done in the form of a coach or trainer. Because of the expertise of the coach, they can guide them on how to improve and be better. Even top performing mothers have a “coach” that they go to for advice. That coach is usually their own mother as they seek her advice and experience.

As I started my own business, I frequently sought out the advice of other coaches. I spent thousands of dollars on people that taught me how to start a business, how to do marketing, build websites, and much more. Their expertise shortened my learning curve and helped me find success faster.

The lesson: Seeking outside help will make you stronger in a shorter period of time.

3.  Having a support system provides confidence and comfort during difficult times. I learned this lesson when I was very young.

At age 16, the mother of one of my high school friends was terminally ill with brain cancer. On the night of her passing, I found out about it pretty quick and I made the decision just to go be with him and do what I could to lighten his burden.

To be honest, I don’t remember much of what happened that night. I remember that we talked a little, played some ping pong, and I did my best to help him smile. I know that as a 16 year old, my ability to provide comfort was limited.

However, this friend constantly thanked me for coming over that night to support him. Even well into my adult years and being married, he would still send me messages thanking me for what I did for him that night.

I understand what he meant. A little over 10 years ago, my father passed away. It was a very difficult time in my life. I still remember the people that sent cards, brought over a meal, those that stopped by to visit, and those that came to pay their respects. I remember those gestures because they were a source of strength.

The lesson: Having support of others is not a weakness, it is a valuable strength.

This is why there is strength hiding in your weakness. The “weakness” that you want to overcome helps bring out that strength of your character. It is that strength of wanting to improve and be the person you were meant to be.

I hope you can see this from a different point of view now and that your strength can shine through your weakness.

reblogged from www.hypnotherapyfreemind.com

Mercy In Weakness

roseflippedWeakness is something I have fought against for as long as I remember. It has always been the proverbial thorn in my side, no matter how it manifests itself in my life. In all of its forms, weakness has made me feel like I am ‘less than’ and unable to become who I am meant to be.

There is a scripture in the Book of Mormon that talks about our weaknesses and why we have them. As many times as I have read this scripture, it has brought but little comfort to my heart that continually desires strength. The prophet Moroni, one who I am sure felt his fair share of weaknesses as he watched his father, family and people be slaughtered by the enemy, shares this insight: (more…)

Brave Enough

file0001410056452I am always in awe when a song can capture exactly what my heart feels. It is always incredible when the emotion, lyrics and music of the song create a moment within me that allows a special release of what is inside. The power of song is truly amazing.

Hold Me Now‘ by Red is one of the most emotional songs I have ever experienced. As I listen to his raw voice singing, I realize that this song is one that has come from his soul. His description of falling, fear, and holding on creates the imagery of someone doing their best to stay strong in spite of life requiring more than they feel they have to give. (more…)

Vulnerable Strength

beltpromojune 121We are currently involved in a Boot Camp. This camp is a training ground for us to receive our next belt in karate. The closer we get to our black belt, the more intense the training has become. It is as it should be.

During one of our camps one of our instructors told us what the ceremony was for those who had successfully achieved their next belt. They would stand in horse stance and all of the black belts would walk by and either punch or kick them in the stomach. It sounded a little barbaric to me, however tradition was defining. What he said next stuck with me at a deep level.

“There is something about surrendering yourself to total vulnerability that creates within you the knowledge that you can do hard things.” (more…)

Weakness = Growth

file0001748142009Working out is one of the most inspiring times of my day. I love the ideas I get and the lessons I am taught while I am sweating buckets. I find that when I am trying to avoid the pain that comes with improving myself, my mind tries to go anywhere else. It is in the wanderings that I have learned so much. (more…)

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