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The Rite of Spring

BRING MOI TO YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD 

use these suggestions to spark your own plan for cultivating and feeding your hearts together

"Give me good mothers and I'll save the world."  Pius X

Learn more about the keys that unlock the heart in the

Sleeping Beauty video -

where Marlene introduces the languages of the heart in the way only she can.  Naturally, you'll want to set a time to share your thoughts with each other.

 

"A love of Beauty is not only how we will survive challenges - it is what will heal our world." Marlene Peterson

"Beauty is a quality of divinity, and to live much with the beautiful is to live close to the divine.  Every beauty in any form...refines and elevates character."

Orison Swett Marden

 "A Heart Like His" by Virginia H Pearce introduces the concept of simply paying attention to the condition of your heart in order to open it even more.   After reading the book, you might decide you want to do the Awareness Experiment she describes together.  

"Knowing how it feels when I experience His love is so important, and knowing what I can do to increase the frequency of that feeling is important because my capacity to experience His love is the model for how well I love others."

*This book is written specifically to a Latter-Day Saint audience but isn't doctrine specific.

Beth Berry writes about the hearts of mothers in this

thought provoking post: 

In the Absence of the Village,

Mothers Struggle Most 

 

“How does an entire nation of mothers shift a storyline this massive while individually and collectively weakened by the absence of the very thing we so desperately need?”

"We can buy into, make peace with, and conform to the way things are, or exercise the freedoms our foremothers and fathers won for us and commit to doing our unique and essential part in creating change, starting within us and working our way out."

Host a "favorite things" gathering.  Invite friends to bring a story, a picture, a song, or a poem that has meaning to them and share them with the group.

 

 You'll be amazed how quickly languages of the heart help us to build stronger relationships and cultivate desire.

 

"Once you slow down & look long enough...mysteries will begin to unfold before you... When we see with clear eyes, we know that we are surrounded with beauty. Let yourself fall in love with your life by paying attention. "

John Muir Laws 

WHAT COMES NEXT...

 

Below are the resources for MOI gatherings - use them to lift your heart and to lift the hearts of others through your encircling reach.

Remember you're cultivating unified relationships, honoring freedom and discovery, and focusing on the languages of the heart. 

 

DEEPEN YOUR ROOTS

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OUTWARD FROM YOUR HEARTS

EXPLORATION & DISCOVERY

Make MOI your own by deciding what you'd like to do together. Structure it just enough to keep it cohesive and working for you. Will you meet at the same time and place?  Will you take turns hosting? What parts will your gathering have? Look over the resources and decide what feels right for now. You certainly don't have to use everything all at once.  This is a journey and you have plenty of time.  Follow where your heart leads you and rotate in new things whenever you're ready.  

MOI should fill your heart - if it doesn't, go back to the Heart of MOI Page and

consider any adjustments

DEEPEN YOUR ROOTS

THE CATCH THE VISION INTRODUCTORY COURSE  

The pattern for learning begins with desire.  If you had a great experience together and want to keep the momentum going we'd highly recommend starting here. The Introductory Course is designed to help you start a daily habit of feeding your heart.  If you want to go even deeper try the Catch the Vision Challenge. 

DEEPEN YOUR ROOTS

ACCEPT  THE CATCH THE VISION CHALLENGE 

The Catch the Vision Challenge uses the Well-Educated Heart Reference Library and is for anyone willing to take the time and effort to really catch the vision of how to lift hearts - including your own.There's plenty of material for you to explore and discover for a long time. You can even keep track of what you have read here and receive the Mothers of Influence pin and final book of the library when you finish.  

INCREASE INSPIRED GROWTH

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INCREASE INSPIRED GROWTH

MOTHERS UNIVERSITY

The Spirit needs something to work with and the more you study, the more connections it can make. The Mother's University is designed to give you something to continue feeding upon and to deepen your understanding of the individual languages of the heart.  It's set up as a twelve-month rotation schedule so that you can stockpile your heart with good things.  MU is meant to be revisited every year - so sample whatever you have time for and pick up where you left off when you come around again next year.  

NURTURE HOME

THE LIFE-GIVING HOME

“In our deepest hearts, we want home to be a place where our spirits are filled. A lifegiving haven of warmth, rest, and joy that will encourage everyone who enters it; a welcoming respite in an isolated culture; a life-giving home ‘creating a place of belonging and becoming."  Sally Clarkson

 

We love Sally Clarkson’s The Life-giving Home: Creating a Place of Belonging and Becoming.   It’s filled with heartwarming ideas for every month of the year.   We’ve found this book to be a nice compliment to the monthly rotation of the Mother’s University and particularly strong in its message of nurturing the heart of your home and family.

NURTURE YOUR OWN HEART

THE DELPHIAN COURSE

Marlene has said "If I could have designed a college-level course of study for the moms in this group, this is what it would look like. This is a study for the heart –with an emphasis at looking at the languages of art, music, poetry and literature of the ages with just enough history to put it in context. And I especially love that when you study the Ancient Egyptians or Babylonians or Greeks or Medieval times, you get a glimpse into their homes and their family lives; their systems of education and learning, things that are relevant to us in our everyday lives.”  It may not be the study you begin with, but we want you to know it’s here when you are ready.  As a note: you'll find many Delphian readings are already integrated into Mother’s University where you can have a little taste each month.

NURTURE THE HEARTS OF CHILDREN

THE WEH ROTATION

You're building a reservoir of stories.  The more you have stored up inside of you, the more they will naturally spill out when they're needed.  The rotation can help you build that reserve.  If you have a hard time choosing, start at the Forgotten Classics.  Bring your children along if you'd like, but choose what you do based on your interest and desire. You don't have to read whole books or even read things in order - follow your heart and see where it leads you.   What are looking for?  "Two words guide our study: understand and appreciate, which is really another way of saying love. I want each nation and people to have a chance to share their gifts and discoveries; to tell their stories. I would ask of them: What truths did you discover and apply? What have you taught us by your religion and its role in your lives, by your methods of education? What does your art, your stories, your lore and legends, your cultural celebrations, reveal about the hearts of your people? What mistakes have you made we can learn from? Tell us about your leaders and your forms of government. Tell us about your noble sons and daughters and your wayward ones."  

WEH Reference Library Vol. 2 pg 37

CULTIVATE AN ENCIRCLING REACH

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NURTURE THE HEART OF COMMUNITY

BE A LIGHT

“There is an answer to the passionate longing of the heart for fulness... and the answer is this: Live in all things outside yourself by love and you will have joy. This is the life of God; it ought to be our life.”    Robert Browning

Fill your heart — go to concerts and art galleries, host poetry teatimes or hike in the mountains. Practice creating things - learn to paint, draw, knit, crochet, even arrange flowers. Make music, tell your favorite stories, read and memorize poetry, learn to see the beauty in everyday things - and then share it all! Look for simple but meaningful ways to lift those around you.  Use your talents and interests to create opportunities to awaken and lift other hearts - especially those of children.  

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NURTURE THE HEART OF COMMUNITY

THE MOI MAP

Mothers of Influence is growing everywhere.  If for some reason your circumstances don't allow you to gather a MOI group in your neighborhood we want to help you make connections.   Visit the Map Page to learn more.