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How Bullet Journalling Helps Me Be a More Consistent & Systematic Baha’i

Baha’is all over the world are striving to systematize their efforts and to be methodical about their endeavours to “effect a transformation in the whole character of mankind, a transformation that shall manifest itself both outwardly and inwardly”. We are given Plans by the Universal House of Justice and are encouraged to think in quarterly cycles of action, reflection, and planning. On the personal level, Baha’u’llah tells us to “bring [ourselves] to account each day”, to strive to “let each morn be better than its eve and each morrow richer than its yesterday”, and Abdu’l-Baha encourages us to “be constant in offering [daily] obligatory prayer”. The theme of systematic action has also been further explored here on Baha’i Blog.

Bullet journaling has helped me to be reliable, methodical and systematic both in my personal devotions, as well as in my service to the world at large; it has helped me create my personal plans and be organized in my efforts and participation in community building initiatives. Of course, bullet journaling isn’t the only way to be systematic on a personal level, but I’d like to share my personal experience here in the hope that others might find something useful in it.  Continue reading

“Waters” by Poppy Villierezz [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog’s “Studio Sessions” is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Bristol, in the United Kingdom with Poppy Villierezz who sings “Waters” from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

BWNS: Counsellors’ Conversation on Spiritual Transformation and Social Change (Part 2)

Members of the Continental Boards of Counsellors joined in a conversation with the Baha’i World News Service in a podcast about the impact of spiritual and moral education programs offered by the Baha’i community on youth and the communities in which they live. In this episode, a group of African Counsellors reflect on the experience of Baha’i-inspired organizations by discussing some educational endeavors.  Continue reading

A Tribute to Bahiyyih Khanum, The Greatest Holy Leaf

Resting Place of the Greatest Holy Leaf (1846 - July 15, 1932), Bahiyyih Khanum, the daugher of Baha’u’llah, in the Monument Gardens on Mount Carmel in Haifa, Israel. Photo: courtesy of the Baha'i International Community.

Dearly-beloved Greatest Holy Leaf! Through the mist of tears that fill my eyes I can clearly see, as I pen these lines, thy noble figure before me, and can recognize the serenity of thy kindly face. I can still gaze, though the shadows of the grave separate us, into thy blue, love-deep eyes, and can feel in its calm intensity, the immense love thou didst bear for the Cause of thine Almighty Father, the attachment that bound thee to the most lowly and insignificant among its followers, the warm affection thou didst cherish for me in thine heart.

The tenderness and profound love in the description of those “blue, love-deep eyes” is one that has stayed in my mind and heart years after I read Shoghi Effendi’s moving and poignant love letter in remembrance of his beloved great aunt, the Greatest Holy Leaf, Bahiyyih Khanum.

Described by her Father, Baha’u’llah, as “one of the most distinguished among thy sex”, with “a station such as none other woman hath surpassed”, Bahiyyih Khanum is regarded as the most outstanding heroine of the Baha’i dispensation.  Continue reading

We Love Seeing You Wearing Baha’i Blog Apparel! (Part 1)

Baha’i Blog’s mission is to create, celebrate and explore Baha’i-inspired content, artistic expression and use of media, and one of the ways we explore Baha’i-inspired content is through apparel. We are thrilled to have created several T-shirt designs (available at our online shop) and we’re even more excited to see them being worn and learn about the impact they’re having. We are also grateful to see these images because the funds raised from our shirt sales helps us continue to create more Baha’i-inspired content. Thank you for sharing these images with us and thank you for supporting Baha’i Blog!

This little one’s mother shared with us these words: “I love that the shirts allow and encourage me to talk to others about the quotations or prayers that they stem from. And the designs are beautiful as well.”  Continue reading

Asking Questions about Income Inequality and the Aspirations of Ordinary People – A Talk by Holly Hanson

In this talk, Holly Hanson looks at the way in which rapidly growing extremes of wealth and poverty continue to shape the lives of every person on the planet. She looks at the big questions surrounding economic justice, such as: Can ordinary people make choices that take apart economic and social structures that have been intensifying inequality for several hundred years? And can we create economic structures that build reciprocity and solidarity? These questions are then explored by looking at communities that organized economic activities in the past that benefited the whole as well as the individual. She explores how they did it, why it worked, and whether their efforts are relevant now. She believes we can also look to the future to ask how people can learn systematically about making economic choices that lead to dynamic, united, and prosperous communities.

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Can I Be Spiritual and Care About My Clothes?

I was once explaining to someone about how my work as an image consultant supports people to find authenticity in themselves and in their clothes — and they were incredulous: “But, Glynis, humanity is sliding off a cliff and you want us to pay attention to what we wear?”

In considering the general state of the world around us, this is a perfectly understandable response. The very serious issues eroding and degrading the planet present an immediate responsibility to each of us to make conscious efforts to address them. For this reason, many concerned and deep-thinking people feel that there are more important areas to focus on than the seemingly superficial and materialistic subject of clothes.

In this article, I’d like to explore ideas of discovering and expressing our true selves through the clothes we choose to wear.  Continue reading

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