Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 28: Linda Kavelin-Popov

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode I interview the wonderful Linda Kavelin-Popov, a psychotherapist, award-winning writer, and one of the creators of the globally acclaimed ‘Virtues Project’, which is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year! Linda tells me the story behind the Virtues Project, and why she and her husband moved to the beautiful Cook Islands. We also discuss death and dealing with loss, the importance of prayer and meditation, plus we even do a fun activity at the end of the podcast where I pick a Virtues Card and we reflect on how it relates to my life. I hope you enjoy this conversation as much as I did!

To find out more about Linda Kavelin-Popov, and some of the things we covered in this podcast, check out the following links:

  • Find out more about ‘The Virtues Project’ from their website and social media pages below:
  • Check out Linda’s personal blog here:
  • You can read Baha’i Blog’s interview with Linda about the Virtues Project here: Celebrating 30 Years of The Virtues Project: An Interview with Linda Kavelin-Popov
  • New Zealand’s ‘Baha’i on Air’ TV show also did an interview with Linda which you can watch here:
    Graceful Ending Interview (Part 1)
    Graceful Ending Interview (Part 2)
  • Linda quotes the following passage from The Four Valley’s by Baha’u’llah: “A servant is drawn unto Me in prayer until I answer him; and when I have answered him, I become the ear wherewith he heareth…” -Baha’u’llah
  • Linda quotes the following passage from The Book of Certitude by Baha’u’llah: “One hour’s reflection is preferable to seventy years of pious worship”
  • Linda quotes from Jeremiah 33:3 in the Hebrew Bible (or Old Testament): “…call to me and I will answer you and show you great and hidden things you do not know…”
  • Linda mentions how Abdu’l-Baha said: “…things of which man kew nothing will be unfolded before his sight…”
  • Linda quotes the following from Shoghi Effendi: “…you rise from prayer as if your prayer has already been answered…”
  • Linda mentions ‘The Fire Tablet‘ by Baha’u’llah.
  • Linda talks about her father, former member of the Universal House of Justice, Borrah Kavelin.
  • Linda talks about her brother, John Kavelin. You can watch an interview with John here on this ‘Baha’i on Air’ episode.
  • The book ‘Portals to Freedom’ by Howard Colby Ives is mentioned in this interview.
  • Linda talks about the ‘five spiritual strategy’s of the virtues project’ which you can learn more about here.
  • You can find all of our episodes here on the Baha’i Blogcast page, and be sure to ‘subscribe’ to the Baha’i Blogcast for more upcoming episodes on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify and Soundcloud.

    Thanks for listening!

    -Rainn Wilson

    About the Author

    Naysan is the editor of Baha'i Blog and he has worked in various avenues of media for two decades. He’s passionate about using the arts and media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith and he has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the "DawnBreaker Collective" and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of "MANA" albums. His experience as a producer for CNN was invaluable while working on a number of special projects for the Baha’i World Centre, including the "Building Momentum" and "Pilgrimage: A Sacred Experience" videos. If there’s a media-related Baha’i project out there, chances are that Naysan was involved with it somehow!

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