Unraveling the Mystery of Confidence
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by Pamela Douglas
6d ago
Some people exude a natural tendency to be self-confident. They seem to coast through life achieving success in whatever they do. They appear not to be hindered by any fear whatsoever. Other people, like me, seem to come into this life struggling with insecurity. We find it tremendously challenging to trust our abilities and are often overpowered by self-consciousness and doubt. Having spent a lifetime grappling with this unfair reality, I have come to understand that both tendencies often lead to an undesirable outcome. While the latter may lead to underdeveloped potential, the former may re ..read more
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Moments of Truth: Stories About Nights When the Light Gets In
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by Sonjel Vreeland
1w ago
Moments of Truth: Stories About Nights When the Light Gets In is a book by veteran journalist and writer Keith McDonald. It’s about ordinary people dealing with moral dilemmas and it contains short stories and personal essays all about searching for a moral compass in times of difficulty. Keith kindly shared with us about his book, what it’s about, and the exciting development that paved the way for its publication: First, can you tell us a little about yourself? Writer Keith McDonald I was born in 1950 in England. I lived until my early 20s in Croydon, south London. I went into journalism w ..read more
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Monthly Reflection: Nur (Light) – On the Purpose of Light & Some Ways We Reflect It 
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by Ariana Salvo
2w ago
Photo courtesy of the Baha’i International Community The following is our monthly newsletter. You can get a copy sent directly to your inbox! Everywhere I turn lately, people are talking about light. A few weeks ago a total solar eclipse drew millions across the world outside to observe just how powerful the light of the sun really is. This was followed by the dramatic and unusual appearance of auroras (Northern and Southern Lights) in places where they are not typically visible and long after the time of year when they are normally at their peak. Earlier this week I came across a won ..read more
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Waves – A Devotional Album by Nightingales
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by Sonjel Vreeland
2w ago
I love seeing Baha’i-inspired musical initiatives share more and more of their work online for everyone to enjoy. It’s been a thrill to enjoy the music of the Edinburgh Sessions, to partake of their singles when they became Nightingales, and to now know that they have released a whole album titled Waves! Band member Payam Beint kindly agreed to tell us all about it! Can you tell us a little about yourselves and the band? Musicians Maureen (L) and Payam Beint (R) We are Payam and Maureen of Nightingales. We formed in Edinburgh three years ago. Both of us had worked on different  ..read more
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Do We Transform Through Effort or Grace?
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by Peter Gyulay
3w ago
As humans we appear to be unique. As far as we know, we are the only creatures on this earth with rationality and the ability to consciously direct our lives. In other words, we have free-will. But of course, despite our ability to make conscious decisions, in another real sense, we are at the mercy of the world. Even when it comes to our own beings, we are constrained by our physical and psychological makeup. This makes me wonder, to what extent is our spiritual transformation in our “own hands”? This is a longstanding question, perhaps since the time of the ancient yogis of India who develo ..read more
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The Trumpet Blast – A New Book About Tahirih
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by Sonjel Vreeland
1M ago
Roya Akhavan has written a book about Tahirih that shares never-before seen excerpts from her discourse. It is called The Trumpet Blast: Removing the Veil from the Advent of the Promised One. I will readily admit; I knew very little about Tahirih other than a handful of facts and one particular oft-quoted translated poem. Roya’s book is thrilling in what it uncovers and shares, and her process of putting the book together is exciting in its own right. We are very grateful to hear from Roya about the import of this new publication and how it came to be: Can you please tell us a little bit ..read more
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Monthly Reflection: Azamat (Grandeur) – On the Power of the Sun
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by Sonjel Vreeland
1M ago
The following is our monthly newsletter. You can get a copy sent directly to your inbox! Next week Baha’is and their friends all over the world will celebrate the Declaration of the Bab. There is something sublimely magnificent about this historic anniversary that commemorates what happened in those quiet hours of the night in Shiraz in 1844. My mind can’t take in the magnitude of what being in the presence of the Bab and receiving His Message might have been like; attempting to comprehend it is like trying to look directly at the sun and study it. My corner of the world recently exp ..read more
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A Love Letter to Mothers
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by Sonjel Vreeland
1M ago
Dear mothers, I struggle. I struggle with deepening my understanding and carrying out my sacred role as a mother, without allowing feelings of guilt, inadequacy, or pressure to get the better of me. There. I said it! I recently took on a commitment that I regretted. It involved a virtual late night meeting of intense study and consultation and I was burnt out. The friend organizing the study had very graciously told the mothers in the group that we all had permission to not show up, without explanation, if family obligations or life prevented us from attending. I told myself I would just look ..read more
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Zia’s Search – A Book About Mulla Husayn & Spiritual Maturity
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by Sonjel Vreeland
1M ago
Linda Ahdieh Grant is always cooking up wonderful projects! Her most recent work is a book published by Palabra Press about Mulla Husayn and about becoming a youth and reaching the spiritual age of maturity. It’s titled Zia’s Search: Learning from Mulla Husayn. My kiddos and I really love when historical stories and Baha’i concepts are presented through the eyes and questioning minds of contemporary protagonists — for example, we love Linda’s book about Fujita called Sometimes I Made Him Laugh. I’m thrilled Linda was able to share with us all about her latest book! Can you tell us a little bi ..read more
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What My Morning Coffee Teaches Me About Sacrifice
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by Pamela
1M ago
I am an ecologist at heart, a spiritual ecologist at the core. I see every created thing as a sign of the Creator and fully embrace that I am intrinsically interwoven with it all — my thoughts, intentions, words, actions and deeds are all having an effect on everything and everyone, just as much as I am being affected by all that is happening in the world around me. Through this lens, the interconnectedness of all things and the spirit flowing through it come into focus — even down to my simple morning cup of French-pressed coffee. As the coffee is being prepared, a prayer of gratitude flows ..read more
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