staying home tonight, blogging and listening to some friends DJing internet radio. Thanksgiving weekend was wonderful; much thanks and praise was voiced, and much turkey was eaten. Our latest tutor movement session took place on Wednesday—the ‘spiritual preparation’ I mentioned in my last post. It’s been going really well; for my part, I’ve gotten a lot of support and encouragement from going. It’s been friendly, fun, reflective, with a good mix of guidance, discussion and practice. Practice dominates what we do—gaining experience seems to be the key goal, along with gaining confidence. The more you practice a simple act like studying a prayer with someone or elevating conversations with people around you, the more comfortable you become doing it.
Speaking of simple acts, you may be aware that since the turn of the (21st) century, the worldwide Baha’i community has been offering what it calls core activities of personal and community spiritual development—not only to its own members, but to all the world’s inhabitants. These include devotional gatherings (centered around prayers, readings, reflection), children’s classes (centered around the moral and spiritual education of children), study circles (centered around learning through individual and group reflection on divine writings), and junior youth groups (centered around increasing the capacities of youth aged 12-14). The Canadian Baha’i community recently released two videos that offer glimpses into the first two of these; check them out at the above link or download low-bandwidth versions here: (devotional meetings—children’s classes). Right-click either one of these two links and choose “Save Target As…” or “Save Link As…”, and save them to your local computer. Watch both of these videos and you may see people you recognize from the Ottawa and Gatineau Baha’i communities!