misagh and jamal’s wedding

misagh and jamal's weddingthe energetic and irrepressible duo of Misagh and Jamál were married in Edmonton on the evening of December 28, 2006, surrounded by friends and family. I’ve posted up the wedding photos, including pics from the rehearsal, ceremony, and reception. I’ve said it before, but I’ll say it again here: this must have been the shortest, the most moving and the most fun wedding I’ve ever been to, and that’s saying a lot. congrats to the newlyweds, and manifold blessings and confirmations be upon their newfound union 🙂

As well, do check out some video clips of freestyle raps by Ashraf and Karim of Edmonton-based, Bahá’í-inspired rap group Dialektika, who performed at the wedding reception. There’s the impromptu wedding freestyle:

and then there’s Karim’s freestyle at Denny’s after the wedding:

And no, that video isn’t online, but you can contact me to see it.

back from vacation

hey, I’m back from vacation in Vancouver, Edmonton and Winnipeg. I can finally say that I’ve visited Canada from coast to coast. Check out the map below.Canada Map Green provinces are ones I’ve visited, and red stars are major cities I’ve visited (including brief stopovers in Calgary and Saskatoon – hey, hanging around in the airport waiting for flights counts). Vancouver was mild and rainy, Edmonton was cold, and Winnipeg was cold and snowy.

Oh, and if you’re looking for vacation pictures—including the Baha’i wedding of Misagh and Jamál—look no further than flickr.

Moncton Saint John Quebec City Montreal Ottawa Toronto Winnipeg Saskatoon Edmonton Calgary Vancouver Prince Edward Island Nova Scotia New Brunswick Quebec Ontario Manitoba Saskatchewan Alberta British Columbia

pilgrimage photos

all you patient people. look at you out there, I could just kiss you! it’s taken a whole month, but your patience has been rewarded. my pilgrimage photos—all 545 of them—are now online on my flickr photostream. go see them, leave notes and comments (free flickr or yahoo account required), and, most of all, relive the nine-day pilgrimage to the Baha’i World Centre through my trusty camera. Oh yes, and tell your friends. kthx. bye.

post-pilgrimage two

baha'i terracesO Son of Being! Thy heart is My home; sanctify it for My descent. Thy spirit is My place of revelation; cleanse it for My manifestation. (Bahá’u’lláh)

Feeling better now, and getting back into the swing of things. I’ve got less laundry lying around, the jetlag has mostly faded, and work is getting back on track. Keeping alive the conscious contact with God is a challenge when there are so many things around to steal away your energy—the effect of messy, disorganized environment has begun to dawn on me quite clearly. So, ok, doing laundry is one step, but managing my time is another thing that saps a lot of my energy right now. I haven’t yet found one reliable way to manage my time that allows me to efficiently and consistently juggle all the different things going on in my life. Which reminds me: another step I would like to take is to rewrite the set of rules by which I carry new ideas to action. In the past, my pattern has been to impulsively jump on new projects that look interesting (shiny objects, anyone?) I’d like to adopt a new pattern, in which I run all these new ideas through a set of reality checks to weed out the projects that will obviously never get done. Hopefully, something like this would help me maintain focus on those important things that are most necessary in day-to-day life and those that are (hopefully) most aligned with the Will of God.

There’s been more prayer and meditation in my life lately, and my mood has improved, which is good. I feel like I’ve learned how to pray through being so close to the Holy Shrines and asking for help at the Sacred Thresholds. Attaining to the Presence of the Báb, Bahá’u’lláh, and ‘Abdul-Bahá was such a powerful experience—I feel like it’s left its mark on my soul, or at least I fervently hope it has. I hope that by the grace of God, I may be enabled to continue turning my will over to His day by day, one day at a time.

The grace of God is something I want to share about with you all—but that’ll have to wait for another night. Stay tuned and keep checking out the new pilgrimage photos on flickr. Also check out Maruška’s livejournal for another view of our pilgrimage from a fellow “Port Inner“.

post-pilgrimage one

moonlitThy love, O my Lord, hath enriched me, and separation from Thee hath destroyed me, and remoteness from Thee hath consumed me. (Bahá’u’lláh)

sadness came over me today as I realized that I was no longer in Haifa, and that pilgrimage was over. perhaps it was while posting my 100th pilgrimage photo to flickr, reliving the enriching thrill of nearness to the Holy Shrines, and fondly remembering all the new friends I made amongst my fellow pilgrims. since returning, I haven’t been following my daily programme of prayer, readings, and meditation as closely as I’d like. Maybe getting back on track with these will help soften the impact and help put me back into conscious contact with my Higher Power.

Catherine graciously typed out all the email addresses of people we met while on pilgrimage, so we can get back in touch with them, share photos, and so on. there’s a lot of getting in touch to do and I’m looking forward to that.

Yesterday morning, I dreamt that I was writing an exam at school – except that I didn’t recognize or understand most of the questions. For the ones I did understand, I didn’t have the tools I needed – for example, a ruler to measure lines, a calculator, etc. I remember feeling scared and anxious.