Thursday, July 31, 2008
As a Bahá’í, my thoughts on death (and God) are less ominous - I view death more as life after life....
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Son of Bahá’u’lláh, the Prophet Founder of the Bahá’í Faith, writes:
"O my God! O Thou forgiver of sins, bestower of gifts, dispeller of afflictions!
Verily, I beseech Thee to forgive the sins of such as have abandoned the physical garment and have ascended to the spiritual world.
O my Lord! Purify them from trespasses, dispel their sorrows, and change their darkness into light. Cause them to enter the garden of happiness, cleanse them with the most pure water, and grant them to behold Thy splendors on the loftiest mount."
...life (after life) is a beautiful thing.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
I ran yesterday! Well, that's only partly true. Kalila and I walked home from Haifa University after work - and we decided to run for part of it. (I swear it was at least a 1/2 mile!)
Before I give you back story on my impetus for last night's jog - let me fill you in on my history with running.... I don't run.
Ok, well that's not exactly true, either. I'll run if the situation calls for it - like, is there a large angry man chasing me? Can I take him? No? Does he have a gun? Because I can't out run bullets... Does he have a knife? Maybe? Ok, I'll run - downhill, please? And, to be fair, I'll also run if I need to get somewhere faster - or, oddly enough, if I'm really excited or happy.
So by now, you may be wondering why - in light of my (former) anti-running policy - was she running last night?
Flash forward to The Things We Do For Love.... By my calculations, Bruce Wayne (ahem. Batman) is in need of a new leading lady. Enter yours truly. Consider me in training.
And if you happen to know someone who knows someone? Let me be the first to promise not to let my whirlwind affair with my future husband completely eclipse the premiere. Just saying.
P.S. I don't think I hate running anymore - I certainly don't feel like a part of me is dying....
Sunday, July 27, 2008
So awhile ago I had a chat with my mom (Hi Mom!) and we talked about gardens and the like. *She's quite an avid gardener* Well, I told her about my flat, and how Kalila and I were wanting to grow things: so here they are! And they're still alive!
Exhibits A and B:
And I also have lavender - which I truly love!
Friday, July 25, 2008
Thursday, July 24, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
But even with this minor annoyance (and minor blister) - I think it actually really lovely how seriously Israeli's, specifically those in Haifa, take their religious tradtions - especially the Sabbath. I think we can actually learn a lot for the Jewish community, in this instance. I mean, if you have faith in God - and God asks you to do (or not do) something, you should take that seriously, yes?
Monday, July 7, 2008
For the benefit of those of you who haven't seen the movie/to refresh your memory, there is a scene in which the metaphysicists are discussing molecular density. They (the scientists) have been able to prove that cells, on a molecular level, exist in two (or more?) places at once. What they are unable to determine (so far) is what in the world of creation lends molecular density.
‘Abdu’l-Bahá, son of Bahá’u’lláh - the Prophet Founder of the Bahá'í Faith, mentions that love (L.O.V.E.) is the foundation of all existence. So then I got to thinking about this in relation to the scientific information provided in What the Bleep..., and I thought about the moments that we, as humans, really and truly experience love - in its purest forms. Are we more molecularly dense in those moments? How are we otherwise able to maintain our physical reality? I am not capable of sustaining the kind of love I feel is necessary to maintain the molecular density required for physical existence....
Then I began to reexamine what I really know about love, and I was reminded of this beautiful passage from the Hidden Words of Bahá’u’lláh:
"O Son of Man!
I loved thy creation, hence I created thee. Wherefore, do thou love Me, that I may name thy name and fill thy soul with the spirit of life."
God's love is the basis of all creation; His love for His creation is the only thing powerful enough to keep our molecules united. Therefore, the purpose of the entire creation is love and unity - from protons and neutrons to humanity itself.... You are literally, and can be figuratively, walking and talking manifestions of God's love (L.O.V.E.). Thanks for sharing some more of my quirky thoughts. For more information on constructive methods of acheiving unity, visit http://www.bahai.org/.