Welcome to the Month of Will 172!
In this issue – Parenting
A Story from Shoghi Effendi’s Childhood
He also tells us the story of Shoghi Effendi’s first Tablet from ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. Dr. Bagdadi states that when Shoghi Effendi was only five years old he was pestering the Master to write something for him, whereupon ‘Abdu’l-Bahá wrote this touching and revealing letter in His own hand:
He is God! O My Shoghi, I have no time to talk, leave me alone! You said “write”—I have written. What else should be done? Now is not the time for you to read and write, it is the time for jumping about and chanting “O my God!”, therefore memorize the prayers of the Blessed Beauty and chant them that I may hear them, because there is no time for anything else.
It seems that when this wonderful gift reached the child he set himself to memorize a number of Bahá’u’lláh’s prayers and would chant them so loudly that the entire neighbourhood could hear his voice; when his parents and other members of the Master’s family remonstrated with him, Shoghi Effendi replied, according to Dr. Bagdadi, “The Master wrote to me to chant that He may hear me! I am doing my best!” and he kept on chanting at the top of his voice for many hours every day. Finally his parents begged the Master to stop him, but He told them to let Shoghi Effendi alone. (Ruhiyyih Rabbani, The Guardian of the Bahá’í Faith, p. 4-5)
Prayer for Youth
O Thou kind Lord! Grant that this youth may attain unto that which is the highest aspiration of the holy ones. Endow him with the wings of Thy strengthening grace—wings of detachment and divine aid—that he may soar thereby into the atmosphere of Thy tender mercy, be able to partake of Thy celestial bestowals, may become a sign of divine guidance and a standard of the Concourse on high. Thou art the Potent, the Powerful, the Seeing, the Hearing. (‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Fire and Light, p. 20-21)
Colby and Awu
This month I’d like to feature Colby and Awu, an incredibly unique musical duo. Colby is an American rapper and lyricist based out of Phoenix, Arizona with a passion for peace and social justice. Awu is a vocalist and guitar player from Cameroon whose love for music is second to none.
Their music is a blend of pop and hip-hop, mixed in with some African roots. They always provide a message that is socially and spiritually conscious. Their purpose for creating music is to uplift humanity and inspire action for positive change.
Their debut album, “Change the World“ was released in 2013. In the summer of 2014, Awu released his hit song and music video, “If a Can, Can“, which was a theme song for the FIFA World Cup. The song went viral, and has amassed nearly 100,000 total views and plays online from countries all over the world. In early 2015, Colby released two tracks, titled “Education Is Not A Crime” and “Oh Yaran (7 Years)“, that highlight the social injustice faced by the members of the Baha’i Faith in the country of Iran.
Although I hope you’ll listen to the songs mentioned above, we’ll focus on their title track “Change the World”, because isn’t that what parents want to do when raising their children? These youth are great examples to future generations of what can be done!
If you like it, please share widely – once it reaches 10,000 views, they’ll release their next official music video for their new song “Paradigm.”
Spiritual Mothering, Toward an Ever-Advancing Civilization by Rene Knight-Weiler is a collection of essays written by parents around the world on themes vital to every parent and parent-to-be, including:
· The Noble Job of Parenthood
· Love and Nurturing
· Believing in Our Children
· Becoming a Non Critical Parent
· Creating a Spiritual Atmosphere in the Home
· Developing Spiritual Capacities
· Why God Loves Daddies
Written by individuals with their uniquely personal thoughts, experiences and interactions, with the spiritual guidance provided by the Bahá’í writings, all the essays provide a channel for sharing wisdom and understanding.
The essays are written with such honesty, openness, encouragement and willingness to share the reality of the struggle to align our family lives with Bahá’u’lláh’s teachings that readers cannot help but find comfort in them.
Douglas L. Waldruff, PhD, is a psychotherapist with over 26 years of experience providing individual, couple and family therapy to help people of all ages deal with the complex stresses of modern life.
He received his Masters and Doctorate degrees in Child Development and Family Relations and has worked with clients with virtually every psychiatric diagnosis. He provides progressive and alternative coaching to individuals, couples and families in a comfortable and supportive atmosphere.
He assists people to deal with all of life’s normal developmental concerns like work and work related issues, intimate relationships, having children, parenting issues and growing older.
His support includes:
- Sexual and Relationship Problems
- Addiction & Recovery
- Conflict Resolution
- Health and Wellness Coaching
- Personal Growth and Empowerment
- Performance Enhancement
- Stress Management
- Trauma and Recovery
- PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder)
- EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing)
- Ericksonian Hypnotherapy
- Energy Psychology
- Depression and Anxiety
- Panic Attacks and Phobia
- Medical and Health concerns
- Grief and Loss
- Work and Career issues
One Planet International School
One Planet International School is located in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Founded in 2006, it offers education to children from lower kindergarten (age 3-4 through to grade ten. Grades 11 and 12 will be added in 2016 and 2017 respectively.
The school offers a holistic approach to education which focuses on both academic excellence and character development. They accomplish this by unraveling the unique potential hidden in every child, and by gently nurturing and encouraging each child along his or her own path of cognitive, physical, social-emotional and character development.
Accredited by the Ethiopian Ministry of Education, One Planet is an international community school which uses a U.S. based curriculum and research-based teaching methods. Instruction is primarily in English, and students learn through discovery and exploration led by their own curiosity. They are often presented with a problem or a scenario which causes them to discover the answer through reflection, consultation, problem solving and investigation. All students are evaluated using the standards of learning and are not ranked against one another.
Volunteers are needed to help with teacher training, curriculum development, learning disabilities and other special needs.
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