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BWNS: “A Governance Befitting” – BIC Launches Statement on Eve of UN’s 75th Anniversary

This video from the Baha’i World News Service (BWNS) describes how the Baha’i International Community (BIC) launched a statement on the eve of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations, inviting UN officials, ambassadors of member states, non-governmental organizations and other social actors to explore themes concerning humanity’s movement toward universal peace. Continue reading

My Thoughts on Moderation and My Use of Social Media

Not long ago, I took the plunge and went on a social media detox. (Please note: this was well before the release of The Social Dilemma documentary when people were uninstalling their apps in hordes).

The reason I decided to clear my phone of some select apps was that I found they were having a negative effect on my mental and social well-being. I was spending far too much time scrolling fanatically through my news feeds, changing swiftly from one app to another and then back again, and subconsciously becoming burdened by the nonsensical task of checking all my notifications. My days were fettered by comparison, vain imaginings and an attachment to the world, and I knew it wasn’t healthy.

However, after some much-needed reflection, I realised it was a classic case of “It’s not you. It’s me”, with the “you” in question being social media. I came to the conclusion that while Instagram and Facebook weren’t necessarily mitigating my social media addiction, I did need to strengthen my ability to use these platforms sensibly and in moderation. Abdu’l-Baha says: Continue reading

Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 57: Juliet & Novin

Hello and welcome to the Baha’i Blogcast with me your host, Rainn Wilson.

In this series of podcasts I interview members of the Baha’i Faith and friends from all over the world about their hearts, and minds, and souls, their spiritual journeys, what they’re interested in, and what makes them tick.

In this episode, I’m joined virtually by Novin and Juliet who are based in the UK and are the founders of Oneworld Publications, an awesome boutique publisher that punches way above their weight with tons of awards to their name! We talk about working in the circus, becoming a Baha’i, living in Cyprus, starting Oneworld, and the power of books in creating social change and also showing us what’s possible for the future. I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did! Continue reading

Naysan Naraqi Interview at Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival

This interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival 2019 features multi-media producer and Baha’i Blog co-founder, Naysan Naraqi.

Naysan Naraqi is the co-founder and editor of Baha’i Blog and he’s also a member of the Ink of Light team. Naysan has worked on a wide variety of media disciplines for two decades, and he’s passionate about using the arts and all forms of media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the “DawnBreaker Collective” and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of “MANA” albums. He’s worked on several projects for the Baha’i World Centre, and chances are, if there’s a Baha’i-inspired media project out there, Naysan may be connected with it somehow. Continue reading

Naysan Naraqi Interview at Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival [Audio Track]

This is the audio version of an interview from the Ink of Light Baha’i Writers’ Festival 2019 features multi-media producer and Baha’i Blog co-founder, Naysan Naraqi.

Naysan Naraqi is the co-founder and editor of Baha’i Blog and he’s also a member of the Ink of Light team. Naysan has worked on a wide variety of media disciplines for two decades, and he’s passionate about using the arts and all forms of media to support and explore the teachings of the Baha’i Faith. He has produced and collaborated on popular music projects like the “DawnBreaker Collective” and the successful Ruhi-inspired sequence of “MANA” albums. He’s worked on several projects for the Baha’i World Centre, and chances are, if there’s a Baha’i-inspired media project out there, Naysan may be connected with it somehow. Continue reading

“A Minha Lampada (My Lamp)” by Bruno Silvestre

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world, to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Lisbon, Portugal, with Bruno Silvestre who sings “A Minha Lampada (My Lamp)” in Portuguese, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

“A Minha Lampada (My Lamp)” by Bruno Silvestre [Audio Track]

Baha’i Blog Studio Sessions is an initiative where we invite Baha’is and their friends from around the world, to come into a studio and share the Baha’i Writings put to music.

In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, we’re in Lisbon, Portugal, with Bruno Silvestre who sings “A Minha Lampada (My Lamp)” in Portuguese, from the Writings of Baha’u’llah. Continue reading

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