Do you want to incorporate more Baha’i inspired art into your home decor? The possibilities are endless! Whether it’s displaying the Greatest Name in a homemade frame, making collages with photographs of the gardens in Haifa, or creating a beautiful list of the virtues described in a selection from the Writings, you can find a way to add a spiritual touch to every room.
Having spiritually themed art in your home is a way to express your love for the Faith that will also serve as a reminder to keep your spiritual reality in mind at all times. Plus making pieces of art work can be a memorable and special activity for your family to enjoy together.
Here is one idea:
Create something beautiful with your children that will remind you all of your family’s efforts to “strive” using the quotation below for inspiration.
[quote type=”center”]”…strive that your actions day by day may be beautiful prayers. Turn towards God, and seek always to do that which is right and noble. Enrich the poor, raise the fallen, comfort the sorrowful, bring healing to the sick, reassure the fearful, rescue the oppressed, bring hope to the hopeless, shelter the destitute![/quote]
-Abdu’l-Baha, Paris Talks, p. 80
The following video shows one example of what you may like to create, and as a bonus you can learn a beautiful tune to the quotation composed by Joe Crone (the original of which you can purchase here).
Your family can personalize this idea by adding the word “strive” over a photo collage, hand prints of each family member, or simple fingerpainting as shown here.
If you would like to download a decorative version of the quotation to use for a project, we have put together a page for you to print out.
[box type=”download”] Download the Strive Art Activity.[/box]
By learning the quotation and engaging in this art activity together, you will probably find your family discussing ways you can do more of what Abdu’l-Baha describes in the quotation, as well.
What Baha’i-inspired art have you and your children have made together, to contribute to the spiritual atmosphere of your home?