O God! Refresh and gladden my spirit. Purify my heart. Illumine my powers. I lay all my affairs in Thy hand. Thou art my Guide and my Refuge. I will no longer be sorrowful and grieved; I will be a happy and joyful being. O God! I will no longer be full of anxiety, nor will I let trouble harass me. I will not dwell on the unpleasant things of life. O God! Thou art more friend to me than I am to myself. I dedicate myself to Thee, O Lord.
(‘Abdu’l-Bahá, Baha’i Prayers, p. 150)
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Peacefulness is a virtue we really need to work on in our family! I found some of the concrete ways of describing peacefulness in the lesson helpful for me to explain to my son what it means to be peaceful, and also how to remember to be peaceful myself.
For Daily Activity #11 we talked about what it means to be peaceful and I feel my son understood what it meant in the context of playing. There are so many aspects of peace I had not thought of before, and it was interesting to consider if he was playing peacefully even if it didn’t conform to what *my* view of peaceful playing originally was.
My son loves to “negotiate” and “compromise” when it comes to trying to work out a situation in his favor, so we really enjoyed Daily Activity #13. When he has a problem we try to practice this versus crying and shouting, and having the virtue of peacefulness to focus on has helped me prioritize the extra time and effort this practice takes.
My three year old really hung onto the hand sign of “Peace” that we learned from Daily Activity #17. He wanted to practice over and over again by role playing one of us was upset and shouting and hitting, and then the other person would hold up the peace sign to remind the first person to calm down.
For Daily Activity #18, I asked my son to make a Peaceful Community with his lego blocks and people. I was pleasantly surprised that he wanted to put all the people together in a circle. It seems that the idea of working together peacefully has been a nice outcome of practicing this lesson.
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