Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Bahá'í Fast Day Eight - Breaking the Fast with Friends

One of the best parts of the Fast is ending the Fast at night with friends. Tonight the Bahá'í community of the Lehigh Valley took over Spice of India. We had a fabulous time!

Koroush and Shirin

Kamal, Noor, and Jamilla

Sally and Mary Anne

Noah (absorbed in game!) and McKenna

Strike a pose!

Carlton and Mervyn



At 2:20 AM, Blogger EdoRiver said...

Thanks for the pictures. I really miss a warm fuzzy community. But that isn't in the cards that were dealt to me, at least not yet. Sigh, I wonder, "How long, how far, and to what different worlds in this physical plane, must the arrow fly? " This refers to my image of my life in flight, fired by the Divine Archer. From time to time different mental images capture my imagination. So this is just the most recent over the past few months.

The Fast is a good opportunity to attract attention. Regards,and now back to ironing shirts.

At 9:55 AM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

Hi Anne - I can't think of a better way to break an all day fast than an Indian feast. You have my mouth watering, and I am not even fasting! Bring on the naan and a nice paneer dish! Art

At 5:32 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi Art, sounds wonderful! I love Indian food!

At 5:51 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi EdoRiver,
Yes, a warm and loving community is a great bounty. Love the imagery you use....

At 1:30 AM, Blogger EdoRiver said...

Pretty amazing, I came back a second time to see the pictures :-) Right now I am "participating" in the aftershocks of a 7.9 earthquake. Reminds me of Los Angeles. We are continuing to have after shcoks as I write. This part of Japan is unusually stable, so this is my first experience to watch things fall off shelves. Nothing serious, but I did get up and wonder if I would lose internet connections :-)

At 7:42 AM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi EdoRiver,
I woke up this morning to news of a massive earthquake that struck Japan. Thoughts and prayers for the people of Japan and surrounding areas...

At 8:01 AM, Blogger Racn4acure said...

Ditto for me on the eathquake - I was up at 5AM reading about it. That sounds devasating, and very sad. Art

At 2:30 AM, Blogger EdoRiver said...

Most of the time I am out of touch with Internet/TV. I have a radio but rarely listen to it. So when I was here typing yesterday I didn't stay around and watch the news. I went back to my study/classroom room. We are all connected yet, most of mankind is so new to think of ourselves in this way. Usually a catastrophe will bring strangers together in a temporary bonding. There are exceptions, but generally there is not a change of the day-to-day consciousness of Japanese after New Zealand's earthquake, and in this Japanese disaster, it tends to reinforce Japanese "uniqueness". The hurt of this disaster is basically a private family affair. Of course there is an international community in Tokyo, but the extent of that awareness doesn't go very far outside Tokyo's (or a few other cities' ) city limits.

Even for myself, I find myself having to continue to correct my tendencies towards accommodation. The longer you stay in a place, an environment you that you adjust, and adjust both physically and spiritually. We have the Writings; using this resource requires an active choice, so that when something happens, there is an instant reaction.

At 9:28 PM, Blogger Anne said...

Hi EdoRiver, I'm so glad you commented, I was worried about you! So glad to hear you are okay. We all have our own individual reaction to tragedy, and the community reacts as well. I am certain some of it is affected by culture. But, ultimately, in disasters of this scale, it is our humanity that unites us. My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Japan, and I hope you are well and stay well.


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