Jean belongs to the Baha’i Faith and suggested that while we were visiting Chicago to stop by at the only house of worship in the U.S. A beautiful place of mediation surrounded by gardens in the big city sounded like a place I wanted to be. She has given me some literature about the faith and we’ve attended a spiritual gathering with her this past spring.
The Baha’i Faith is based on spiritual teachings by Bahá’u’lláh. His essential message is of unity – the oneness of all. I think spirituality is a very important thing and I also believe that it’s very personal. Whether you believe in one specific faith or take pieces from each or believe in some kind of a higher power it all comes down to an individuals experience, growth and the changes life brings. It’s important to have an open mind – to learn all you can about these different practices and find out what applies and what doesn’t. It’s all very interesting to me. Some things resonate more with me than others but I can appreciate it all the same. The point is to take in the information and understand it.
The experience of visiting the Baha’i place of worship was such a wonderful thing to do. There was such a strong, balanced energy radiating from within there. We even saw a rabbit hopping throughout the gardens, trusting of the people around it and when we entered the building there was a song bird perched on top of the doorway singing it’s little heart out. We went inside and meditated for a while before heading back out on to the open road for Wisconsin. It feels good to be in touch with yourself and I guess that’s what spirituality is all about. When you know yourself you know everything.