A Calm Storm

The blog of Sholeh Samadani Munion


“Love is the means of the most great happiness in both the material and spiritual worlds!” -Abdu’l-Baha

Sometimes I don’t know how I got here (physically, spiritually, emotionally). Most days everything feels normal…and then there are the times I find myself in a room with a group of completely amazing people that I really admire, or walking in the gardens at night with the Shrine of the Báb glowing in front of me. More and more the concept of detachment comes to the front of my mind as the one thing that keeps me level, allows me to fulfill my capacity, and focuses me on the important things. When I forget to say my prayers for detachment, everything just seems to slide out of reach.

“Love is the universal magnetic power between the planets and stars shining in the lofty firmament!” -Abdu’l-Baha

I found this quote while looking for something else…wow:

“Universal beings resemble and can be compared to particular beings, for both are subjected to one natural system, one universal law and divine organization. So you will find the smallest atoms in the universal system are similar to the greatest beings of the universe.” -Abdu’l-Baha

It makes me think about scientists spending so much time looking for carbon-based life forms, about the search for habitable planets and our definition of the physical universe. We are so limited as human beings, in this form, and we struggle to understand our surroundings. I don’t have any answers, but it sure is fun to think about!

“Love is the breath of the Holy Spirit inspired into the human spirit!” -Abdu’l-Baha

There is this concept that the mind is not connected to the body…the mind exists in the soul. This is so beautiful! Our brain is the conduit through which our mind operates our body. So…the mind/spirit is what makes us human, which allows us to operate with free will (which in my mind is one of the distinguishing characteristics of being human).

“Love is the greatest law in this vast universe of God!” -Abdu’l-Baha


2 thoughts on “Reflections

  1. Sholeh, I don’t check your blog often; don’t want to invade privacy, but i find you outstanding and astounding on every level. I met you last nite of my pilgrimage and asked someone about you, “Is she a model for the House of Justice,” and I am sure you get no end of compliments about your loveliness of being. But, kudos to you kid for being such an obsessive reader (me too) and such an observer and WONDERFUL writer about everything; never stop doing anything you are doing; you are full of wonderful perceptions; keep writing; much love, esther of esther and bill, friends of johnnies (amir-abbassi)
    big hugs, e

  2. Beautiful quotes!! Thanks for posting this. And I’m happy to be the second Pasadenan to comment on this post. Small world!

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