Friday Friends

Week 4

COLLECTIVITY AND COMMUNITY

Today’s Friday Friends is all about how we have been brought together as a collective. The current situation has, in many ways, encouraged people both at home and all over the world to come together, as we all navigate this shared experience. Despite everything, positive connections are being formed.

Research has shown that those who are socially connected tend to be happier. So today, let’s look at how we might feel connected to our communities.

“So powerful is the light of unity that it can illuminate the whole earth.”
– Bahá’u’lláh

1.

Today we are asking you to think about volunteering opportunities. Charities and organisations both at home and overseas, are more than ever looking for extra help at the moment. So, we are challenging you to find something that works for you. Whether that is picking up some extra shopping for someone in need, calling and checking in with a friend, or even signing up to a local initiative or maybe a national one (such as the NHS volunteer service). Have a think about what you might be able to do for the wider community. No contribution is too small!

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2.

Have a read of the following passage by Kitty O’Meara:

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently.
And the people healed. And, in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal.
And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

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3.

If you find yourself with more time today, look at this great article on how the current situation has brought us together and increased collective kindness.
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