Millenium Development Goals You Can Pick and Do

Doing good feels good

A while ago I joined Live-stream.com a couple of weeks ago to be able to share the videos we produce for CGIE for the benefit of a global audience. Today, I received from them an e-mail with the link to a most inspiring series of videos presented called Mashable through Live Stream. After watching one presentation, I could not stop watching the rest. I was unexpectedly inspired and also motivated. One after another I heard stories of amazing successes of human spirit and altruism initiated by simple grassroots people who listened to their hearts prompting them to do good.

 

There is already research that claims human beings are genetically hardwired to reach out to others and do good. Baha’u’llah, one of humanity’s luminaries, declared a century ago, that we are created to know and to love. Genetics, however, cannot accomplish all good by itself. Human beings exercise choice and our spiritual perfection is dependent on the choice of expression and the force of education; nurture as well as nature.  Integrated education explains the application of this principle of the oneness of all humanity and demonstrates the many ways we nurture the potential of the children into the reality of capabilities and action we call humanity. It is part of the spiritual development of children to be taught how to have regard for others and not just do what they want to do aiming only at their own self-interest.

 

These lecture series plainly confirm the inclination of the heart towards both knowing and loving others as an expression of knowing and loving our creator. These are stories about the Use of social media for social good or preservation of humanity in the age of technology under the umbrella of Millennium Development Goals. among the speakers was Chris Hughes, the director of Jumo who talked about making it easy for everyone to do good, fostering the connection between people and what they care about. Being one of the co-creators of Facebook, he talked about all the means of connection that exist today and then he said; What is missing among them is a network media to connect people to bring change for a better world.  Jumo director talked about being in the process of building Jumo.

 

This reminded me of the words of wisdom of Abdu’l-Baha over a hundred years ago in The Secret of Divine Civilization:

“The happiness and pride of a nation consist in this, that it should shine out like the sun in the high heaven of knowledge. “Shall they who have the knowledge and they who have it not, be treated alike?”[Koran] And the honor and distinction of the individual consist in this, that he among all the world’s multitudes should become a source of social good. Is any larger bounty conceivable than this, that an individual, looking within himself, should find that by the confirming grace of God he has become the cause of peace and well-being, of happiness and advantage to his fellow men? No, by the one true God, there is no greater bliss, no more complete delight.”

Abdu’l-Baha

I am inspired, and I hope you are too. Our youth and children should know about the elevated way of using social media and hopefully, they will become excited about making difference despite their age and their means. Youth who have access to media will be excited to know about their choices to make a difference for social good.

Keyvan Geula is a licensed Marriage, Family, and Child Therapist; LMFT. She received her Master of Science in Marriage, family, and Child Therapy from the University of La Verne, in La Verne, California. She employs the latest research in behavioral sciences, neuroscience, and the Baha’i principle of the oneness of all humanity to serve the well-being of her clients.

She offers her services as a clinician, lecturer, trainer, and supervisor to a global set of clients in person and online. In her clinical work, she incorporates the wisdom of the Baha’i Writings, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy research, Mindfulness meditation, and consultation skills, as well as knowledge of the spiritual self.

She is an adjunct professor of Behavioral Sciences at Citrus Community College, faculty of continued education at Claremont Graduate University. She teaches psychology online to students at Baha’i Institute of Higher Education.

She is the Founder and Executive Director of Center for Global Integrated Education (CGIE), a non-profit Baha’i-inspired educational organization, which explores oneness of all humanity, and teaches the integrated mind-body-spirit approach in education.

She has served for two years as the producer and host of a two-hour weekly live radio show for the Persian community in Sothern, California focusing on the role of the psychology of spirituality in personal and social transformation, creativity, emotional and social intelligence, and a greater sense of harmony in a global society. She also has been the host and producer of TV series called Transforming Human Consciousness for eight years. She regularly writes and blogs on www.cgie.org/blog on topics related to integrated education, the oneness of humanity, the powers of the human spirit in the betterment of global society, elimination of all prejudice, equality of women and men, and education reform. Some of her shows are posted on her; Keyvan Geula YouTube Channel.

Mrs. Geula has served in several Baha’i institutions since her youth in Iran and USA.

Doing good feels good

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