Studying the Kitab-i-Aqdas Forged New Habits for Retirement
Cynthia Hall, who lives in High Point, North Carolina, is part of an active Wilmette Institute study group. She found that the course on the Kitab-i-Aqdas helped her in her transition from her paid work life to retirement.
Going through this course [on the Kitab-i-Aqdas] as we approached, entered, and participated in the Baha’i Fast, was a bonus. Reflecting on the laws for obligatory prayers and fasting made the experience so much more meaningful and spiritually enriching. Since this was my first year as a retired person, my whole routine or schedule from past years was totally different, and looking anew at the Writings helped me through this transition in my life.
On a long road toward improvement, I was able to make some small progress in establishing some “routine” (perhaps “schedule” is a better word) to ensure that I would take private time for myself for reading the writings, saying my prayers, and spending time meditating. I did set up a “private space” for my personal meditations and that has helped. I feel that I also need to set aside certain times for studying the course materials as I continue to take other classes.
By participating in the local study group and by reading the posts from other participants, I have become more “open” to really hearing other people’s opinions without feeling the need to defend my own perspective.