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Democrat and Chronicle from Rochester, New York · Page C1

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Monday, October 19, 2015
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Democrat and Chronicle Monday,October19,2015 The humble, yet self-assured man- n er of Brighton residentTabby Anvari belies her turbulent past. As a member of the Baha’i faith, the Tehran, Iran, native experienced religious persecution that included impris- o nment and martyrdom of relatives. A t 15, Anvari’s mother brought her to the U.S. , in keeping with the custom of well-to-do families to send their children abroad during high school. The difficulty of separation f rom her family was further comp ounded by the 1979 Iranian Revolution. Not only was her father imprisoned as a consequence of the revolution, but also the political upheaval prevented Anvari from seeing her f amily for 16 years. Since her initial departure, Anvari has not returned to Iran, though she has been reunited with her parents. What internal forces sustained her during those lonely days and beyond? F or Anvari the answer is clear: the monotheistic Baha’i faith — a faith that permeates every aspect of her life. In this, she joins more than 5 m illion adherents worldwide and some 340 Baha’i faithful, in Rochester. Origins of the Baha’i faith Baha’i, meaning “Follower of the Glory of God,” was founded in mid-19th century Persia by a divine messenger known as the “Bab” or “gate” to spiritual enlightenment. T hrough his teachings and those of his s uccessors, adherents of the Baha’i faith move toward the ultimate goal of world peace, justice and unity of man- k ind. Practice of the faith Adistinguishing feature of Baha’i practice is the seamless flow between prayer and service, or what Anvari c alls “the action piece of prayer.” Each is an integral part of the other. U ltimately, both prayer and service facilitate an endless loop of greater achievement and attainment of spirit ual goals. While there is a Baha’i House of Worship, “the concept of prayer is i ntegrated into daily life, it is not limited to a location or day of the week,” A nvari explains. There are, however, nine Holy Days celebrated annually and 19 Feast Days when Baha’is join together in a communal gathering to focus on a particular divine attribute they wish to emulate. “In between,” says Anvari, “we are engaged in many o ther community-building activities such as the spiritual education of children, with particular emphasis on the empowerment of junior youth (children between the ages of 11and 14), and the continuous study of various holy texts of the faith.” Service may take the form of study circles or dinner and discussion get- togethers at members’ homes. The rhythm and posture of learning is a lifelong practice beginning at age 5 u ntil death. “Life for me as a Baha’i is about r ecognition of God’s unending love for us and responding to the guidance given to us for today,” says Jaci Ayo- r inde. “My joy comes from service PROVIDED Brighton woman Tabby Anvari offers a look into the Baha'i faith. Enlightening look at the t enets of the B aha’i faith ARLENE HISIGER SeeFAITH,Page4C Reality check: We live in a busy world where a million things are happening at once. For many of us, multitasking is a way to keep up with the grind. From checking email at brunch with friends to f inishing a status report during a staff m eeting, a lot of us are trying to accom- p lish a lot — all at the same time. H ere’s the problem: Only two percent of us multitask effectively. That means the remaining 98 percent of us are running around like headless chickens in t he name of “productivity.” So what to do? It’s time to put down your smartphone, lift up your head, and a ctually listen to that funny joke your friend is telling or that question your boss is about to throw your way. Inc reased productivity is available to us all — and surprisingly, it may come in YOUR ACTION PLAN As it turns out, our brains aren’t very good at doing more than one thing at a time. One study found that the brain may get overwhelmed when faced with multiple tasks. Researchers found that when we attempt to multitask, the brain “ bottlenecks” the information and q uickly moves its attention from one t hing to the next, instead of addressing t he items simultaneously. Rather than becoming more productive when faced with multiple tasks to accomplish at once, this suggests we really only be- c ome more frazzled — and thus less able to handle the challenges of a high workload. W hile most of us are susceptible to multitasking, research suggests people who have a harder time blocking out dis- the form of doing only one thing at a time. WHAT’S THE DEAL? Just so we’re all on the same page, multitasking means trying to do more than one thing a time. In the era of s martphones, tablets and laptops, it’s e asy to multitask without even realizing i t. After all, most of us have checked F acebook in chemistry class or during that long conference call (at least once). 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