Musician, Pianist, Composer, Vocalist, Artist

Elika Mahony

Welcome! My passion is creating music that inspires the soul and nourishes the spirit. I am having a special on my ‘Meditations for the Fast’ CD. Check out the CD bundle and the elegant gift that comes with it.

Browse my music page to listen to other releases and to view my arts and crafts projects on the Art Creations page. Also take a moment to visit a new page on the site of resources on love and marriage. Enjoy!

Infinite Bounty Cover
Celestial Garden

 

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Recent Blog Posts

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9 days of inspiration!

Our family recently had the privilege of visiting the Bahá’í World Centre for a 9 day Pilgrimage!  Spending time in the holy places where Bahá’u’lláh resided after His exile from the Ottoman empire in 1868 was a priceless experience.  Praying and meditating in the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh was extremely nurturing and for the first time I felt at complete peace – a moment I will never forget.  Most of all, the joy I felt throughout the 9 days was all-encompassing and experiencing the Pilgrimage with my family was such a blessing.

Meeting friends from around the world was so joyous and it was wonderful to see such diversity.  Among the countries represented were: Canada, United States, South Africa, Hong Kong, Switzerland, United Kingdom, Tanzania, France and Australia.  We were especially happy to see so many families with youth and children – a lovely gift for our children to be able to bond with others their age.  A wonderful surprise on our Pilgrimage was finding out that my first cousin (who I grew up with) and her family happened to be in the same Pilgrim group as we were.  You can imagine how joyous and moved we both were knowing we hadn’t planned it and yet we were able to experience the special Pilgrimage together.

Something that struck me throughout those 9 precious days was how much beauty and order permeated everywhere and in all forms – from the gorgeous tapestry in the gardens to the beautiful decor so lovingly placed in each room for the Pilgrims to see.

As promised, I had the pleasure of reciting prayers in the Shrines for friends and loved ones all over the world.  It brought me great joy to say them as I know not everyone is able to go on Pilgrimage.  One of my favorite prayers to read in the Shrines is the Long Healing prayer.  As I read it, I dedicated each paragraph to a person on my prayer list, especially those who have asked for healing prayers.

Here’s another blog post I wrote in 2009 titled, ‘A Spiritual Reunion’,  about my 3 day visit to this very special place.

Below are a few photographs from our special visit.  Enjoy!

The Shrine of the Báb at night. So beautiful!

The Shrine of the Báb at night. So beautiful!

 

My family standing on the balcony of the Mansion of Bahji. The garden is like a tapestry.

My family standing on the balcony of the Mansion of Bahji. The garden is like an exquisite tapestry.

 

At the Ridvan garden. One of my favorite photographs of our Pilgrimage. My family looks so radiant.

At the Ridvan garden. One of my favorite photographs of our Pilgrimage. My family looks so radiant.

 

Another favorite photo... father and son walking arm in arm with the sunlight. An inspiring moment.

Another favorite photo… father and son walking arm in arm with the sunlight at their back. An inspiring moment.

 

At the Ridvan garden. The bench where Bahá'u'lláh would sit and greet the friends

The bench where Bahá’u’lláh sat in the Ridvan garden

 

Bahji - the exquisite garden that surrounds the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh in Akka.

Bahji – the exquisite garden that surrounds the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh in Akka.

 

Walking in the gardens. Love watching my husband and son having deep conversations

Walking in the gardens. Love watching my husband and son having deep conversations

 

'Abdu'llah Pasha - The original stairs of the house in 'Akká that 'Abdu'l-Bahá rented in 1896 and that served as His residence until He moved to Haifa in 1910

‘Abdu’llah Pasha – The original stairs of the house in ‘Akká that ‘Abdu’l-Bahá rented in 1896 and that served as His residence until He moved to Haifa in 1910

 

Just before our special visit to the Archives building which holds many of the most sacred items within the Bahá'í Faith. One of my favorite days of Pilgrimage

Just before our special visit to the Archives building which holds many of the most sacred items within the Bahá’í Faith. One of my favorite days of Pilgrimage

 

My sweet first cousin who just happened to be in the same Pilgrim group as we were!

My sweet first cousin who just happened to be in the same Pilgrim group as we were!

 

Our Pilgrim group B with friends from diverse parts of the world - such a beautiful group

Our Pilgrim group B with friends from diverse parts of the world – such a beautiful group

 

Such a pleasure to be able to say prayers for friends and loved ones inside the Shrine of Bahá'u'lláh

Such a pleasure to be able to say prayers for friends and loved ones inside the Shrine of Bahá’u’lláh

 

My talented friend and photographer, Glenn Franco Simmons, allowed me to use his photo to create this gift for friends I prayed for...

My talented friend and photographer, Glenn Franco Simmons, allowed me to use his rose photograph to create this gift for friends I prayed for…


Daybreak – soothing piano instrumental video

Happy Year of the Rooster!  May this new year bring you joy, blessings and inspiration!

We celebrated Chinese New Year last night in our home with hummus and homemade bread baked by my cousin who is visiting! :)  Normally we would have dumplings on new year’s eve, but since the whole family wasn’t with us we will wait to have dumplings all together.

To bring you tranquility in what sometimes feels like a chaotic world, I wanted to share a video I just posted on youtube called ‘Daybreak’.  The song is from my piano instrumental album, ‘Glimmerings’.

I recently made the sheet music available for ‘Daybreak’.  Click here for a download of sheet music + the track.

For my friends in China, here is a link to see the video on youku.  Enjoy!

Daybreak video


Beaded bookmarks for Ayyam-i-Ha!

One of my favorite activities is searching for beautiful beads.  I recently found these gorgeous cloisonné beads and just finished designing 5 new pieces just in time for the festival of Ayyam-i-Ha.

Below are some of the photos of the cloisonné beaded bookmarks.  Each one comes with an inspiring quotation and a matching prayer book cover (as an option).

To view all the bookmarks and other items in the shop, click here.  I am offering a special 10% discount on all orders on my Etsy site till the end of January.  Simply enter the code Ayyamiha when checking out.

Shipping takes 2-3 weeks from China (sometimes longer) so please order in time. :)

Click on the photos below to take you directly to the beaded bookmark on the site.

Scarlet Garden Beaded Bookmark

Scarlet Garden Beaded Bookmark

Sapphire Rose

Sapphire Rose

 

New cloisonné beaded bookmarks

New cloisonné beaded bookmarks

Butterfly Bliss beaded bookmark

Butterfly Bliss beaded bookmark

https://www.etsy.com/listing/505622169/beaded-bookmark-o-coral-petals-cloisonne?ref=shop_home_active_3

Coral petals beaded bookmark


Meditations for the Fast bundle + prayer book cover gift!

Happy New Year!

Are you looking for a music gift to give to loved ones for Ayyam-i-Ha?

Last year, I released my latest album titled ‘Meditations for the Fast’.  The pieces on this album set to music prayers and writings revealed by Bahá’u’lláh and ‘Abdu’l-Bahá especially for the Bahá’í fast, a time dedicated to personal reflection and meditation.

From now till March 1, I will be giving ‘Meditations for the Fast’ in a discounted bundle of 5 CDs (they make great gifts)!  With each purchase of the discounted bundle, I will be adding a gift of a prayer cover (see photo of sample below, actual prayer book cover may be different).  Click here for more details.

If you are looking for a digital gift, you can also send the album (or any other album on my music page) to friends by clicking the button ‘Send as gift’ below the Buy Now button.  Here are directions for how to do that. 

As shipping takes 2-3 weeks from China, kindly make your order as soon as possible.

Meditations for the fast bundle

 

 


‘A Bahá’í Perspective’ Radio Interview

I recently had the privilege of giving a one hour radio interview with Warren Odess-Gillett from ‘A Bahá’í Perspective’.  The interview is now LIVE!

Visit this link to hear the podcast where I share what inspired several of my pieces from 5 CDs, how I started on my music journey, the themes of the albums I have released so far, what it was like being raised in Kenya as well as what religious life was like growing up there.

Do leave me a comment below and let me know if you have any questions about the music, the albums or the interview in general.  There was so much to talk about and not enough time.  I was only able to share 6 pieces from 5 albums out of the 8 albums released so far.

You can download the full podcast on iTunes here. 

A Bahá'í Perspective - Elika Mahony


Nine Precious Days

I’m so thrilled to share that our family is preparing to go to Haifa, Israel for a Bahá’í nine day Pilgrimage.  We have been planning this special visit for awhile and are beyond excited!

As Pilgrimage is a time for prayer and reflection, I will be posting less on social media but I do hope to post images I capture of my experiences on my Facebook music page as time permits.

I will be thinking of and praying for friends and family and looking forward to sharing more about the experience once I return home.

Shrine of The Báb - Elika Mahony


My Parents Golden Anniversary!

How precious that my parents are celebrating their golden wedding anniversary today!  I am in awe!  They are an example of steadfastness and commitment and have overcome many obstacles to be where they are today and I am so proud of their accomplishment.

Our family will be visiting them in a couple of weeks to celebrate this special time with them (and to visit my sweet nephew that I have not yet met).

I greatly appreciate my parents for all their love and am grateful for their generosity and support all these years towards their 4 children, the spouses and 5 grandchildren!

In honor of my parents anniversary I am sharing a link with resources dedicated to nurturing love and marriage.  And I couldn’t resist sharing another post I made with the help of many friends titled, ‘100 Tips for a Happy and Healthy Marriage’.  

Below is a lovely recording from The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran. I recorded a spontaneous piano composition in the background. Enjoy!

Mum and Dad 50th wedding anniversary

 


Hold Thou My Hand Music Giveaway!

Yesterday was my birthday and I was so touched by all the loving messages I received from friends and family.  Thank you so much!  I so appreciate it.

My dear friend Cynthia has given me the sweetest birthday gift and is sharing it with YOU too! She is giving away 30 mp3s of ‘Hold Thou My Hand’!

The first 15 people to comment below and nominate a friend will receive two downloads (one for you and one for a friend)! :)  So be sure to comment quickly below before all the slots are taken! :)

Thank you dear Cynthia for this sweet gift and for spreading the love!

[NOTE: Everyone received the gift of music and have been emailed the pdf and mp3]

Hold Thou My Hand


Hold Thou My Hand video

Tonight is the Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá which is commemorated by Bahá’ís all around the world.  For this occasion, I wanted to share this video I recently created titled, ‘Hold Thou My Hand’.

Creating a video for ‘Hold Thou My Hand’ has been a truly heavenly experience. I was surprised to find so many beautiful photographs of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá that I could include.

As I placed the photographs in the slideshow I was moved by how several of them fit perfectly with the lyrics of the poem.  In one part, as ‘Abdu’l-Bahá raises His hand, the poem reads ‘Hold Thou My Hand’.

I felt inspired to end the slideshow with the staircase in Abdullah Pasha where one feels as though one is walking up the stairs to approach Him.

I hope you were as uplifted by the slideshow as I was creating it.

Below is the video. Please feel free to share it.

Here is a link to download the song, ‘Hold Thou My Hand’.

Hold Thou My Hand


Hold Thou My Hand

I’m thrilled to share with you the release of a song and video about ‘Abdu’l-Bahá titled, ‘Hold Thou My Hand.’ This song has long been a favorite of mine, and I have yearned for many years to record my own arrangement.

Download the song together with a lovely pdf of the lyrics.

 

Here’s the link to view the video on youtube.

My friends in China can view it on youku.

After finishing the recording and mastering of the song, I thought the best way to share it would be to accompany the music with images of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá. As His Ascension will be upon us in a few days, it seems most fitting that the video is ready now.

Finding the images of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá and creating the slideshow was such a heavenly and moving process. I hope the song and the video inspire you as much as I was inspired creating them.

Feel free to share with any friends you think would want to use them for the commemoration.

Hold Thou My Hand