The Bahá'í teachings prescribe daily prayer and intimate communion with God as the foundation for a life devoted to spiritual advancement and service to humanity. All are welcome to participate in building a vibrant community life in their neighborhoods by hosting or attending regular devotional gatherings. These gatherings are held in hundreds of places across the country in diverse settings such as homes, local community centers and other public venues. The heart of a devotional meeting is the sharing of prayers and passages from Holy Scriptures, but beyond this there is no set form. Devotional meetings are a chance for us to learn how to create an uplifting, spiritual atmosphere. This often involves music and the arts. The key is to help clear our minds from the anxieties of our daily lives and to meditate on our higher purpose.