“Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one’s spiritual station”
amy: i wish i had a recording of my father’s chanting of the long prayer for the Fast. it comes to my mind every dawn these days, i can hear the melodius repetition of the verses in my head. it reminds me of home.
shirin: i had a lovely second day of the Fast. i was in a very meditative state while painting, able to focus with absolute clarity of mind. i often feel that the Fast hones my senses, i enjoy the intensity of smells, colours & sounds in a much more profound way. i think more deeply than usual about the people in the world who are unable to afford even just one meal. how lucky i feel!
leila: is it very obvious from my morning photo that i live in seattle? shaun and i went for a walk with the baby this evening when he got home from work, and blooming crocuses were everywhere. because i’m breastfeeding, i’m not fasting, and today i was thinking about what wisdom there may be in the inescapable physicality of pregnancy, childbirth and childrearing. in many ways it’s more challenging than not eating! i certainly have been resentful of this process, which i have never been about fasting, however difficult it was.