nineteen days

day two

Posted in day two, the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 3, 2009

“Fasting is the cause of the elevation of one’s spiritual station”


day two - dawnprayers at dawnday two - dusksunset

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.



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  1. Reed said, on March 3, 2009 at 11:15 pm

    The fruits and flowers pair well together as do the dawn entries by Amy and Leila.

    A Hooray! for each of you.

  2. Namo said, on March 3, 2009 at 11:47 pm

    Well done folks. Those feets are going places.

  3. Sholeh said, on March 4, 2009 at 12:33 am

    Those crocuses are beautiful!

  4. Leili said, on March 4, 2009 at 12:48 am

    Great set. I especially love how you captured the blue-dawn light of the Fast, Shirin. Hard to do, and a color I powerfully associate with Fasting and the spirit.

  5. amysahba said, on March 4, 2009 at 4:33 am

    i adore those feet – just lovely.
    and those lemons and flowers – so gorgeous!

  6. shirin s. said, on March 4, 2009 at 10:24 am

    such kind & lovely comments! it was an honor posting with you two ladies…Amy i just love the sparkling lights, & that abstract shot of light, & Leila I adore those beautiful crocuses, I’ve been painting them lately! :o)

  7. Rebekah said, on March 4, 2009 at 11:08 am

    Beautiful crocuses!

  8. Thomas said, on March 4, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Actually while I’m writing these lines the third day of the fast will be over. I’m living in Europe and we are some hours ahead of you.

    These first days of fasting were kind of differnt, because I had to travel to Berlin to do some interviews with artists. I was thinking of quitting fasting during this travel, which would be allowed, but decided to fast anyhow.
    It was a good decision. The interview went very well and I had the feeling of being more alert during all of them. There was a better spirit in all these talks, and I feel very blessed by them. There is a great calm in me and the people I had the chance to talk to.

    Thanks for another round of ninteen days.

  9. kadria said, on March 4, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    another great set! on a conceptual level, the three pairs of photos seem to speak about different aspects of the Fast – amy’s are very abstract and have a mystical feel, shirin’s give a taste of the sweet practicality of the physical Fast, and Leila’s to me are about finding beauty in the simplicity of nature.
    well done, ladies.

  10. The Lil Bee said, on March 4, 2009 at 7:50 pm

    Such beautiful photos and prose. I love those lemons!

  11. Shirin Youssefian Maanian said, on March 5, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    SO beautiful! I especially love the feet and lemons!

  12. Sarah said, on March 6, 2009 at 1:59 pm

    These are fantastic! And again, I’m loving this for the quote, as well.

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