nineteen days

day three

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 4, 2009

“Verily, I say, fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion.”

Bahá’u’lláh

day three - dawnMorning 19 Daysday three - dusk19 days-eve

amy: since i have not yet been able to share breakfast with family this Fast, i am grateful for opportunities to break my Fast with close friends. opening our home, praying together, reflecting, laughing… it is one of the most rewarding, fulfilling and inspiring aspects of the Fast.

ronnie: for me the Fast is an intense period of personal reflection. whilst i often break the Fast with others, and interact with others throughout the day, from waking up (and being ever so tempted to hit the ‘snooze button’) to ending the day with a reading from the Writings, fasting develops into a dialogue with the Creator, one where i develop my hearing and inner sight, so the conversation improves everyday. it is 19 days and 19 nights in the urban desert, alone, but at the same time, very much guided.

leila: it’s so hard for me to take photos!  my time isn’t my own anymore—i can’t even eat or brush my teeth etc. on my own schedule, let alone go and do something else when my baby’s crying—“Mummy’s taking photos, darling!”  and every evening she gets a case of what shaun calls “The Six O’Clocks”.  he and i take turns doing everything we can to soothe her.  for me this year the Fast is about building some much-needed patience.

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  1. linda said, on March 5, 2009 at 9:30 am

    My Amy jun, Although you are not here in body with your Father and me every morning, your beautiful spirit always penetrates our hearts with the warmth, love and joyous spirit you possess. We miss you but are always, and eternally, united. With much love! Mommy
    PS I LOVE the Writings you ahve chosen. They are wonderful, comforting and inspiring. Thank you all three – Ronnie, Lelila and Amy – lovely souls!

  2. Nima Sanai said, on March 5, 2009 at 9:49 am

    Thanks Amy and Thanks Leila!!

    This is soooo inspiring!

    Love you, nima

  3. amysahba said, on March 5, 2009 at 10:44 am

    linda – oh mommy, i think of you every morning! i miss you and daddy so much, thank you for your unswerving support and encouragement!

    nima – grazie! we are so glad that this can be a source of inspiration to people!

    ronnie – love the brightness and the simplicity of your photos… and thank you for sharing such a personal view of the Fast. I know what you mean, about this time of year being somewhat… solitary, but in a good way!

    leila – each one of your photos is so precious to me! i love the morning shot, the quite roundness of your subject. and your evening shot, well, wow. so special a bond shown there!

  4. Ronnie said, on March 5, 2009 at 11:04 am

    Thank you Linda and thank you Amy.

    the light in your photo of the dresser is superb and i love the randomness of the potatoes in the basket juxtaposed over a larger basket that is the shopping cart.

    I specifically wanted to take simple photos for nineteen days, mentally and spiritually I feel like stripping away the complexities of life.. 😀

  5. amysahba said, on March 5, 2009 at 11:13 am

    hehe – ronnie, i see how those would look like potatoes, but they are bagels 😉

  6. Ronnie said, on March 5, 2009 at 11:38 am

    haha. batatoes, pagels….it’s all good.

  7. Shirin Youssefian Maanian said, on March 5, 2009 at 1:57 pm

    Lovely quote…and I really appreciate the honesty of the texts.

  8. leila said, on March 5, 2009 at 2:37 pm

    poppy potatoes!

  9. kadria said, on March 5, 2009 at 11:40 pm

    urban desert – love that! 🙂 and love the comment on inner sight. so true. it’s definitely a soul-stretching time.
    once again, some wonderful iconic Fast photos…

  10. Sarah said, on March 6, 2009 at 2:01 pm

    This is awesome!!

  11. Aida said, on March 7, 2009 at 3:55 am

    I love it!!! Thanks a million!
    Love from Spain,

    Aida

  12. applebread said, on March 8, 2009 at 3:27 am

    Leila, I remember the 6 o’clocks! We had them, too, and it was soo weird and so tough! Hang in there.

  13. leili said, on March 16, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Love the dappled dresser!

    Ronnie, I love being there with you, your clock, your book.


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