“Fasting is the cause of awakening man. The heart becomes tender and the spirituality of man increases. This is produced by the fact that man’s thoughts will be confined to the commemoration of God, and through this awakening and stimulation surely ideal advancements follow…”
amy: i find that bonds of friendship are strengthened during the Fast. comradeship is built over the shared experience, the common act of offering up our daily rituals of eating and drinking, of elevating our thoughts and attitudes. the sharing of food at the end of the day assumes a renewed value, it is once again something so precious, not just a necessary act, an experience you want to partake of with those closest and most beloved to you.
golriz: dusk has long been my favorite time of the day. there is a certain magic in the air and i love the indigo hues of a darkening sky as the busy world unwinds. as my attachment to sleep in the mornings is pretty fierce (as in, there better be a life or death reason for me to get up before 8 am), the fast is the only time of the year I experience dawn. and this morning, as the first flickers of morning seeped through our kitchen shutters, i had to admit, dawn is incredibly lovely too.
leila: without the reminder of hunger pangs, i am trying to be mindful of the spirit of these days. one of the things that i’m doing in place of abstaining from food is being more deliberate about eating good, whole foods for the “temple of the body”.