nineteen days

day four

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 5, 2009

“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…”

`Abdu’l-Bahá

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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”.

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  1. amysahba said, on March 6, 2009 at 10:31 am

    golriz – i love your thoughts on dawn and dusk. it’s true that the fast makes you appreciate the usual underrated dawn!

    leila – love that we both ahve shots of shadows of plants on walls tonight!

  2. Layli Samimi said, on March 6, 2009 at 12:08 pm

    gol: i ABSOLUTELY LOVE your dawn shot! and i have to agree with you on the life or death sitch about getting up earlier than eight.

    great shots, ladies!

  3. Carissa said, on March 6, 2009 at 12:47 pm

    interesting. most of these are muted with green tones.
    you guys are in sync.

  4. Sarah said, on March 6, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    Wow! Thank you for doing this, Amy, Leila and all! This is so uplifting.

  5. Claire said, on March 6, 2009 at 5:59 pm

    Amazing how ‘similar’ these shots are. Love the eggplant slices.
    Peace and love.

  6. Barmak Kusha said, on March 6, 2009 at 7:12 pm

    I’m alone in a hotel room on a business trip to Bamako, Mali, tired, ill, and really appreciating this site. Thanks.

  7. leili said, on March 6, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    Love the quotation (“the heart becomes tender”), your reflections, and the dawn/blinds. All of them, really.

  8. golriz said, on March 7, 2009 at 2:12 am

    besides the intimidation of posting photographs to a site created by two of my most favorite photographers, i loved being part of this.

  9. amysahba said, on March 8, 2009 at 7:43 am

    layli – it is quite fabulous, isn’t it?

    carissa – i agree! funny how they all give off similar vibes/tones.

    sarah – thank you for your support!

    claire – they look scrumptious no?

    barmak – so glad people are finding this of use!

    leili – it is a lovely quote…

    golriz – thank you for being part of this! it was our honor, truly!

  10. Barmak Kusha said, on March 8, 2009 at 9:23 am

    Different city and country now, feeling better physically, and spiritually 🙂

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