“If you plant a seed in the ground, a tree will become manifest from that seed. The seed sacrifices itself to the tree that will come from it. The seed is outwardly lost, destroyed; but the same seed which is sacrificed will be absorbed and embodied in the tree, its blossoms, fruit and branches. If the identity of that seed had not been sacrificed to the tree which became manifest from it, no branches, blossoms or fruits would have been forthcoming.”
amy: free from the hustle and bustle of workers, and traffic, and people, the first muted, early hours of the day give my thoughts peace. in the usually noisy city, even the busiest of avenues communicate a sense of calm. long stretches of nearly empty asphalt, with few taxis moving lazily along, stop lights changing their rules according to some privately agreed dance. the few people up are groggy, cold, walking speedily to reach their destination: work, the train, home. few noises break that quiet, but they blend in, part of that early morning, big city routine. garbage trucks, delivery vans, a lonesome siren, the occasional dog bark. the city slowly awakes up as golden light creeps along its streets, squeezing through the gaps between the tall buildings. i love this new york, so unusual, so gorgeous, a small reward for those starting or ending their day at such an unreasonable hour,
na’im: I started off my day with a cappuccino and a hike. As the hours rolled on, I found myself falling victim to irritability – something I can usually attribute to low blood sugar, thus avoiding censure (and earning a snack). However, in these days of sacrifice, it seems pertinent to overcome these physiological dependencies and remain constantly gracious and detached. The Fast represents the daily life that I strive to live throughout the year, not simply a purified way of living for 19 days. Such a life requires tenacity and vigilance in order not to slip back into ingratitude, selfishness, and Canadian vehicular passive-aggression.
leila: today i feel so utterly grateful for the endless blessings in my life—the Faith, our family, our health, nature’s beauty, dear friends, cold air and clear skies, growing older, clean and pretty new linen, my baby’s smiles, and the pure feeling of happiness.