nineteen days

day seven

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 8, 2009

“When once thou hast cleansed the channel of thy spiritual sense from the pollution of this worldly life, then wilt thou breathe in the sweet scents of holiness that blow from the blissful bowers of that heavenly land.”


day six - dawn8 march 2009 - dawnday seven: dawnday six - eve8 march 2009 - duskday seven : dusk

amy: i am grateful for mornings at home – when I don’t need to rush to get to work, eat my breakfast on the subway, or in a cab. to have the time to sit in the corner of the couch, by the window, after the rest of my household has wandered back to the comfort of their bed. that cool, blue, early morning light that shirin caputured so well a few days ago, the soft murmur of my prayers, read in a whisper to myself, a soft purring of a cat, grateful for some company.

kadria: as the desert dust called “hamsim” rolled into Haifa last night, the air became oppressive and heavy.  my body began to feel lethargic, my mind tired and clouded.  this morning before dawn, the hamsim was far from gone, it had just settled in further.  as i looked out my dining room window, unable to see the mediterranean, i began to think about purity of heart.  the polluted, dirty air seemed to serve as a powerful analogy for how our “spiritual sense” can become polluted; just as the dust and pollution of the hamsim impair my vision and affect the physicality of my being, so too must the figurative dust and dross of the material world obscure my inner sight and other spiritual faculties.  during these precious days, i am learning more about how important it is to make constant effort, no matter how small or subtle, to purify my heart.

leila: tonight we broke the fast with dear friends, but i am too polite to post a photo of them with their mouths full.  i am glad that the changes which are happening and might be happening in our lives are occurring during this time of special spiritual potencies—it reminds me of the power of this other dimension to human life, guidance from another force that is not rational nor emotional, a power that i can easily forget during the rest of the year, but not during the Fast.  oh yeah, and then my daughter screamed her head off for an hour so we gave her a bath.


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  1. amysahba said, on March 9, 2009 at 6:53 am

    i don’t even know where to start from on this post…

    Kadria – i love your 2 photos – and they are so perfectly combined with your thoughts for the day. you made me miss haifa in a powerful, raw manner, i could feel myself there, taste the sandy air from hamsim. and your quote is so perfect. so moving.

    leila – those blossoms are just perfect, the tone, the colors of the photo are wonderful. and i know what you mean about this time of the year being so special – perfect for life changing adventures and small shifts and changes within ourselves.
    ps: i am sure your friends appreciate your tact!

  2. shirin s. said, on March 9, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    this is such a great set…i adore that kitty, those blossoms, the cups the chair, & Kadria, loving those shots, you so wonderfully captured the hamsin in the holy land & your blurb to go with it is so true, so beautiful.

  3. chelsealyne said, on March 9, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    Wow! What a neat project!

    That is so great! Good job you two. as well as all your guest photographers!
    Those are some beautiful shots 🙂 very inspiring.

  4. Sholeh said, on March 9, 2009 at 4:00 pm

    I know this is really weird, but I kind of miss the hamsim! haha. I don’t miss cleaning it up, but there was sometimes something a bit unearthly about it. 🙂

  5. Brian Simons said, on March 9, 2009 at 4:10 pm

    Hi folks , just wanted to say I enjoyed looking at your blog and reading all the comments and seeing all the photos. What a neat idea!
    Kadria, thanks for inviting me here and I love your photos! Dad

  6. Sarah said, on March 9, 2009 at 4:33 pm

    This felt so mysterious. I loved it-thank you.

  7. Yas T. said, on March 9, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    love love love to all three of you (and stunning photos!) kadria…you dont know how often i think back to last year and the breakfasts we had and the view from the dining room window…and of course, the hamsin! i miss you! thank you sweetest amy and leila for this beautiful project. x

  8. Layli Samimi said, on March 9, 2009 at 5:07 pm

    i love how your little “report”, kadria fit so PERFECTLY with the quote that was chosen…wonderful words by all. very special. thank you.

  9. thingsidowhennooneiswatching said, on March 9, 2009 at 9:59 pm

    tres cool site dudettes.

  10. Rebekah said, on March 12, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Amy, I love seeing a peak of your granny square afghan 🙂 It’s beautiful

  11. leili said, on March 16, 2009 at 11:26 am

    Amz – love the infinite vanishing point of the cups.

    Kads – your photos capture the spirit of the Fast in Haifa. Love them.

    Leila: That rocking chair is so young-mother-y! And you do budding springtime branches SOOOO well.

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