“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.”
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.