nineteen days

day twelve

Posted in the fast - 2009 by amysahba on March 13, 2009

The Prophets and Messengers of God have been sent down for the sole purpose of guiding mankind to the straight Path of Truth. The purpose underlying Their revelation hath been to educate all men, that they may, at the hour of death, ascend, in the utmost purity and sanctity and with absolute detachment, to the throne of the Most High. The light which these souls radiate is responsible for the progress of the world and the advancement of its peoples. They are like unto leaven which leaveneth the world of being, and constitute the animating force through which the arts and wonders of the world are made manifest.”

Bahá’u’lláh

day twelve - dawnday twelve dawnday twelve - duskevening large

amy: we don’t appreciate the people that are close to us, the friends that surround us. i am reminded about the fundametal role they play in my life during the Fast, when sharing prayers and a meal are the highlights of the day, something to look forward to. and when you are together, basking in that warm glow of shared company, you are grateful that these people love you enough to overlook your hunger induced grumpiness.

philip: this year’s fast has been very stressful for marta and i, and has become all about letting go of worries that are out of our control, and trusting in the will of God. fasting focuses your attention on the important details of life, but hunger will also cloud your judgment… it’s a fine line between enlightenment and hypoglycemia that we travel every day, but i can’t imagine my year without it. i dread the start, love the duration and miss the end, little guilty pangs of “oh no, i’m eating during the day!!” accompanying me till the end of march. it’s a time to re-organize our lives, spring-cleaning of the soul…

leila: it seems that some of the most difficult times in my life are the ones of which i have the fondest memories.  i know this will be true of this time, this time that has me sobbing with feelings of futility one night and laughing until my face hurts the following day.  and then today my two-month old daughter participated in her own fast when i somehow forgot to feed her for almost six hours.  i’m pretty sure there’s a special place in the next world for people like me.

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  1. Manijeh said, on March 14, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    I love the dusk photo Philip. The contrast in lighting is so beautiful.

  2. nemoDreamer said, on March 14, 2009 at 9:02 pm

    thanks 🙂 i always love when you take a photo and you know exactly how it’s going to turn out, with very little post-production… i had to use our table as a tripod 🙂

  3. Layli Samimi said, on March 15, 2009 at 12:13 am

    oH MY GOSH. this is one of my most fav. combos of photos yet!!
    amy: i LOVE the lighting in your photos, they are almost the same in both…and who’s glasses are those and are they real?? like, prescription??

    philip: the warmth of your photos is exciting! i LOVE the strawberry shot and the shadow on the wall; super beautiful!

    leila: your daffodil is amazingly captured; it reminds me of how my spirit and body feel during the Fast: beautiful and fresh, while at the same time, droopy and tired.

    wonderful post today, you three.

  4. amysahba said, on March 15, 2009 at 12:29 am

    manijeh – i agree. i love philip’s evening photos. feels like ‘home’.

    nemo – that is best feeling, though it rarely happens, to me at least!

    layli – those are real, honest to God prescription glasses. they belong to a friend, and they are awesome. i also loved the way they reflected into a well polished wood surface! also, i ADORE your comment about leila’s photo. amazing.

    leila – that flare in your evening shot is just perfect!

  5. greenlaundry said, on March 15, 2009 at 2:05 am

    your last line amy, really struck a chord.

  6. nemoDreamer said, on March 16, 2009 at 11:21 am

    layli: geee thanks :D:D

    i love the level of quality we can achieve on nineteen days and everymorn&eve, it’s like the fact that one knows it’s going to be accompanied by the Holy Writings makes one strive for something higher than one’s every-day shots…

    oneoneone

    a LOT of it is also the beautiful effect of the sets viewed as a whole, and how each set tells a story… the photos are feeding off each other. symbiotic, not parasitical, mind you.

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