“Yea, the abject beetle can never scent the fragrance of holiness, and the bat of darkness can never face the splendour of the sun.”
ramin (windhoek, namibia) left: The Fast, among other things, has become a way of clearing my mind, reflecting on what has happened in the last year, what could have been done better, and what needs to be done in the next year. It also lets me show my stomach who’s boss, while it feeds on itself. Evidently, getting work done can also be a major challenge. Afternoon-meditation disguised as sleep—not so much.
leili (boston, u.s.a.) right: Inspired in part by the quotation Ramin selected for this second day of the Fast, my reflections centered on contrasts, the light and the dark. My struggle to “recognize that which leadeth unto loftiness or lowliness, glory or abasement, wealth or poverty” is ongoing. The opportunity to think about this prayerfully in a period of time set aside for this purpose—and to make changes—is one for which I am grateful every year. The visual version of these reflections are the morning light coming through my favorite window, and a great flare of dusky clouds in Concord, MA, next to Walden Pond.