“Ponder at all times in your hearts how ye were created. Since We have created you all from one same substance it is incumbent on you to be even as one soul, to walk with the same feet, eat with the same mouth and dwell in the same land, that from your inmost being, by your deeds and actions, the signs of oneness and the essence of detachment may be made manifest.”
“ … they that tread the path of faith, they that thirst for the wine of certitude, must cleanse themselves of all that is earthly—their ears from idle talk, their minds from vain imaginings, their hearts from worldly affections, their eyes from that which perisheth. They should put their trust in God, and, holding fast unto Him, follow in His way.”
naeem (toronto, canada) left: Today marks the beginning of the halfway point of The Fast. Or as I’ve dubbed it, “The Crazy Phase”. Some may experience it during the first days, others during the last few. For me, year after year, it always happens right smack-dab in the middle of The Fast. You know what I’m talking about—it’s when the sight of seeing your co-workers eat is enough to get you to leave the office, or when the mere smell of food (forget about the sight of it) has you running for the hills. Thankfully, the craziest part of “The Crazy Phase” usually lasts no more than an hour each day. It always helps when I remind myself of the true purpose of these precious days and to know that there are millions of others in communities all over the world who share in the bounty of observing The Fast.
iain (haifa, israel) right: The Fast always brings to me a cleansing feeling. Not just in the ‘dieting by not eating’ kind of way, but more of a total renewal of mind, body and soul. I see things in a different light. A light that requires more than simply waking before sunset. A light that makes things clear when not obscured by our own selfish desires. A light that brings to the fore, at the end of a long day, all the things that really matter the most.