nineteen days

day nine

Posted in the fast - 2011 by leila on March 10, 2011

“Do all ye can to become wholly weary of self, and bind yourselves to that Countenance of Splendors; and once ye have reached such heights of servitude, ye will find, gathered within your shadow, all created things. This is boundless grace; this is the highest sovereignty; this is the life that dieth not. All else save this is at the last but manifest perdition and great loss.”


“O SON OF EARTH! Wouldst thou have Me, seek none other than Me; and wouldst thou gaze upon My beauty, close thine eyes to the world and all that is therein; for My will and the will of another than Me, even as fire and water, cannot dwell together in one heart.”


brendan (chicago, u.s.a.) left:
I think my stomach has quit working. It used to tell me I was hungry. Now, it just kind of lingers there, waiting for me to fill it up with something edible. About halfway through any fast, my body adapts to the constraints of twice daily ingestion. It’s around this time I can stop thinking about eating my own arm and start focusing more on the real reasons for the Fast. These are the best days.

leili (haifa, israel) right: For me, every year the Fast takes on a different face and brings with it different challenges and blessings. Every action and every thought count to realign oneself in preparation for the year ahead. And at the end of the day, the satisfaction of having achieved just a portion of one’s goals is much more rewarding than a delicious meal. All that is left is for our Fast to be accepted.


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  1. Fiona Gohari said, on March 10, 2011 at 11:28 pm

    i love this set, beautiful and radiant images

  2. Sholeh said, on March 11, 2011 at 12:45 am

    love both sets of photos. wonderful.

  3. mauricio said, on March 11, 2011 at 5:41 am

    love it!!! great quotes and and images, this set has such good light in all four shots, also i really like how brendan’s dusk and leili’s dawn have the backlight and the other two shots both relfect the suroundings. almost as if it was planned that way.

    leili me encanta tu dusk!!

  4. kat said, on March 11, 2011 at 10:07 am

    the colour coordination in this set is remarkable! the yellows, oranges, blues…beautiful!

  5. Elizabeth said, on March 11, 2011 at 12:36 pm

    A wonderful set of images. I love the contrasts between Brendan’s dawn reflection of the city in the Chicago Bean (impressed you were up and out at the Bean so early in the morning) and Leili’s evening photo with the golden light hitting a building reflected in the water. The beautiful silhouettes of the necklace and machinery also somehow seem to match.

  6. Bobby Aazami said, on March 11, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Nice work Brendan and Leili.

    Brendan, i’ve never seen the Bean so empty before. How did you get all those people to stay away?

  7. Brendan said, on March 11, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    Thank you all for the kind words.

    Leili, I love the blues in your reflection shot. Very nice contrast with the building.

    Bobby, evidently Victor and I were the only ones who wanted to wander around the Bean at 5:30 on a 30 degree rainy/snowy weekday morning. No sunrise colors that I’d hoped for, but at least the clouds weren’t uniform.

  8. Leili said, on March 11, 2011 at 4:05 pm

    Thanks, everyone!

    I definitely love that our pictures match!


  9. Sarah said, on March 12, 2011 at 5:46 am


  10. shamtest said, on May 14, 2011 at 4:45 am

    I can’t seem to access this page from my smartphone!!!!

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