nineteen days

day three

Posted in day three, the fast - 2013 by leila on March 4, 2013

“All the atoms of the earth declare My love for thee.”

Bahá’u’lláh

“He, verily, loveth the one that turneth towards Him.”

Bahá’u’lláh

“Grieve not at the divine trials. Be not troubled because of hardships and ordeals; turn unto God, bowing in humbleness and praying to Him, while bearing every ordeal, contented under all conditions and thankful in every difficulty. Verily thy Lord loveth His maidservants who are patient, believing and firm. He draws them nigh unto Him through these ordeals and trials.”

‘Abdu’l-Bahá

pj dawn smallbron dawn smallpj dusk smallbron dusk small

pj andrews/left (washington, dc, usa): The experience of taking photos for this project reflects the dynamic of the top two quotes. The challenge is to find beauty in the mundane everyday, which is, of course, both already there and infinite. The more photos you take, the better your result, the more you learn, and the more beauty you are able to mirror forth. In our search for God, the challenge is to find Him in the mundane everyday, when He, of course, already is everywhere and infinite. The more you turn towards Him, the more you learn and the more you are able to mirror forth His beauty. Just as this project allows us to focus on discovering and sharing the beauty of the world, thank God for the Fast that allows us focus on discovering and sharing the beauty of God.

bronwyn proctor/right (vancouver, bc, canada): I have always liked the grumble of hunger in my empty belly, because I feel like it’s a little signal that my body is working hard and using up what it has been given. During the Fast that grumble takes on new meaning. It reminds me to be grateful; it reminds me to appreciate beauty, to pray, to savour the feeling of lightness, to detach myself from my appetites, and (sometimes torturously) helps me appreciate the intricacies of scent and flavour. It also reminds me that I am fortunate enough to be able to say goodbye to that grumble at the end of the day, when so many are not.

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  1. adriennecwarren said, on March 5, 2013 at 1:02 am

    Beautiful!
    Bronwyn…you have said expressed my exact thoughts about the Fast. The exact feelings that go through my head and heart each Fasting period. Incredible 🙂

  2. Bobby The Aazami said, on March 5, 2013 at 1:07 am

    Well done, guys! Love the overhead perspective!

  3. Amy said, on March 5, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Thank you for this dose of inspiration! Great set- and Bronwyn… I know that grumble! Well said.

  4. Kat said, on March 5, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I love the complementarity in this set! Beautiful orange and yellow hues.

    I also spot my good friend in your first photo, Bronwyn – small world!

  5. Galen Humber said, on March 5, 2013 at 10:57 am

    Beautiful.

  6. Zach said, on March 5, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    Lovely photos and reflections. Wish I was eating with those people on the top right. Or just hovering over them, dazzling pencils of light

  7. Mahfar said, on March 5, 2013 at 11:00 pm

    Nicely done!

  8. anne said, on March 6, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Loved the photo and sentiments. The two sets of photos work so well together. Nice overhead shots Broni!

  9. golriz said, on March 6, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    such lovely imagery and reflections.

  10. salvaialeem said, on March 9, 2013 at 5:41 am

    Three cheers for Bronwyn Proctor!

  11. Negeen Sobhani said, on March 11, 2013 at 11:14 pm

    Peej, your images make me feel, “empty, full. empty, full” – such a integral part of fasting on so many different levels.
    Bronwyn I love the consistency of your unique perspective coupled with the contrast of the colors and content.
    Nice job you two!


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