Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Baha'i Fast - Day 1

'Ala the Baha'i month of fasting has started. For 19 days, March 2-20th I will be fasting i.e. no food or drink whenever the sun is out. The fast is "essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent in his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character." (Shoghi Effendi)

Even though fasting has its difficulties and sacrifice, I appreciate the many spiritual benefits. The focus and purification I gain from waking up pre-dawn....eating/drinking, praying and meditating in silence is priceless.

Morning meal:
Field Roast Grain Meat Co's Smoked Apple Sage vegan sausage, bread with jam, water,
Egyptian licorice tea (this book called "Butterfly Mosque" had a similar drink made in Egypt that locals claim helps with dehydration effects during fasting)

Meditating on: The view of the sun rise through a living room window, the spiritual goals of fasting and the Yogi tea quote "Truth is everlasting"

Happy fasting!

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