Sunday, March 16, 2014
This is the 19 Day Baha'i Fast and it's almost over. We fast from sunrise to sunset for 19 days and when it's over, it is our New Year (Naw Ruz). It's the spring equinox and that somehow seems to fit better to me than having it in the middle of the winter. Even as a kid, that made no sense.
I've been doing this for over forty years. Every year is different, and this one has been because I had a sinus infection at the beginning and couldn't fast until Day 5. But that's okay because it's essentially a spiritual fast. The physical serves as a reminder. When you aren't physically fasting, you work harder to remember the purpose of these days is to reflect on your life, think about ways you want to do better, look for opportunities to be of service. It makes you slow down and consider what is important in your life.
It snowed today, but it's sunny and squirrels are playing chase on our fence, chipmunks are running around in the courtyard and I spotted a bright red cardinal. Everything is right in my world, whether it seems that way or not.
Four more days…