Lessons from Ramadan

Thursday, August 16, 2012

With my second Ramadan practically over, I feel as though I did so much better this year (It helps when you know the rules too, haha!). Last year seemed like such a challenge. This year it seemed...cleansing.

I wasn't able to fast for a few days this past weekend though. It felt weird to be able to eat again, I mostly snacked and then still had the larger meal. But I noticed during the days when I would reach for a snack, that I stopped myself first and asked "Wait. Are you really hungry? Its dinnertime soon, don't you think you can hold out for a few more hours?" I can't tell you the number of times - all the mindless eating simply because I'm slightly hungry. I found myself asking quite a bit too if I was really hungry or if I just wanted water.

Not being able to eat from sunrise to sunset has taught me that I need to be more mindful about how I feel when I do eat. I will not fade away if I don't have something right this minute. I can wait. And an overly full tummy, has reminded me that I need to stop before I'm full. The Japanese having a saying "Hara Hachi Bu" which means to stop when you are 80% full. Something I knew before Ramadan, but was reminded of. Another lesson to take away.

And I hope I'm able to keep that mindfulness after Ramadan. I have some days to make up, I'm going to try to space them throughout the year to help remind me of this lesson.
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    Very insightful. It's awesome that you were able to gain not only from the spiritual side of Ramadan, but also had some healthy eating lessons at the same time.
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    Great sharing!
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    Good luck.
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