A Time for Reflection

Lately, I’ve been reflecting on how busy our lives become when we allow our priorities to get muddled.  

It is easy to make excuses and not make time for those things that bring calm and tranquility to our lives.  I have been observing the Baha’i fast for the last two weeks and have a few more days till it ends on March 21, the Baha’i New Year.  

The fast is a time for reflection and spending more time praying and meditating.   This break in daily routine allows us the concentrated opportunity to realign our outward actions with our inner nature.  

Material fasting is a token of our spiritual detachment.  The physical fasting is simply restraint from eating physical food:  physical detachment.  The greater detachment is the spiritual fast:  detachment from all desires of the self.  This latter is our goal and is much harder to achieve.  Still, we have the material fast to remind us and help us on our way towards real detachment.

Today was really the first day I was able to slow down and ponder more deeply for a longer period about my life and reflect on the changes I want to make in the coming year.  So I took my lunch hour and prayed and meditated – it was truly a spiritual feast!  I would love to hear about your fasting experiences and what sorts of things you do to make it special.

Quotes of the Day:  “Fasting is the cause of awakening man. The heart becomes tender and the spirituality of man increases.”  -Abdu’l-Baha
“The fasting period 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

Listen to my album ‘Meditations for the Fast’ of my favorite quotations from the Baha’i writings on the theme of the Fast set to music.


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