The fasting month for the Baha’is is a period of 19 days in March of every year. the Fast is both Spiritual and Physical. the Physical fast is the abstinence from food and drink from sunrise to sunset. The Spiritual fast is the focus on prayers and the abstinence from worldly desires. find out more about the Bahai Fast here.
it is fair to say that this is the first time in years that I am sober during the fast. for many years the fast was just a period of starvation because I abstain from food but I am occasionally acting out. Now I hope for the spiritual experience associated with the fast. I will try to reflect on my experience day every day.
the first day offered a couple of experiences that are challenging and at the same time rewarding. I was asked to deliver a presentation that I was very prepared for but I still the closer to it gets to my turn the faster my heart beats. I recognized the fear and prayed for it to be removed. when my turn came, it was good and it was quick. later in the day I discovered something that made me really upset, I recognized the upset to be tied to self-centeredness so I prayed for the character defect to be removed and directed my attention to someone I can help. as per the instructions for Step 11
later in the day I attended the 19day feast. a gathering of friends, spiritually uplifting, and full of joy and good food! it was a good way to end the day.
more reflections to come