Posted on March 21, 2008 by N J Ray
O Son of Spirit!
Noble have I created thee, yet thou hast abased thyself. Rise then unto that for which thou was created.
~ Baha’u’llah, The Hidden Words
The Fast officially ended at sunset this evening, and boy oh boy was it a learning process. Far more than last year, and I was far less successful with it this year compared with last year.
I am incredibly foolish at times. Embarrassingly, frighteningly, and utterly foolish. I had this strange month, March, one where absolutely nothing seemed to go right.
Once you get things “all figured out,” it’s supposed to be smooth sailing, right?
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Posted on March 11, 2008 by N J Ray
I’m sort of a mess today.
Scratch that, I’m definitely a mess today.
Spring Break is here, and I slept in again. I woke up, ate breakfast, and went back to bed, content that I’d observe the Fast again.
Last year it was “neat” and “nifty” and “challenging.” This year it is is “hard” and “grrr” and “bringing garbage to the surface.”
Which is not to say that it is still not beautiful. I can tell some major stuff is going on, which makes it absolutely necessary.
It just doesn’t make the Fast as fun as it was last year.
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Posted on March 6, 2008 by N J Ray
We have commanded you to pray and fast from the beginning of maturity; this is ordained by God, your Lord and the Lord of your forefathers. He hath exempted from this those who are weak from illness or age, as a bounty from His Presence, and He is the Forgiving, the Generous.
Baha’u’llah, The Kitab-i-Aqdas
It’s that time of the month again! This time, I’ve discovered 7.6 lbs gone this month, bringing my total gone to 10.2 lbs.
Thank God. Literally.
And something I just said two days ago: “And my second day into this particular commitment is way too early to go and break it.”
It wasn’t about the Fast, but it could have been.
Monday, I had a horrible day. My energy crashed about 3 pm, and I couldn’t get it back. I napped. I broke the Fast for coffee (very much trying to stay away from food for it), and I finally ended up eating, but nothing helped.
The next morning, I’m bright and shiny and happy, happy, happy to be eating breakfast before sunrise.
But something happened, and I broke it again. And again, and, if I recall correctly, once more again.
Oh, God and His mysterious ways again.
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Posted on March 3, 2008 by N J Ray
Today marked the beginning of the Baha’i Fast, a spiritual practice which I first encountered last year.
I don’t have any of my numbers handy — my starting weight and things like that, but since I’m such a fan of important dates, I thought this would be a perfect day to begin this blog.
Even if there’s only 20 minutes left in the day.
I really didn’t accomplish much of anything today. I worked, slept, and spent some time with some out-of-town friends.
I also left my medicine at work this morning. That was sort of surprising, and I wasn’t going to bother with it (conceivably unwise, but factual nonetheless) until I remembered that my vitamins were in it, too.
I’ve been making monthly health goals — specific practices which I adopt each month in order to completely create a new healthy lifestyle one or two steps at a time. This month it’s drinking 6 cups of water a day and taking vitamins.
They’re not so much goals as they are commitments. Which is why I found myself, at approximately 10 tonight, driving to work to get my medicine bag. Not because it had medicine in it, but because it had my vitamins in it.
And my second day into this particular commitment is way too early to go and break it.
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