• Tiffany Gorman

The Fast

Today is day 4 of the 19 day Baha'i fast. It is the last month in the 19 month Baha'i calendar and a time of reflection before Naw Ruz, the New Year. There is no drink or food from sun up to sun down and so here I am at 6am drinking tea and eating plain oatmeal like Bert. The house is quiet, even the cat is sleeping still. A chance for me and God to converse. I look forward to the fast every year as I reset my body, mind and spirit. I use it as a time to refocus my health goals. Last night was yoga and hula hooping. I meditate more, and I make sure I read the Baha'i writings. While we are required to read the writings everyday, I struggle with that outside of the fast. I ask God to help with those hard decisions and conversations during this time. As I get deeper into my faith, I am leaving old traditions behind. So I don't go big for the Gregorian New Year of Jan 1, instead waiting until Naw Ruz. The Holy Day happens on the spring equinox and the date changes from year to year. The Baha'i calendar is a unique calendar based on solar and lunar movements. Happy fasting to the friends and I invite others to reflect on your lives a bit more during this time. Yá'Bahá'u'l-Abhá! O Thou the Glory of the Most Glorious!

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