The Fast

“Well is it with you, as you have followed the Law of God and arisen to observe the Fast during these blessed days, for this physical fast is a symbol of the spiritual fast. This Fast leadeth to the cleansing of the soul from all selfish desires, the acquisition of spiritual attributes, attraction to the breezes of the All-Merciful, and enkindlement with the fire of divine love.”


Yesterday Baha’is all over the world began the time of the Fast. This year was the first time since leaving home that I’ve had people to eat breakfast with. We (roommates/friends/friends of friends) have decided to combine our superhero strength at 5:30 am to cook breakfast, eat, and pray together. I must say that it is a singularly wonderful experience so far. We’ve laughed, caused messes in the kitchen (have you ever seen 5 people trying to cook at the same time?). We have two vegetarians and a gluten-intolerant person…we end up analyzing food to make sure everyone has something to eat.

I’ve not had horrible hunger pangs so far, strangely enough. If you spend any time with me you know that I eat all the time. But it is rather nice not to have such a huge focus on food. The Fast is wonderful. And this year has been the best yet.

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  1. I’m leaving in a few minutes to go to a community breakfast at the Minneapolis Baha’i Center. 🙂 I agree – cooking, eating, and praying together are great.

  2. similar experience over here… this year’s fast is shaping up to be the best ever. feeling a lot more centred, and like you said, not as many horrible hunger pangs. the ones that do come by are… almost welcome.

    and lol @ the dietary diversity. what did you guys end up eating?