Tis the first day of Spring in Japan (though it’s snowing) and the first day of the Bahai Fast, a body, mind and soul detox, if you will.
For the duration of 19 days, Baha’is around the world fast (abstain from food and drink) from sunrise to sunset. Though a physical act, it’s important not to view fasting as a practice of asceticism nor as a means of penance. Instead, the physical fast is simply “an outer token of the spiritual fast; it is a symbol of self-restraint, the withholding of oneself from all appetites of the self, taking on the characteristics of the spirit, being carried away by the breathings of heaven and catching fire from the love of God.” This is why Baha’is are taught to use this time as a period of self-reflection, prayer and meditation.
HERE is a light-hearted article which I like, by Rain Wilson who plays Dwight on The Office about it.
Naturally, fasting is hard for everyone and especially food-bloggers (haha) who think of food always! In saying that… fasting might be a bit easier for me now seeing as at this time of year, the days are shorter in Japan than they are in NZ. HA-HA mom and dad! I kid, I kid! But in all truth, it is the difficulty of fasting which makes it so great and personally for me, the thought of millions of others from all walks of life, working on bettering themselves, together.
Now to stop thinking about/obsessing over what I’m going to have for dinner…!