A friend told us that people use the Saudi schedule so as to even out the seasonal and latitudinal extremes. “Just imagine,” he said, “a Muslim Eskimo.”
Meanwhile, I am measuring the depths of my belly, the heights of my desires for epicurean delights, not even a hazelnut in my mouth ’til the fall of night.
As I was doing a bit of weeding, I noticed heathers prepared to bloom.
This one is an aurea, the leaves are supposed to be golden.
I went around and dug up what dock I could see. Don’t ever go over that stuff with a rototiller – each little piece will grow!
Gardening can often serve as metaphor on the spiritual plane. The Creator Himself refers to the garden that never fades, the interior garden, and the fact that manure is useful.
Fasting, that’s the opposite of slowing, isn’t it?
You can have fast food when you’re fasting because it’s not real food anyway.
This is the painting I did yesterday at the last outing for the season of Couleurs de Bretagne, a plein air painting contest.
Day 5 of Ramadan and I still haven’t seen the moon due to clouds, morning fog, heavy mist, and now pouring down rain.
Ramadan? Are you a Muslim you may ask? No, I do not practice the religion of Islam per se, but ever since I read “The Revelation of Arès” where God calls Muhammad His Messenger, I have been interested in Islam to see what has become of this message.
For two or three years therefore, I have been curious about the Ramadan fast. Don’t knock it ’til you try it the saying goes. Ramadan is a month in a lunar calendar and therefore moves during the solar calendar. It is moving towards the summer when days are long and nights are short in the part of the world where I live, so I thought I had better try it now when it would be less difficult.
I have practiced fasting before, what I call real fasting, nothing to eat for several days, but drinking whenever necessary. During the Ramadan fast, one does not eat or drink from dawn to sunset but one may eat and drink at night. From what I have heard, some even party all night, so it definitely is a different notion of fasting.
This is somewhat an experiment for me, just to see what benefits it may bring, what lessons may be learned. Several million people do this yearly and now I will understand their experience, except for the party part as I don’t know any Muslims personally.
When fasting previously, the body has adapted to the fasting mode after two or three days, but here the effort has to be renewed each day. This is similar to the effort made on oneself to be a better person. Each day is a new struggle. It is not because I walked several miles yesterday that I will go anywhere today. It is not because I was fairly good yesterday that I will be so today. If I did something reprehensible yesterday, I can apologize, make amends, but it is done. I can only try to do better today.
Matthew 5:6 (The Message translation)
“You’re blessed when you’ve worked up a good appetite for God. He’s food and drink in the best meal you’ll ever eat.
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I have seen references made recently to the possibility of humans living to be one thousand years old. They put their hope in medical research and technology to achieve this. None have said where they got this idea of one thousand years. It is the Creator Himself who said it in 1977 in “The Revelation of ArÃ¨s.”
“The brother puts the star in My Hand; (then) he can hear the rock,
he runs (al)on(g) his (own) arm (for) a thousand years.” XXIV/9
“(If) My Hand (and) his hand (together) hold the hoe,
man is a thousand years old, (and) can still bite.” XXX/7
The way to this lengthy lifespan must take into consideration our spiritual nature. We do not follow the plan God had in mind when He created us. He gave us gifts unique to humankind â Love, Speech (the Word), Liberty (Free Will), Creativity, Individuality. We can choose to use these for good or otherwise. If we would practice love, forgiveness, justice, peace, truth, recognizing each individual and encouraging creativity, renouncing what we know is not good such as greed, exploitation, hate, we would change this world down to our very metabolism. You are skeptical? Have we tried it yet?