This past weekend marked the start of Ramadan. This means that for the next month, until July 28th, individuals who follow Islam will go without food and water during the hours of sunlight. Is this easy? No. But for all their effort and strong will there will be a reward! Whether or not this reward includes the fruition of prayers is sadly out of my knowledge scope. But, those who can control their needs and strengthen their willpower will be better off.
As for me, being a curious soul, I joined in. Unfortunately, due to unforeseen circumstances I had to stop after two days. Yet, in this short time I learned a few things.
First off, our body and mind are capable of extraordinary things! We just need to believe in our strength and power. Yes, you, darling you. You are a power to reckon with. If you believe in something with all your being, you can achieve it. No matter how difficult or how hard it may seem, you will do it! Sometimes, it will take long periods of time and many attempts. But in the end, you will find a way.
Two, cleansing your body is healthy. Try it once or twice a week. Of course, before you do, consult your doctor, or just make an educated decision. Sometimes, we forget all the junk we throw into our bodies. Especially when faced with moments of stress. We consume unnecessary amounts of caffeine and sugar. And, at the end of the day seek to depress the surge in energy with alcohol and who knows what else.
Balance – that is the key, but it is so hard to find. Something like searching for a needle in a hay stack. Still. With the right tools, it is possible. For instance, using a magnet to find the needle is much easier that going there blind and using only your hands. So, work on developing the tools and you will arrive at your desired destination. Meditate. Eat healthy. Do yoga. Listen to music, or anything else that helps you form a stronger and better you.
This is a trying time for many, but probably hardest for those currently in Brazil for the World Cup. Whether coaches, fans or players, the heat and humidity of the country require lots of hydration. Impossible to do for those observing the fast during sunny hours. And as any religion understands, there are always exceptions. Including for those traveling or those who must abstain for health reasons. Those who can’t fast are doubly encourage to be kind and give to those in need.
My take away message is this. Ramadan can teach us all something important. It can teach us that kindness should be practiced on a daily basis and that we should value food, not waste it. Neither should we over indulge in it. If we try this for 30 days, we can start developing a new habit and continue it for the rest of the year. It also shows that living a balanced life leads to success and general well-being. But, it reminds us that we are all different, and something that works for one doesn’t necessarily work for the other. So be wise, do what best suits you, but never forget to be giving and caring.
With lots of love!