Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Fast Bloggin' Day 8

I didn't break the Fast until around 7:30pm but for some reason today the physical part was not as hard as yesterday. It's funny how the Fast seems different each day. I started the day with a piece of pecan pie (somehow another pie ended up in my life), some yogurt and a pear. Not exactly a conventional breakfast (if there is such a thing) but I'm not a conventional Baha'i either. Work continues to be a test but did not feel quite as agonizing today. I did not pray or meditate as much as I wanted to, but perhaps during the Fast a little prayer goes a long way? I experimented with some "authoritative" parenting with my son. Not sure if it worked but he ended up falling asleep in my arms which is a treat his mother gets to enjoy more than me most evenings. Sometimes when he is a sleep his breathing sounds like purring. He looked so sweet and comfortable I could not bear the thought of waking him just so I could eat and drink. Thus the late fast breaking, with some turkey chili and more pie (I really have to get back on that diet!). I made a little progress on my dissertation proposal which I'm getting re-energized about after feeling a bit brain dead a few weeks ago. I just joined my wife in watching the show "24", a guilty pleasure if there ever was one.

Hard to believe I'm already eight days into the Fast.

"This is one of the nights of the Fast, and during it the Tongue of Grandeur and Glory proclaimed: There is no God beside Me, the Omnipotent Protector, the Self-Subsisting. We, verily, have commanded all to observe the Fast in these days as a bounty on Our part, but the people remain unaware, except for those who have attained unto the purpose of God as revealed in His laws and have comprehended His wisdom that pervadeth all things visible and invisible. Say: By God! His Law is a fortress unto you, could ye but understand." (Compilations, The Importance of Obligatory Prayer and Fasting)