As we move into the early days of the Fast, here are some Baha’i Blog resources and a few other great finds from around the web dedicated to this special time of year. They include articles that offer a variety of perspectives on the Fast. There’s a diversity of personal reflections, music, videos and a quiz! We hope these resources, listed in no particular order, give you some food for thought (pun intended!) during these spiritually rejuvenating days.
In this article, Collis explores some practical ideas for having a positive fasting experience. The comments are worth reading too — there’s an interesting dialogue there.
Many are exempt from physically fasting, but that doesn’t mean you can’t partake of the fast in a spiritual manner. This article offers a few ideas for how to participate in the Fast when you are not abstaining from eating and drinking.
In this Baha’i Blog Studio Session, Rosalynd Koch and Pascal Schmidt sing the quote, “Verily, I say, fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion.” You can download this song from SoundCloud.
In this great Huffington post article, Rainn Wilson outlines what the Baha’i Fast is and what it means to him. He discusses our dual nature and the cleansing power of dawn prayers.
In his article, Naysan offers some thoughts on the spiritual attributes and qualities that we strengthen during the Fast.
You can stream Elika Mahony’s album, Meditations for the Fast, where she puts the words of Baha’u’llah and Abdu’l-Baha about the Fast to beautiful and enchanting melodies.
Amy’s article is deeply moving and touching. It discusses the passing of her mother and how the Fast helps us to develop empathy for the suffering of others.
Fast in a Day (2012) is a global attempt – created by Media Makes Us – to crowd source the feelings and emotions that surround the Baha’i Fast. All footage was generated from users of their online network and was filmed during the fasting period.
In this Nineteenmonths article, Caitlin explores what it means to some mothers to be exempt from physically partaking of the Fast.
10. Fasting for Love
In this article, Kamelia writes about different ways of approaching the Fast and how she now sees fasting as an act of love.
Ever wondered what the practice of fasting looks like in other faiths? This article introduces how this spiritual practice is carried out by believers of some of the world’s religions.
Test your knowledge of the Fast with this 10 question quiz!
In this blog post, Susan Gammage offers some practical ideas of how to nourish your body during the Fast both before the sun rises and after it sets, as well as advice for maintaining energy and meeting the expectations of those around you.
Dan Radecki writes about the neuroscience benefits of fasting in this insightful Baha’i Teachings article.
In this interview, Deborah Walters, a Doctor of Naturopathy and Homeopathy, talks about her book, The Supreme Remedy, which explores her thoughts as to why Baha’u’llah said the fast is a remedy for self and passion.
Looking for a way to explain the Fast to a child? Melissa Charepoo has written a book just for that purpose. Observing the Fast and Celebrating Naw-Ruz Around the World explains, with colourful images, some the basic principles of the Fast to a young audience.
In this introductory video, Nabilinho draws on the Baha’i Writings to explain the Baha’i Fast and outline some of its physical and spiritual aspects.
In this Bahai Teachings article, KC Porter explores how the Fast affects his creative process.
Morris reflects on what he is giving up when he is fasting, the relationship between sacrifice and the fasting period and the difference between the physical fast and the spiritual fast.
We’d love to hear from you if there are other resources you turn to! We wish you a rejuvenating and empowering fasting period!