Today is the first day of the month of Ramadaan and I am fasting.
I love this month because it is an opportunity to slow down and be quiet. In the city where I live, everything slows down during this month and the work and school hours are reduced. Shops and restaurants only open after sunset which is when we break our fasts.
There is a great spirit of togetherness as all around me people are fasting too. I can see their tiredness, thirst and hunger in their body movements and eyes. It is a time for humility and going inward. It’s hard for me to be still, so I find myself getting restless and wanting something dramatic to happen. It seems I am so used to living with big dramatic occurrences that I expect something big to happen at anytime.
So Ramadaan is a time to just stay where I am, stay with any restlessness and discomfort that comes up. A time to draw closer to my creator and a time to practise self-restraint. For me fasting is a form of meditation and it allows me to listen to the background noise without caring! The voices around me quieten and I find tranquility in myself.
It’s ok that I have less energy and that there is less to do. It’s ok that there is no drama.
It’s ok to be still and quiet.
It’s ok to be ok.