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More ENERGY!

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Most of you are not aware, but I started fasting last Friday, 7-20-2012, for the month of Ramadan. What can I say? It is better than I expected and not as hard as I assumed

I have never fasted. So I guess that makes me a fast-virgin. haha! Is that inappropriate? Anyhow, my intentions were to complete three to five days of fasting, even though Ramadan’s done for a month. But after the first three days went by, I knew I had to keep going. I wasn’t going to limit myself. I’m not Muslim, but I really want/need to experience this. I went to a Mosque for the first time that Friday to break fast with my soul brothers. One of my closest ones told me I had to wear a head scarf. (I won’t deny that I felt inclined to reject the idea of attending because I felt like I shouldn’t have to.) But I put my pride and ignorance aside and agreed. I must say I look rather charming in a hijab! πŸ™‚

How do they wrap these things nicely and make it stay?

At that Mosque, the food was DELICIOUS. The first night we had brown rice, roti and some sweet mango thing, salad, and some kind of meat. I didn’t eat the meat, although it looked quite appetizing. The second night there was a curry rice with veggies, noodles with veggies, salad and chicken. Again, I didn’t have the chicken.

My overall diet after breaking fast has consisted of natural veggie and fruit juices, cereal with nuts and fruits and hemp powder with almond milk, grilled veggie pizza, freshly ground peanut butter and raspberry jam sandwiches on french mini baguettes or multi-grain ciabatta rolls, wheat crackers and tomato basil hummus, fruits and salads. Oh, and of course WATER and tea!

Made my salads and juices from here

One of the breads

They grounded the butter in front of me.. that’s what i call FRESH

Granola & fruit cereal. Ants proof!

I trust you WON’T report me

The other one was grilled

Just a small fraction of my tea collection

So, back to the title of my post. I have been constantly flowing with energy since I began Ramadan. And I know we are made of energy, so of course its only natural. But I mean, I am very well aware of it. I feel it in my veins, through my chest, under my skin. It’s such a great, satisfying and healing feeling. I’d say it’s indescribable, but AMAZING! I feel refreshed, light, happy, ecstatic, lively, more positive… I could go on.

I wondered, what has been sustaining me during the fifteen hours of absolutely no consumption, and I only have one answer: GOD. I pray and meditate every chance I get. I’ve disconnected from every social site (except you guys), I have not watched TV, listened to music, socialized (unless I’m at the Mosque or other healing group gathering (Reiki circles, for example), nor have I felt the need for these things.

I feel stupendous, fantastically amazing and overall filled with peace.

So, last night I decided to treat myself because I am truly proud at how much I am achieving and how disciplined I have been. I don’t have a sweet tooth, but every now and then I crave for a scrumptious delicacy of some sort. This is the Ultimate Pecan Cinnamon Roll from The Fresh Market, about 18 miles from home.

the photo does it NO justice

But I only had this much!

I shared the rest

Overall, I feel like I have more clarity, more energy, more joy and peace. I will definitely be doing this every year. It’s been the best decision I’ve made in 2012 so far. I truly and wholeheartedly recommend this to any and every one, religious or not, spiritual or not.
Ain’t it ironic how in a post about fasting there seems to be so much food? I do get thirsty, but honestly, I have not been starving. I truly feel great, and God alone has been sustaining me.

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Author: amoonfull

A lover of arts, tea & nature.

23 thoughts on “More ENERGY!

  1. I know the feeling! Something happens when you stop focusing on your stomach and focus more on your spiritual life. Sometimes I wish I didn’t have to break the fast…until I force myself to take a bite, then I just want to eat and eat πŸ™‚

    • Oh my Goodness, yes! lol I sometimes look forward to breaking my fast but when the time actually comes, I don’t want to. Then i take one bite, and it’s on!

  2. Oh my Goodness, yes! lol I sometimes look forward to breaking my fast but when the time actually comes, I don’t want to. Then i take one bite, and it’s on!

  3. Well done Moon! It’s not easy to fast (even for some Muslims) but you’ve done really well and feel extremely positive too! And you look lovely in that scarf, you need a little brooch under your chin to hold it together, or wrap it round tighter and hold it with a hairpin/scarfpin on the side above your ear. But even if you wear it as it is, it’s fine, really sweet indeed! πŸ™‚

    • Hehe! Thanks Rosa. I really do feel positive. And thanks for the compliments. I have very short curly hair, and if i was to put it tightly around my head, it will bring down the little bit of volume i’m able to get. Yea i know, kind of vain, but hey, like you said, it’s fine the way it is.
      Thanks so much for your encouragement. I only have Muslim brothers around me, not sisters. So its great! πŸ™‚
      I hope Ramadan is going well for you too!

  4. I tried Ramadan fasting once too, though I am not a Muslim. Almost felt the same experience and was amazed at it. Nice post.

    • Thats great! I am not either. But I respect their religion and what it is based on. I’m glad you enjoyed the experience as well. You never thought of doing it again?

      • Yeah I gave it a serious thought this year. I could’ve done it. But I didn’t feel ready, you know… Are you doing it now?

      • Yes, I am. My first time. When I became Christian in 2007, I always wanted to fast. and during many opportunities, i never did. Ramadan came at a moment in my life when I was more than ready. I was basically begging for something like this, and POOF, it’s here! I never knew about it, and a few weeks before it started, a friend was telling me about it. I originally said no, because of fear, perhaps. Then I realized how much there is to gain from it, and decide to take him up for the offer. Don’t regret a single day.

      • That’s good. I am happy to know that there are people like you also. When I tried fasting some of my friends frowned at me. I want to try it next time. I’m sort of traveling these days which makes it even more difficult to fast. Hope you are at peace.
        πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks you. I am. Hope you enjoy your travels!
    Namaste. – Moon

  6. I’m so glad I found your post! What an awesome experience you are having, you totally nailed it. Fasting gives you more energy, brings you closer to God and makes you realize your complete dependence on him. And the food you are eating at break fast looks amazingly healthy and replenishing. Just curious what hemp powder tastes like…Rock on sista!

    • Thanks so much! It truly IS a wonderful experience. And like you mentioned in your post, some people feel bad about eating in front of me or want to offer me water. It’s not that serious. I’m not suffering, in fact, I feel more grateful. Hemp powder doesn’t taste like anything really. It’s just a bit annoying when you add it to cold milk because it gets clumpy! But it doesnt really have much taste. I recently bought hemp seeds, they sort of taste like the inside of sunflower seeds. Not bad!

  7. I have to say that cinnamon roll looks amazing πŸ˜€ It’s always a bit of a shame how little I can eat after I break my fast, compared to how hard I was craving a certain food all day haha.

    Thank you so much for sharing your experience. You’ve captured the feeling of fasting so well… and you do look very nice in the headscarf! πŸ™‚

    I hope you find peace in your undertaking of Ramadan. In Islamic tradition, we are taught that the early Muslims – the Prophet Muhammad PBUH’s companions – used to prepare to welcome Ramadan 3 months in advance, and farewell it for three months later. It always seems a bit difficult to understand until you truly feel the impact of Ramadan!

  8. great stuff! here is a blog that records a Pastor’s fasting experience. you might like it:
    http://newmethofesto.com/

  9. God alone has been sustaining me as well. I, like you, am not a Muslim, but my wife is & my participation is based more out of respect for her, however I do feel closer to God somehow through this. Difficult to explain, but I am more at peace & less uptight. In addition to that Ramadan has helped me shed a few pounds. I look better, my pants feel better, now I have got to keep the weight off.

    Really great blog amoonfull – I’d have a hard time fasting from social media though,not sure how I’d pull that off. 30 days without looking at my email or facebook would be VERY difficult.
    I am going to try that for 3 weeks starting in October when I go on vacation.

    • It is awesome how we can coexist and respect one another’s views and beliefs. Ramadan has done some great things in my life, I am so glad I decided to do it. Keeping the weight off… eating healthier will definitely assist with that, and being active is a major plus as well. About social media, we’ve got to remember that without it, we are still functional. It’s a matter of not letting it consume us or controlling us. I hope you commit to it, you will notice a change. Good luck. πŸ™‚

  10. Eid Mubarak to you

  11. Gracias por tu prespectiva! Como una Musulmana me encanta escuchar las experiencias de los q estan explorando aspectos diferentes de mi fe.

    Y estas tan linda en tu hijab πŸ™‚

  12. Thanks for sharing your experience Moon. Fasting without God just isn’t the same. I’ve done both and I’ll not go back. Glad to know others are feeling the need to cleanse and prepare our bodies differently than before. The energy is different, we are changing and Divine is at the source of all of it. Blessings to you and your journey. And, I thought you looked beautiful in the hijab.

    • It was indeed a great journey. I can’t compare it to any other experience. It was my first time fasting and definitely not my last! Thank you for your thoughts and compliment! πŸ™‚

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