Archive | July, 2011

Spiritual Significance of Ramadan

28 Jul

Once upon a time, I use to dread Ramadan.  As a third grader, there was nothing more painful then not eating all day at school and being surrounded by Juicy Juice and Smart Food packets.

However, as I grew older, and life decided to throw random challenging experiences my way… I started to embrace Ramadan for it’s spiritual and physical purpose.

This leading me to say,   fasting is not only a physical but also a spiritual exercise that has many lasting benefits.

(Following is by NHS Ramadan Health Guide)

1. Heightened Consciousness of God- Fasting helps you to become less preoccupied with bodily appetites, and enables the heart and mind to become free to reflect over deeper spiritual matters, such as your relationship with God and with fellow human beings. It enables a person to develop sustained consciousness of God – “Taqwa”.

2. Healthy living lifestyle -A fasting person learns to restrain and only responds to hunger and thirst in the
heightened level of consciousness and discipline. Through fasting a person begins to appreciate the value of food. In the Qur’an “healthy and wholesome food” is described  as the best of provisions. Thus fasting helps a person choose a healthier lifestyle by
making small yet lasting changes to your daily diet.

“Time is a train – Makes the future the past….Your face pressed up against the glass.”

13 Jul

To add on to the headline of the blog, here’s another beautiful quote:

“Love is one of the subtlest blessings that God has bestowed upon humanity. It exists in everyone as a seed. This seed germinates under favorable circumstances and, growing like a tree, blossoms into a flower, and finally ripens, like a fruit, to unite the beginning with the end.” -Annonymous

Last weekend, my younger sister had her ruksati (wedding receptions), the days before, my family and I had experienced moments of excitement   seasoned with some tears and anxiety…

It’s funny, because as we approach the end of one chapter, memories of the beginning run through the mind…  The memories are fresh and very personal..  All I can say is, It’s crazy how time passes us by sooo quickly… Reminding us, to appreciate what we have, and to shower each moment with love and understanding…

Just like that,  we move forward carrying the memories that define us….

 

Have a Haveli Day!

13 Jul

In South Asia and the Middle East, havelis & riads are very common.  A haveli/riad is an open interior courtyard.  In the West, haveli & riads are not common; but that doesn’t mean you can’t strive to build one.  Here are some wonderful examples:

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