"What happens in Ramadan is transformational. This may be hard to believe for some people who only consider the physicality of the practice. Not eating or drinking is just one part of a month dedicated to the utter internal stripping of egoism. We underestimate our power of self-control sometimes. We live in a fast-paced, drive-thru, Amazon Prime, Uber Eats, Instacart world these days. Everything is easy; everything is within reach, or just a click away. We struggle with basic principles, such as showing patience, sharing, and making do with what we have. We want to indulge – to feel good, to splurge, and repeat to feel in charge. In Ramadan you wait. You sit, you reflect, you feel hunger, you feel thirst, you are tired. Many times you are pushed to your breaking point, but you wait.

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We become in tune with ourselves again, with the values that strengthen us and define our being. We are reminded of meaning in life and keeping purpose part of our daily decisions. We learn about ourselves, where our strengths lie, what can be done with our weaknesses. We begin addressing what needs addressing, first internally, then externally; first in theory, then in practice. We have the time and energy for this crucial evolvement because we are not noisily occupied by mediocre, unsubstantive distractions. And then, approximately thirty days later we feel different. We feel accomplished, fine-tuned, steady. We find ourselves eating less out of habit, appreciating more with respect for what we have. It is truly a special feeling. It is truly a blessed month."

Ramadan and the power of fasting
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