Ramadan is a sacred month in the Islamic calendar that entails a period of fasting, increased charity and spiritual practice, and more time spent in community. Ramadan begins and ends with this month, spanning from April 1st to May 1st.
This is a time of reflection and a fertile time for transformation.
During Ramadan we alter our habits for the season. Through this process we can discover which of our habits are building towards the life we desire. We can choose to nurture those habits and prune back habits that are no longer beneficial. We can experiment with the addition of new habits – how might a morning walk fit into our life? Or an evening tea and journal session?
Ramadan is also a time to reflect on our relationships. Our relationship with our spiritual powers, our relationships with family and friends, our relationship with our work and calling, our relationship with ourselves, our relationship with the environment, our relationship with the natural world. And, perhaps, more tangibly, our relationship with food and abundance. What is the balance between what you are giving and what you are receiving? Which relationships feel particularly nourishing? Which relationships are in need of some attention? Are there any relationships that may need to come to an end? Or to transform?
Another area of life ripe for transformation during Ramadan is spiritual practice. Through study, reading, time spent in meditative practicet, time spent in community, and time spent in giving to others one can experience rapid growth and discovery during Ramadan.
The period of Ramadan can be full of beauty and blessings.
Even if you are not Muslim consider this an invitation to look upon your life with gratitude and then to make and act on a choice to share your gifts with others.