For weeks I’ve been looking forward to fasting and reflecting more deeply this Ramadan, and here we are. We need a Ramadan!
I recently watched a news report that stated that right now, about 2 Billion people on this planet are detaching from food and drink from sunrise to sunset to observe the commandment in the Holy Quran to fast in Ramadan – the 9th lunar month, in order to become more God-conscious. I am one of them. I like to eat, so there’s no other reason that I would totally refrain from food or drink except to take advantage of this great opportunity to become more fully aware. The goal of fasting itself is not to experience hunger and thirst; and there are even many Muslims who cannot fast. Still, the opportunity to become more conscious is available to all of us – fasting in Ramadan is just one of the most powerful and beneficial means to do so in community.
For most of us, it’s hard to detach from food or anything else we enjoy, but, it is necessary to do so in order to connect to what matters more when it’s appropriate to do so. I’m an artist who ebbs and flows between the detached solitude of artmaking in my studio and connecting to other people and building community through my social practice collaborations like my recent X Speaks. Right now back to studio mode. Every time and space has its own special opportunity.
Ramadan Kareem wa Mubarak!