I always turn inwards, much more so than usual during the month of Ramadan. It’s a time to seek beauty in every form – part of my attempt at a spiritual renewal. It’s a spiritual process, but the first day is always the hardest.
For now, my body is already used to fasting and I no longer have symptoms of caffeine withdrawal in the morning at work. The headache that I used get because of dehydration has also started to subside. However, my brain has not started processing sentences as fast as I want it to.
But one thing I’m sure of is that Ramadan is here to teach us how to see beauty in everything. Whatever I do in Ramadan, I try as much as I can to see beauty in them.
Despite my efforts to stay healthy, on previous occasions I always forgot that walking and exercising are essential. But as I write this piece, I have come to realise it really matters and on this note, I’m happy to say that for the past three days, I have been successful in remembering to walk for at least an hour before iftar.
Please note that everything I say here may not be agreeable to all, but my words come from my experiences and may not be the same as others. There is debate over the merits and demerits of exercise while fasting but following the advise of those who have tried it, I see it works wonders.
In fact, while walking, my headaches seem to disappear. Walks make me feel energetic and the health experts I have consulted too have advised me to continue doing the same.
The point I am trying to make here is that Ramadan teaches us how to appreciate what we have and what we can do but we have to do these responsibly.
A point to remember is that since this Ramadan falls in the summer months, we have to fast longer hours. So, we have to drink lots of water in the evenings to remain hydrated. Again, we have to appreciate the abundance of drinking water that we have, hence making my point – seeing beauty in everything that we have.
Till we meet next, stay safe and see beauty in everything this Ramadan.