• Yahaira Muyea Tarr

Ramadan Reflections

To wake up and choose anything but consumption is a means of pouring into the spirit written across many religions and particularly within the Abrahamic faiths (Islam, Judaism, Christianity).

Sitting with movements and sounds within you is made possible once you pause. I found many things:

  1. After 17 hours fasting (and 3 more to go) my body entered a digestive state prominent enough to where I could sense what felt like bubbles pushing through my intestines.

A little over a week into Ramadan my attentiveness to my body heightens and I’m drawn to functions in locations like the tongue, the soles of my feet, and the entire spine.

2. My body did not desire half of the food I normally consume.

An intention I set for this years practice goes by the name of “Eat Clean”. Aside from indulgences I aimed for balanced meals and raw fruit snacks. Once I broke fast and enjoyed my meals like this after a while I craved the more revitalizing foods.

The most spiritual promise I could keep to myself at this time was to honor my body more than the promise of honoring the fasting practice. As a person with a history of disordered eating and someone working labor intensive 8 hour shifts I knew God didn’t want me passing out. Sugar free beverages were an allotment I gave myself especially on days where water intake was particularly low or when I was working (3 days a week).

Lastly, I planned to focus on my mind body connection during fasting and see the revelations that took place there. In the African diaspora it is common for Black folks to have many religions and and in my spiritual practice I keep what has resonated from the practices I’ve been introduced to.

That’s all to say that as Eid was approaching I begun to naturally pray up to 5 times a day which wasn’t an explicit intention of mine but will grow into one moving forward and is custom for Muslims who practice by the book.

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