In Search of Spiritual Awakening...and a Chai
My youngest son, 9-year-old Mr. T is sitting next to me devouring some crackers and salsa. "I think I'm going to still be hungry after this," he just told me. I gave him my best side-eye in return.
I haven't eaten or had anything to drink since I took my last sip of water just before sunrise at 6:20 AM this morning. It's the annual Baha'i Fast. From March 2nd to March 20th Baha'is (those who aren't pregnant, nursing, sick, elderly, or under the age of 15) don't eat or drink anything between sunrise and sunset.
Like Yom Kippur or Ramadan, you give up something--food--as part of a quest for spiritual awakening and cleansing your soul of attachment to worldly things. Except I'm sort of failing at the spiritual awakening thing right now. I feel like Dracula waiting to spring out of his coffin the minute the sun dips below the horizon. I want to eat some crackers and salsa. And chai. And some really tasty grape tomatoes that are in my refrigerator...and I want to go to the Veggie Grill over by ArcLight on Sunset. And then I want to go to House of Pies and eat dessert.
Prayer + hunger...will I reach spiritual nirvana before sunset?