Softening the voice of the body

I am finally starting to get into the rhythm of fasting.  My body is not fighting it. I am not fighting it. It seems natural. I am just observing the changes. Not that the voice of my body is silenced, it is just gently softened. What a gift!

Verily, I say, fasting is the supreme remedy and the most great healing for the disease of self and passion.
– Baha’u’llah

Since I am starting to view my life as an adventure during which I patiently witness each next turn, the month of Fasting presents me with a particularly fascinating opportunity to sharpen the focus of spiritual observation, letting me see details — thoughts, feelings, inspirations, tremblings of the heart — I would otherwise miss. And it is interesting to observe what others experience and reflect on: from general observations of the connection between fasting and spiritual life to poetic reflections of fasting as the great equalizer.  What an appropriate vision! After all, in the spiritual realm we are all one and equal, and by softening the voice of the body we can hear the chorus of the angels (those noble souls who inspire us with their example) singing to us, toward us, with us, reminding us of oneness.

You too can listen for angels! Can you hear them? Can you sing with them? Can you be one of them?

Array yourselves in the perfection of divine virtues. I hope you may be quickened and vivified by the breaths of the Holy Spirit. Then shall ye indeed become the angels of heaven whom Christ promised would appear in this Day to gather the harvest of divine planting. This is my hope. This is my prayer for you.
(Abdu’l-Baha, The Promulgation of Universal Peace, p. 7)

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