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Mediations on Fasting

Hunger. Reincarnation. Yoga. Cooking. Prayer. Restraint. Family. Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, a new book of insights and meditations by yoga instructor and Oberlin College creative writing professor, Kazim Ali, touches on these parts of the human...

Hunger. Reincarnation. Yoga. Cooking. Prayer. Restraint. Family. Fasting for Ramadan: Notes from a Spiritual Practice, a new book of insights and meditations by yoga instructor and Oberlin College creative writing professor, Kazim Ali, touches on these parts of the human experience. Writing about the Islam occasion of Ramadan, Ali articulates the process of fasting from dusk to dawn:

“Twenty-nine or thirty days to explore the line
between the interior of the body and the surrounding world, to think
about what is brought to us and what we owe,” he writes.

He also compares the process to yoga. “[Yoga] is a practice, not unlike fasting, that allows us to practice linking
the inside-the private experiences of the body and the mind-with the
outside, the pulsing, breathing, actual world.”

Even if you’ve never fasted in your life, Ali addresses the other way we deny our appetites–something most human beings can relate to.

We want to know: Have you ever denied your appetite? What was the result?