Well hey there, friends :)
Ramadan this year has absolutely FLOWN by! I literally cannot tell where the time went, but what I do know is that it was an absolutely wonderful month. If you want more info about Ramadan & why it's so important, check out this quick post here!
This Ramadan, I set out to spend a little time finding more of myself & growing closer to my faith. I'd like to say that I feel that I accomplished both.
One of my goals was to spend more time listening to people of our faith who can teach me something. So I spent multiple days listening to lectures from some of the most wonderful Islamic scholars - scholars who are from our generation & can speak more openly & concisely to issues that we as a younger generation face. These lectures were amazing. They opened me up to make me think about things that I do every day. Things that I make time for vs. things that I so openly dismiss with an "Eh, I'll do it later." More often than not, I have put my religion on the back burner for time with friends, reading my book, needing to do ANYTHING except say my prayers, or take a moment to read a good verse from the Qu'ran.
I will also say, I am very thankful to have a husband who spent time strengthening his faith. I can't tell you the number of times I got into my car and went to turn up the volume for the music, only to hear beautiful Qu'ranic verses come through the speakers. And instead of rushing to change it, I would listen and I would soak up what I was being told. My goal now - to re-listen to that CD & to really appreciate more than what I did this time around.
Another goal - I wanted to remind myself every day when I got hungry or tired or sleepy that these are the lessons I am SUPPOSED to learn. I am supposed to realize how blessed I am. I am supposed to be thankful that when I open my fast I can still feast. I am supposed to be grateful & thankful for all that I have. I spent many mornings, afternoons & evenings this past month spending time just thanking God. Thanking Him for all that I have - sometimes, we as humans take for granted just being thankful. I now try to find a few times a day where I take a moment to not ask for anything, but rather just to say thank you for everything I have.
Ok and this is going to sound really silly, but my other goal was to continue to workout during Ramadan this year. Too often we play this victim card of "ohmygosh I am SOOOOOOO tired. There's just no way I could imagine doing a workout when I'm so exhausted/hungry/sleepy etc. etc. etc." Well, no. Every reason we list for why we cannot do our workouts is nothing but an excuse. A & I made it a point to try and go to Crossfit anywhere from 3-4 times a week during Ramadan. We would head over to our box for the 8 pm class. By the time we would knock out our warm up & strength portion, it would be time to open our fast & we'd finish up the rest of our main workout then go have dinner. Wanna know something awesome - we didn't die. We did the workouts, we finished & we accomplished that goal. This is the first time I stayed with my workout plans during Ramadan & I'm so glad I did!
This Ramadan was definitely a special one. Especially since it'll be our last one in the USA for a couple of years! I can't believe how quickly this month flew by & I am so blessed to have been able to participate in it. May God bless me with another Ramadan next year!
Hope you all have a wonderful Wednesday, fraannddss! <3