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Thursday, March 18, 2010

This month is incredibly precious to me. March coincides with a nineteen days long fast for members of the Baha'i Faith. All over the world, Baha'is are abstaining from food and drink, from sunrise to sunset, from March 2nd to march 20th. Why, you ask?

"It is essentially a period of meditation and prayer, of spiritual recuperation, during which the believer must strive to make the necessary readjustments in his inner life, and to refresh and reinvigorate the spiritual forces latent within his soul. Its significance and purpose are, therefore, fundamentally spiritual in character."
-- Shoghi Effendi

In conjunction with this special time, a group of Baha'i photographers decided to collaborate in a worldwide project: each day of the Fast, two photographers would take photos at dawn and dusk, to mark the beginning and the end of every fasting day. And so was born nineteen days, which has provided me with daily doses of visual and spiritual inspiration this month.
Here are some of my most favorite photographs...


Layli - Rapid City, USA





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This post is a part of
blog it forward, a wonderful initiative by victoria, to collect and share inspiration from all over the world. I am so happy to be a part of this and encourage you to check out all the other blogs involved, and especially our.city.lights who is posting tomorrow!

23 comments:

Angry Asian said...

gosh these pictures are beautiful. seeing pix like these inspire me.

melly said...

The photos of Haifa and Ross Creek stirred something in me, apart from them being exceptionally beautiful pictures.

Am looking forward to Diana's post tomorrow!

Di said...

These are wonderful - what beautiful insights into daily life! I love the ones from Israel and Australia in particular......And now I've just read Melly's comment and see I agree with her. Thanks for sharing!

Arcadia said...

i like that your photos of different places weren't your typical city skylines and such....you gave a different perspective and view. nicely done!

Bonbon Oiseau said...

these are such beautiful images amy. i love the little peek of red shoes over the landscape of haifa at dawn. what an incredible idea. (are a lot of these from your relatives? i noticed shirin's from beijing!!) also, how can i get membership to your family ;)
thinking of you, deb oxoxox

noosh. said...

great selections!!!

Rebekah said...

Gorgeous photos! I love reading the blog each day for wonderful inspiration and beautiful pictures

from lara said...

these are beautiful. i love the colors in the last one

Mandy said...

Fantastic photographs, love the first one, just great !!!

SonyaMac said...

I lov your blog, it is so clean, I luv white space, oH, I like your post as well.

Dawn said...

just beautiful.

Hijiri said...

Hi Amy!

the project itself sounds so inspiring and the images are all so so gorgeous, it is breathtaking. wow.

Marisa Midori said...

Cherry blossom time is my favourite time of year in Vancouver. Hopefully I'll be able to catch the tail end of it this year. Gorgeous photos, thanks for sharing!

Chessa! said...

what a beautiful collection of images...

onesilentwinter said...

beautiful, i am inspired.

A Day That is Dessert said...

really beautiful and inspiring! thank you for sharing these.

samimi-extremie said...

thanks for this, amyjoon! love you

Christina said...

Beautiful eye--each one of these photos is an exquisite find.

Anna said...

such a beautiful post!

sfgirlbybay said...

such lovely images! thanks for sharing with us!

Camille said...

The photos are so calming, each in their own way. Beautiful

Luna : said...

what a beautiful collection of photos!

The Lil Bee said...

This is so beautiful, I honestly got chills. I have so much respect for people that have the discipline to partake in fasts like this. And these photos are gorgeous. It's like they were able to hone in on things other than themselves during this period. AND, ps, Congratulations!! Just saw your sweet comment that you're pregnant?! So exciting!! Hope you are feeling great:) xo

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