Friday 10 June 2016

Inspiration for the mind and soul

لسلام عليكم
Peace Be Upon You

On the first Friday (Jumuah) of Ramdaan, I am happy to report that the first few days of fasting have passed by successfully. I have managed to complete a lot of what I had planned these past few days, apart from merely abstaining from food and drink between sunrise and sunset. A lot of personal introspection takes place during this month and I usually find the inspiration for any big life changes during this month. Whether it is a personal behaviour, studies to pursue in the upcoming year, business decisions and plans around the home. 

"Fasting is not about a diet of burning calories,
It's about burning ego, pride and sins."
- Unknown

I truly believe that when the body is weak (when fasting especially) the mind and soul is strong. The ability to clear the mind of clutter becomes enhanced and one can focus on that which is important. There is no time to be concerned with trivialities, unnecessary dramas and being obsessed with food. There is no time to be concerned with what others are doing, or not doing, and instead rather focus inwardly. When one focuses internally on our own faults, and concentrate on mending these, everything else fades into oblivion. This is the time to reflect on what we'd like to improve, to reflect on our shortcomings and seeking mercy and forgiveness. In the same way we seek forgiveness, it is helpful to forgive those we feel have wronged us, so that it doesn't take up or foster any negative energy.

This past week has already set the scene for peace in the home, and the kids, even though they are studying have settled into fasting without complaint. This is amazing since they are usually voracious eaters, always scouring the pantry. The sense of tranquility have infiltrated their consciousness too, and there have only been occasional bursts of disagreements with each other. It's great how this has just happened without the reminder from mom, and they have even taken to stepping in with preparations when I am unable to be present at Iftar time. I am hopeful that this will last through the month without complaint.

I am thankful for the opportunity to experience another Ramadaan, in good health (apart from the flu) and that my family has pulled together to step in and help me, especially since I have engagements which take me away during Iftar time (time we break fast). More than ever, I can tangibly feel the power of a family that supports one another without judgement, without the pressures and need for conformity. Every single person in our home is vastly different and those differences are accepted without criticism. Earlier this week, we had a family meeting to discuss how we would deal with the challenges of our schedules during this month, and it was precious to see how each one was able to agree to a compromise that worked for everyone. 
We're off to a good start Algamdulilah.
And let's hope it continues...

All the best to those readers fasting!

Winter is back, after a relatively mild week, so today's look features a warm, bundled up outfit. The oversize camel blazer and blanket scarf are two staples in the wardrobe this winter, they are versatile, add extra coverage for that modest look and the best way to keep warm! All pieces are from previous seasons, except the bag, which was a recent purchase abroad.

Outfit details:
Woolworths camel blazer (last year sale purchase)
Woolworths skinny jeans
Country Road white shirt
Forever New wool blanket scarf
Old Country Road scarf
Woolworths leather boots (two years ago)

Caio for now,
RuBe xoxo

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