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A Personal Reflection on Ramadan
Ramadan is the ninth month of the Muslim calendar and the holy month of fasting. In 2022, it falls between April 2nd and May 1st. For Lara Jundi, our Visual Communications Senior Manager, Ramadan is a time “to reset, a time to slow down, a time for contemplation — a time to become the best version of myself through meditation and self-reflection.”
As we approach the final days of Ramadan, Lara shares her perspective on Ramadan as a value stream.
Ramadan as a Value Stream
I see streams within an expanding platform. Their intent is to provoke every user to attain the highest level they can achieve, instigating a one-of-a-kind transformation journey.
This journey requires four key components: time, energy, grit, and flow.
- Time is simple: you have it till you don’t
- Energy is the necessary commodity
- Grit, for perseverance and iteration
- Flow, the secret sauce and/or your fast pass
In this blog, I will focus on energy, or what is referred to as Nour. We would be lost in the dark without it. So how do we harness and maintain it? The platform offers a multitude of methods to obtain energy, it is said they vary as users vary… Some absorb it from nature, mindfulness, exercise, empathy, or gratitude. The user guide to which I prescribe indicates select times to encourage recharge. Specified times per day, a day per week, a month per year.
Ramadan is that refuel month of the year! The intention is set a night before Ramadan begins. A median of 93% of Muslims fast during Ramadan. The standard refuel protocol is fasting by day and as much mindful meditation as one can muster by night. If you are questioning the comfort level, I would say it escalates as you progress. Picture Ramadan as a mountain. The first ten days are an easy hike, the second moderate, and the last ten — to the summit — can be difficult. It all depends on the user’s level of engagement. “So for this let the competitors compete” (Quran 83:26).
It is definitely mind over matter, conquering one’s internal challenges, pushing your limits and trying to create a personal best in terms of holistic physical and mental accomplishment without leaving the comfort of your home. Interestingly, it’s a group challenge where participants truly support one another.
How my day differs during Ramadan:
- I filter my reading and listening to those that are more enlightening and educational in nature.
- I shift my workday to begin two hours earlier, particularly to time my dose of caffeine before sunrise.
- I aim to read the Quran from beginning to end, all 604 pages. (The content of every copy of the Quran is exactly the same, to the single letter.)
- I add a power nap to my day.
- My family eats lighter, more fruits and less protein. A typical breakfast includes dates to break the fast, then soup, salad, mazza or a main dish, and fruit.
This is Ramadan from my value stream, and I love it. Ramadan Mubarak!
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