In all honesty Ramadan is a month with lots of intense high and low emotions.
Whilst we are forever told that this is a month to change, be this way and that, not everyone is the same and none of us should expect something out of someone just because they themselves are doing it.
Every year Ramadan brings new insecurities for me, and if we were all honest maybe we will admit the same too without the fear of being judged or being made to feel a certain way.
This year I can only imagine it will be very intense with so much suppressed emotions from the covid situation. No doubt there will be PTSD, traumas and wounds that would have layered up for people in many different ways.
Old traumas may find its way back this year, unresolved situations may trouble us more than we can imagine. That being said the impact of isolation, quarantine and lockdown will have created a different kind of scars and wounds.
Though Fasting is very much encouraged in so many religions it also intensifies human emotions. For self-awareness it is amazing it gives us a chance to dig deep and pay attention to what needs working on, but the fragile mind of people this year may mean we are not correctly equipped to manage those emotions especially the negative ones that visit us time to time.
Know that spiritual medicine is very similar to physical medicine, so Ramadan will most definitely help us work through the repressed emotions and allow us to feel again. It may not be easy for most but it will indeed be rewarding if done in a respectful way rather than just waiting to eat at Iftar time. Ramadan is an excellent period to know where you are and will allow you to dig deep.
This year may be challenging and testing times as most are experiencing some sort of loss, experiencing hardship financially, emotionally or physically.
The 30 days of Ramadan will be a great starting point for healing, to reconnect with yourself, to forgive yourself and others, but most importantly to find yourself again.
Use the 30 days of Ramadan to kickstart a new habit, Islam encourages exercise and the body should not be neglected as it is a gift that was given to us by our creator.
Most of our mental blocks or negative thinking comes from not paying attention to how we nourish ourselves or the lack of exercise. Islam embodies mind, body soul. Ramadan was prescribed to us for many beautiful reasons.
Time after time scientific research has shown us that physical exercise helps us with our mental health and this year myself and a group of females have challenged ourselves to improve our wellbeing using fitness as a tool. Find just ten minutes a day to do some light stretches, some yoga or go for a walk. This will help with increasing all the happy chemicals in your brain so you can shift the low emotions.
Be ok with your highs and lows, remember our emotions are always in motion and the fasting period will no doubt heighten everything.
Character building and being self-aware is crucial at this point too.
It's being called a human.
It's part and parcel of growth.
Do not attach guilt to anything, you are here to do the best that you can, and ultimately you have the power to change the narrative and the story around the self limiting beliefs you carry around yourself and the situation.
Also remember there is always chaos before order so have faith that these are just passing emotions we give birth to time to time
May you all have blessed month in Ramadan. Leave me your comments and what you thought about this article.
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