Fasting for Thanksgiving. A Jain Perspective

Once upon a time, Thanksgiving was my favorite holiday. It wasn’t because of how grateful I was or that I could spend time with family. I loved Thanksgiving because it’s one of those times of year many Americans gorge themselves without remorse. And if that isn’t enough, we wake up early the next day (Black […]

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Jains: Masters of the Fast

Fasting, the act of abstaining from food, drink, or really anything else for a prescribed amount of time, is a time-honored practice in many faiths. In February, I fasted for a day after I found out about my Hindu Mentor’s passing. As a Latter-day Saint in July, I observed a fast on the first Sunday […]

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Exercise During Ramadan: Suicide?

Running is a part of my life, in fact, you might call it a part of my meditation routine. Like many athletes, I drift into a trance while jogging, running, or doing sprints. So when I became an honorary Muslim in August–right at the start of Ramadan–exercise came under threat. Or did it…?

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My First Day with Islam

…And I catch a cold. Seriously, I get sick maybe once a year and it happens on the first day of Islam AND Ramadan? I barely got any sleep last night (which is typical for the first of any month because of new religion jitters), but woke up at 4:30 this morning with a nasty […]

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