Welcome to Holy Week! This is an unusual week because this year three of our major religions celebrate one of their most important holidays this week.
Ramadan, a month-long holiday, extends from March 23 to April 20. Passover is a seven-to-eight-day holiday, from the evenings of April 5 to April 13, and Easter is celebrated from April 6 to April 10. (The season actually began on February 22, but that is a longer story!)
What does this all mean for you and me? And what does it tell us about our food and eating behaviors? All these spiritual systems involve our choosing to do the right thing, the holy thing, the spiritual thing. And they may involve our handling grief and loss as well. We are to reach for activities that content our souls and comfort our heart, work to do good deeds every day and to avoid bad decisions, to become the best we can be.
All these religions have special food choices based on the individual requirements and beliefs of the religion. The timing of each is related to the first full moon after the equinox. So, what does this say? What does the full moon symbolize and how is it spiritual?
The full moon: represents completion, fertility, abundance, and transformation, when the seeds from the new moon come into bloom. And this is also a meaning very similar to these three holidays.
Here are five suggestions.
- Get focused on following your recovery plan. Say no to the relatives and the other temptations. Be with people you enjoy who support you.
- Pray and meditate. Too often when we are busy and celebrating, we forget to allow time for Higher Power. Set aside time to connect or reconnect with the G-d you believe in.
- Light a candle and enjoy the scent. Take time for yourself to reflect and enjoy. Use a hot bath, or essential oils or whatever gives you time and ability to be in touch with the real you.
- Take a minute and think about what is working or not in your life. What do you need to decide, do, or change to make it work well? How can this holiday help you?
- Write a gratitude list. Say Thank You for all the blessings, both to HP and to the other people who help.
Have a lovely holiday!
Blessings to you,