It’s probably more difficult than ever to live in a simple meaningful way. There are so many distractions, temptations and high tech gadgets intended to make life easier, but, in actual fact probably cause more confusion and complication more often than not! We adorn ourselves with designer brands and endeavour to be voguish – which is not to say that this is wrong. However, I think people of a certain age hark back to times when life was more simple and more of our time was spent focused on relationships and activities which are all but lost in modern society. ‘Virtual Life’ which is found throughout social media has become more significant and influential than real life. Even the majority of news and literature is accessed through digital medium. There comes a point where we have to strip this down and focus our behaviour in a different way.

For many people it’s far easier to be generous with money than time or affection. We neglect relationships or become too focussed on our own aspirations and needs. I and me take president over you and us. So perhaps it’s time we all did an audit of our conduct . Do you take time to listen to people that matter? Do you prefer to stare at a screen rather than your partner or loved ones ? Is checking Facebook your first thought as you wake up? What proportion of your life is spent helping someone else ? Has what you have become more important than who you are ? If any of these resonate with you perhaps it’s time to start a metaphorical ‘fast’ each day where you starve yourself of social media or abstain from everyday demands and focus completely on loved ones. Simplifying your life might allow you to focus more acutely on what is important and prioritise.

Hopefully the outcome will see simple pleasures intensified , generosity will take over not just fiscally but spiritually and emotionally. Caring and sharing will become a habit and what you have and can achieve will take second place to help others be the best they can and live more comfortably regardless of their social standing or creed. Allow the beauty of this incredible holy month ignite new passions inside you which culture selflessness and unbridled hope for the future.

‘We must master our egoism, and through this mastery, step outside ourselves and educate ourselves in giving. Fasting requires that we rediscover all that is alive around us, and reconcile ourselves with our environment.’ – Tariq Ramadan

Regardless of faith or nationality this philosophy will undoubtedly detox our moral being and reset our priorities!


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