Here are five ways to connect with the Ramadan spirit in your own way.
Take up meditation
Ramadan is a time for reflection. Meditation boasts both mental and physiology benefits from reducing stress, blood pressure and aging, to increasing happiness, self-awareness and acceptance. Download the app Calm or Headspace to help you get started. If you have the time, head west on Makkah Rd. and find your very own meditation spot on the cliffs.
Perform an act of kindness
Show consideration or appreciation for someone with an act of kindness no matter how small. In making others feel valued, we make ourselves feel valued; which in turn encourages us to have a more positive approach to life. Focus on the important things this month and don’t sweat the immaterial.
Make it a date
As the Muslim community around you fasts by day and feasts by night, don’t miss out on the festivities. Arrange to meet with friends for dinner at a Ramadan tent and feel the buzz of the celebrations. Hotels like the Four Seasons, Al Faisaliah and the InterContinental are well known for their iftar tents.
Start a dinner club
Nothing beats taking the time to gather people around a table to break bread. Sharing platters work well for large groups, and can help people feel more social. You can even ask guests to bring dishes of their choice. Whether you decide to make it a weekly or monthly occurrence, just make it happen this month.
What better way to connect with the spirit of Ramadan than by fasting? Fasting is a way for Muslims to develop empathy with the less fortunate. You don’t have to adhere to all the rules, just do whatever you can. If you get the opportunity, break fast with a Muslim family. We learn more about a people when we share a meal with them.