Traditional Beliefs About Subtraction
One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned over the past few years has been the art of #subtraction
. For whatever reason, many of us believe that subtracting things from our lives has a negative connotation, that we are giving something valuable up. Sometimes that’s exactly the intention.
In the case of Lent for many Christian faiths, the believer commits to self denial of specific luxuries for 40 day to replicate the 40 day fasting sacrifice by Jesus Christ's journey into the desert. During Ramadan, Muslims practice fasting during the ninth month of the Islamic calendar. This commemorates the first revelation of the Quran to Muhammad.
I am aware of other faiths that have similar practices in sacrifice by subtraction. These two are examples simply two that I have experience with and are indicative of sacrifice in the form of the removal of a daily luxury. Both faiths are rewarded after successful practice is...