The Best Way to Fast - Step by Step Process
“The body knows no wisdom as to shoulds and should nots. It would eat and drink itself to death if it had its way, given its own instinctive intelligence. It is the mind that controls the body and emotions and must effect this restraint for its own preservation, health and wellness of being.”
Start from Square One –
Disease and health like circumstances are rooted in thought. Strong pure and happy thoughts build up the body in vigor and grace. Out of a clean heart comes a clean life, and a clean body. Thought is the font of action of life and a corrupt body: make the fountain pure, and all will be pure. Change of diet will not help us if we will not change our thoughts. When thoughts are made pure, impure food is no longer desired. If you would perfect your body, guard your mind. If you would renew your body, beautify your mind. There is no physician like cheerful though for dissipating the ills of the body. To think well of all, to be cheerful with all, to patiently learn to find the good in all – such unselfish thoughts are the very portals of heaven; and to dwell day by day in thoughts of peace toward every creature will bring abounding peace to their possessor. To have a strong spirit, one must have a clean body and strong mind.
Square two –
The most prominent function of fasting is for revering and showing devotion to a specific religion or cause. Fasting can be considered giving anything up from chocolate, to meat, to TV. Some have fasted to impose self suffering on a physical level for sins committed, while hunger strikes and peaceful protests are common political reasons to fast. Historically, fasting has been mentioned in almost every major religion and text such as; the Mahabharata, the Bible, the Book of Mormon, the Upanishads, and the Qur'an. Many churches have holidays dedicated to fasting such as; the Catholic Church which has Lent, the Mormon religion fasts the first Sunday of every month and Judaism fasts during Yom Kippur and Tisha B’Av. The Islamic and Hindu religions are also known for their devotion to fasting. By the act of renunciation, a Hindhu cuts the bonds that tie himself/herself to worldly indulgence. Nearly all religions would agree that purity of body is essential for spiritual well-being. Gorging oneself has always been a form of decadence in any culture and decadence is the dance of decay. According to the Eastern practice of Ayurveda, “not eating too much is the greatest thing you can do for your health”.
While fasting is literally an outward show of devotion, it is also believed to unlock a spiritual connection to whatever source or ideal that the fasting individual is hoping to get in touch with; this could have something to do with the weakening of the bodies faculties and the humbling of the mind. It is hypothesized that fasting makes space within an individual's consciousness for the spirit and its doings.
“In the universe there is an unmeasurable, indescribable force which those who live of the source call intention. Absolutely everything that exists in the entire cosmos is attached to intent by the connecting link. “Sourcerers” are not only concerned with understanding and explaining that connecting link, but they are especially concerned with cleansing the link of the numbing effects brought about by all of the concerns of living at ordinary levels of consciousness. “ Karl Constenada
The Debate: Healthy Vs. Harmful -
Although fasting has been argued to strengthen the soul, it is necessary to acknowledge the physical side effects it places on the human body. In our Western society, Americans eat too much fat, too much meat, and too much sugar. Americans actually eat too much, period. This causes unneeded strain on the bodies’ organs and digestive track. Behind alcohol and smoking, overeating is the most harmful action one can inflict on the body. For this reason, many have considered occasional fasting for health reasons. How a fast is executed determines the physical safety of the fast. By fact, after going several hours without food, the body begins to run off of protein, muscle and fat. Once all the glucose in the body is used, it finally begins to break down the organs of the body. Usually starvation sets in before this happens. While extreme fasting can lead to bodily harm or even death, many studies have shown that moderate fasting can lower the risk of cancer and slow the aging process. We could argue back and forth about the pros and cons of fasting but only you can find out by testing it for yourself. Since it is impossible to generalize an experience, testing the theory will be the best source of knowledge. Improved health is the best proof of any practice. A fast costs very little money, and may be one of the best things you do for your health.