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Monday, December 15, 2014

FASTING AS A TOOL FOR SELF AWARENESS


It is said in Ayurveda that you should take food as medicine, otherwise you are perforce take medicine as food.

In my childhood days, my mother put us on fasting every Monday in Kartik (November - as per Indian calendar ) and myself and sisters used to take circles around kitchen during those hungry hours till evening when sumptuous food is served after evening puja. To endure the pangs of hunger, she used to advise us to immerse in our regular activity rather than thinking food every moment. It is a tradition laced with potential health benefits.
Now after three decades, I am back to fasting with rekindled enthusiasm after I was enough convinced of its immense health benefits. Last month, one day I casually decided to take food only during the night time and to keep the system ticking , I swear to take only morning breakfast and skip lunch and take light dinner. The idea behind it is to overcome the food cravings for a man of 44 years who want to tread a spiritual path. Now, after a month, I feel much more energized than previously.

This is my first-hand experience on fasting which I want to share with you.

In fact, fasting is a cleansing process which takes out the toxic substances from your body. Spiritual luminary Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev says that: Once in every 11 to 14 days, you may not feel like eating. On that day, you should not eat. You know, even dogs and cats have this awareness? At least every 14 days, you could go without food. If you are unable to go without food, if your activity levels are such and you don’t have the necessary sadhana to support you, then you could go on a fruit diet. Just observe your own system, and you may notice that on certain days, you do not really need to eat. Forcing food on those days is not a good thing to do.

Fitness guru Rujuta Diwekar in her best seller book " Don't lose your mind, Lose your weight' says that: Fasting is a powerful tool as a spiritual practice, but nowadays is used mainly as a weight loss tool by 'experts'.

All most all religions have fasting embedded in their cultures. If you remain on fasting, your decision-making faculties would be cleansed and it would help for more self-control. I personally suggest you to take fasting fortnightly once for immense health benefits.

To go to next level in terms of awareness, fasting helps to monitor the inner urges/ food cravings and when we could take control of what to eat, it would definitely put us on higher trajectory !

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