Fasting is a gift that benefits us mentally, spiritually, and physically. It is when you do not eat food or water from sunrise to sunset.
It can increase your energy, help you lose weight, reduce allergy symptoms, enhance the function of your liver, improve your digestion, stabilize your mood, produce a sense of stillness and calmness, reduce cravings, and so much more.
Many spiritual leaders fast, knowing the many benefits of doing so and reaping the many rewards.
“There is a gate in Paradise called Ar-Raiyan, and those who observe fasts will enter through it on the Day of Resurrection and none except them will enter through it. It will be said, ‘Where are those who used to observe fasts?’ They will get up, and none except them will enter through it. After their entry the gate will be closed and nobody will enter through it.”
-Muhammad (Bukhari Book 30 Verse 6)
A genuine fast cleanses the body, mind and soul. It crucifies the flesh and to that extent sets the soul free.
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holy of holies of Jewish time. It is that rarest of phenomena, a Jewish festival without food. Instead it is a day of fasting and prayer, introspection and self-judgment when, collectively and repeatedly, we confess our sins and pray to be written into God’s Book of Life.
Through prayer, fasting, and studying, God will answer.
“The best of all medicines is resting and fasting.”
“Everyone has a doctor in him; we just have to help him in his work. The natural healing force within each one of us is the greatest force in getting well. …to eat when you are sick, is to feed your sickness.”
“Humans live on one-quarter of what they eat; on the other three-quarters lives their doctor.”
-Egyptian Pyramid Inscription (3800 BC)
“I believe that fasting is the “missing link” in the Western diet.”
-Elson Haas, M.D.
To start fasting, simply eat a healthy meal before sunrise then stop eating, drinking, smoking, having sex with your spouse, swearing, cursing, or anything else evil or negative etc. until sunset. After sunset you can have another healthy meal. Do not fast from food and water more than once every other day. Talk to your doctor prior to fasting to be sure your body is currently capable of doing so safely.
Sending peaceful wishes to you and yours!