When you think of fasting, what comes to mind? Perhaps depriving your body of foods or liquids for a set time, while experiencing the thrills that come along with that deprivation. But what if I told you that fasting doesn’t necessarily have to be limited to just what the body takes in for nourishment?
Yes, you can fast without having to give up fuel for your body. There’s many alternatives you can choose from to have a similar affect compared to traditional fasting. But, before we get into that, it’s best to start with the foundation of a fast: The Goal
Setting your Intentions
Before you decide to fast, having a good reason to go on one is just as important. Choosing to go on a fast because it’s trending in the News, or your local Instagram feed, may not be strong enough to keep you committed. This is more of a personal journey and choice since it’s unique to your situation and experience
What’s good for someone else’s fasting regimen may not be what’s in your best interest at the time. Sometimes a fast isn’t needed at all, perhaps you just need time to yourself for introspection. Or, you may know what you need to cut out of your life, but you’re in denial. And trust me, cutting out bad habits isn’t easy and is only half of the process. The latter is dealing with the withdrawal/attachment the body has towards the habit
This isn’t to stop you from fasting, it’s just to have you take a pre-check look at yourself, and find out what you need to work on. The answers we need are always right in our face, we just need to know where to look, and most importantly, to expect an answer!
Having an idea of what you want to achieve during your fast not only motivates you to stay committed, it also sets up the desired outcome you want to experience. As mentioned a few lines above, just going into a fast with no intention is counter-intuitive, since the outcomes may vary. You can have a myriad of good or bad experiences while going through it, yet it can be unfulfilling if there wasn’t a good foundation to start from
All that to say it would be a waste of time and energy to do it for no reason. Since we’re connected to the Universe on many levels, each level thus has its own “good” or “bad” possibilities. So you may or may not have the experience desired because that responsibility was given up to the universe to decide!
Of course your body will experience the “itch” for whatever you’re fasting from, that’s a given. The outcome just wouldn’t be anything worth learning from–as in, no change to your wellbeing or growth. So now that you’re certain a fast is needed, the next question you should ask: What is my Sacrifice?
Sacrifice, Offerings, Tithes
When it comes to sacrificing for a specific goal, the thing in mind being sacrificed, should be something that you’ve grown accustomed to using–in a habitual way. The reason being is that as a habit is being built up, the body and mind is being reliant on that outlet for dopamine releases. A crutch you can say
Taking that “crutch” away allows the body, mind, and spirit to come into balance for growth and mastery over your vices. We all have vices and its nothing to be ashamed of, it’s a part of the human experience! However, one shouldn’t allow themselves to be satisfied by material things as an end-all-be-all. They can be enjoyed, but not become the source of your happiness. That source should always come from within
Deciding what you should fast from is an easy choice, just choose something that you’ve built a habit of using. For example: A phone, TV, coffee, etc. I’m sure you get the idea. Just be sure it’s something worthwhile giving up, you wouldn’t want to short yourself
And again, you can abstain from food & water in a regular fast, but you don’t have to be limited to those options. It’s okay to be creative and think outside the box for your own spiritual growth, after all, it’s just you on your own path. So only you can know what’s needed or not. Besides, after abstaining from your vice for some time and getting back to it, the experience you get when you get off your hiatus–is much greater and enjoyable
This brings us to the last step: Your Timeframe
Choosing Your Timeframe and Sticking with it!
With all fasts comes a decent timeframe, long enough to challenge your willpower. On average, a fast can last from three to seven days, or, a whole month, if you want to push yourself. Not saying you have to do a full 30 days, but the choice is always yours. Three days or even a week is just fine to start off with, remember, this is a test of your will
Be sure that if you set a timeframe, you stick with it! Don’t cheat yourself or your body of that spiritual cleanse. Because who knows, maybe that short test of your resolve will open up doors for you in the future, for your success. When doing spiritual work, or getting guidance from your Ancestors, doors may open for you and things will start to manifest in your favor
If you’re familiar with the Law of Cause and Effect (Karma), know that every action has a reaction–by law! This only further proves that there’s no limit to the possible fortunate outcomes you can get from fasting. To put it in perspective: a fast for one week, can lead you to eating a slice of pizza, which then leads you to feeling inspired to set up your own business, and then leads you to running into a future business partner in a grocery store
While that may be humorous and seem far fetched, the possibility of it all happening is still very real, since you made a physical sacrifice to set all of those synchronicities (coincidences) in alignment on your path. Which is why it’s important you set an intention for your fast, so that your intuition (ancestors, higher self) can lead you to greener pastures
Hopefully these steps shed some light into fasting, instead of just giving you the cliché route. Not to say that abstaining from food and water isn’t good enough as it is, but sometimes thinking outside the box provides a fresh perspective and better answers
Thank you all for reading!