This is copied from raw foodist I respect…Nomi Shannon.
Considering this is day 15 for me…1/2 way though my juicing cleanse and Lenten Fast… it is beautiful timing. Plus, this morning, I kept getting encouraged to focus on God’s superabounding grace…not my needs or wants (i.e. lack or perceived lack) and He promises my faith will be what heals me! I am so blessed…! I hope that you will be reading this not-necessarily Christian outlook, but one with some global-views and experiences on fasting. NO matter which way you see it, there can be great benefits to a fast…
If the sound box is stuffed full of anything, no music
every moment a new song comes out of the fire
The fog clears, and new energy makes you run up the steps in front of you
Be emptier and cry like reed instruments cry
When you fast, good habits gather like friends who want to help.
Fasting is Solomon’s ring
Don’t give it to some illusion and lose your power, but even if you have,
if you’ve lost all will and control, they come back when you fast,
like soldiers appearing out of the ground, pennants flying above them
his words have been translated by many. The Essential Rumi
and silence to flirtation, elegance, and majesty. From The Essential
when you fast, expect to see your table spread with a
different kind of food, better than the broth of cabbages.
higher spiritual plane is reached when the stomach
is empty. Nowadays even the common man such as
you and I can experience the mental, physical and
spiritual awakening that comes with fasting.
a good time to give your body a healing rest by fasting.
extensive type of fast known as Kaya-Kalpa. In part,
it involves raising a cow from birth in a very specific
way, then staying alone in a cave or small structure
for a year or more, seeing and speaking to no one
except an assistant, and eating only occasional water
and the raw milk from this special cow.
meditation, special breathing and other aspects known
only to few, that old men who went into the cave a year
ago walk out with their youth regained, with a new set
of teeth, hair and skin. In essence, young again.
in their lifetime, extending their life to 120, 140, 160
years or more, and stop only when they feel their life’s
work is done.
practice of Kaya-Kalpa indicates. To me the highest
and purest type of fast available to us today is water-
only fasting while resting. The resting part is important.
fasting until the feeling of true hunger returns is the
guideline most often used. A typical amount of time
would be 7 to 40 days. While a fast of shorter duration
may be somewhat healing, it isn’t usually until the third
day that serious healing even begins to occur.
of a fast, the amount of human growth hormone in the
bloodstream increases many-fold. This is probably
what accounts for the amazing healing that takes
place along with the cleansing of toxins from the
tissues of the body from day three onward during a
water and resting fast.
and again to be profoundly healing and effective.
have written many books about this. Water fasting is
an important aspect of the Natural Hygiene approach
to Raw Food. Besides reading books by T.C Fry and
Herbert Shelton, a more recent author who addresses
water fasting is Joel Fuhrman, MD.
water and rest fast you consider for three days or
more be a supervised fast. I have done both
supervised and unsupervised week-long fasts and
personally feel that for anything longer than one week,
I would prefer to have it be supervised for support,
companionship and motivation.
conduct supervised fasts and several places
throughout the country and the world where one can
go for resting and fasting under supervision.
True North. Their informative website is
Both men were very knowledgeable and I am glad to
thing to do is drop everything, including work, go to
bed, rest and consume only water.
and get on with your daily routine if you have
symptoms of illness, but a water fast of short duration
can often turn around feeling unwell more effectively
than any supplement or drug. You can prove this to
yourself by simply trying it.
feel like illness are in actuality healing events, which
occur while the long-stored toxins are exiting your body,
you will be able to relax and let your body do what it is
intended to do: Cleanse, heal, and restore.
fresh squeezed fruit and vegetable juices and water.
Because you are consuming nourishment during this
time, bed rest is not required, although it is wise to
rest as much as possible, avoiding heavy exercise for
the duration of the fast.
but many people prefer this slower and more comfortable
way to cleanse. For practical purposes, a juicing fast is
more easily achieved as you can continue with your daily
routine, although it would be best to curtail as much
activity as possible.
far more profound and effective healing experience.
One can undo much of the good that has been done by
moving too quickly into eating dense foods, cooked
foods, or junk foods.
normal diet should last at least as long as half the time
spent actually fasting. This means that if you have
water fasted for 14 days, your transition back to normal
eating should take at least 7 days.
undertaking a fast is of utmost importance. You would
be well advised to read one or more of the many fine
books by the authors previously mentioned on the
subject of fasting before embarking on any type of fast.
the subject. I found it to be informative and motivating
and reminds me of what I am doing and why I am doing it.
a juicing fast as a means of cleansing and healing or
whether you are feeling unwell and fast until you are
better, don’t forget about the miracle of this natural
approach as we enter the warm season again.
talented and fabulous? Actually who are you NOT to be?
other people won’t feel insecure around you
As we are liberated from our own fear,
our presence automatically liberates others