There are many ways to fast. I am not very good at the food deprivation thing, though I will deliberately eat sparingly to help my body cleanse. Usually I just follow when my body says it’s not hungry & go with that. It can go on for days or even a couple of weeks. I honor those inner promptings & follow where they lead. Food is just one form of fasting because it’s only one form of nourishment. There is also what we feed our minds & spirits & that’s equally, if not more, important. What we put into our minds becomes our dominant thoughts, which become our behaviors, which become how we present ourselves to the world & shape who we eventually become.
I have undertaken media fasts many times & just like food fasts I find myself feeling lighter & more engaged with the world & the Divine once I end my fast. The funny thing about media fasting is I never feel the desire to take up old habits once the fast is in process & I’ve adjusted to the change. This adjustment can be instant due to feeling an overwhelm of negative input (ever notice how the only “news” people & the media ever feel pressed to share is overwhelmingly unpleasant?) or more gradual when I reallize I’m spending too much time feeding on mental junk food. Massive intake of negativity contributes to the really destructive, unsupportive habits of grouchiness, negative thinking/expectations, poor self-talk & chronic complaining. Instead of looking for the beauty in the world, we consistantly look for (& find) only ugliness, evil workings & despair. We feel justified in our negativity: “See? There’s all this stuff WRONG with the world! How can I find anything GOOD among all this trash?” It’s a self perpetuating cycle, like a kind of spiritual Candida infection. We never stop to ponder how we are contributing to our poor mental state or the fact that the means to change it is completely & solely within our control.
I have been fasting from my developed habit of chronic grumpiness & complaining lately. It’s a simple matter but not an easy one. Up until now I neglected to notice that I was still taking in huge doses of negativity in my daily comings & goings. I pondered why I seemed to have so much trouble deleting swearing, complaining, grouchiness & a general negative attitude from my behavioral tool kit. Gone are the days when I can simply ignore the news because I don’t read the papers or watch tv news. I am connected to all manner of potential negative input through the use of social media like Facebook & Twitter.
I need to be even more discerning than before. Now I am aware & have begun making the necessary changes. My fast has become easier. The usual outpouring of gunk that happens at the beginning of a fast is taking place. It’s uncomfortable, but necessary. Detox comes in all forms & with all fasts. Here’s to many more dances of true happiness in my future. I inite you to join me & see the world as the beauty-filled place that it is!