A year ago, a friend decided to do a weeklong dry fast in the woods. This was in preparation for a Native American sweat. (My friend is Seneca; the sweat lodge is Cree-Apache.) He asked me to fast with him in solidarity because the last few days right before the sweat are the most difficult. I decided to fast for two days. I had some trepidation because I wasn’t going to eat or cook anything.
I love to eat. Even after shifting to a vegan diet, I find food to be glorious. Food stimulates all the senses – taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing. I love to cook, enjoy cookbooks, and used to watch cooking shows with wild abandon.
I had some preparation because I take S.N. Goenka’s 10-day vipassana meditation courses. Old students (people who have completed one 10-day course) are asked to not take a meal after lunch. I had concerns there too. Lunch is at noon and the breakfast the following day is at 6AM.
Needless to say, I have gotten over the fear of not being able to eat during the day. Spending the day fasting, meditating, and reflecting on life has been an eye-opening experience.
Fasting allows you to hear your Higher Self. It helps you live in the moment and understand the meaning of your life on a deeper level. However you receive messages from spirit will become magnified.
Your ego’s attachments also become magnified when you fast.
You may feel like you are at a fork in the road. You have free will – decide on which direction you want to go. Once you move past the difficulty you will surprisingly notice how much easier the fast becomes. This is also symbolic of the challenges in your life. Your consciousness shifts and expands after moving through the difficulties.
Incorporating fasting into your spiritual practice can be expansive. However you decide to fast – dry, wet, partial day, or all day – will give you varying results. Best of all, your will become closer to spirit.