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2 Awesome Ways To Improve Your Physical and Spiritual Well-Being
When you think of how to improve your physical wellbeing what do you think of first? Most would say eating right and exercise. Yes, you would be correct but there are other ways.
When someone mentions improving your spiritual wellbeing, what do you think of first? Most would say prayer or reading the Bible and yes, you would be correct but there are other ways.
How would you like a way to enhance both your spiritual and physical wellbeing while making your current pursuits that much more effective? Then try fasting and meditation.
In the past 3 weeks, I have delved deeper into both these areas but I want to cover each one by one.
I’ve always been fascinated by the idea of fasting. I’ve done fasts in the past, mostly as a detox. I tried the Master Cleanse once, I’ve done fruit and veggie fasts but technically none of these are fasts. The truest form of fasting is the water fast. At least 24 hours, with taking in nothing but water and NO FOOD. Fast has been misconstrued to include food because it has been used to describe many situations where you limit yourself to only juice or only one type of food. While it is calorically restrictive, it’s not truly a fast.
I read an ebook about fasting about 4 years ago called Quick Fasting, which was about how to begin a 1 to 14 day water fast. It also lists the physical and spiritual benefits of quick fasting.
Here are some…
Physical: Releases toxins, allows the body to recharge, assists in the healing process, gives the digestive system a rest so that energy can be devoted to other bodily resources, food may taste better or at least more vivid to you
Spiritual: Facilitates prayers, lack of need of time to prepare food allows more time to devote to spiritual labor, emulates Christ and his fasts, by denying or sacrificing an important part of our physical lives we are renewed spiritually
Ever since reading that book, I had been fascinated with the idea of fasting. I tried the 1 day fast a few times but had never made it past 20 hours, then I just put it away for a while until about a month ago. I read the book again and decided, I would give it a shot again. I’m at a different place now than I was then so I tried it about 3 weeks ago. I made it! 24 hours without food and it wasn’t so bad at all. Other than a headache (which is a common part of detoxing), I made it through without a hitch. I made it a goal to do it Saturday night into Sunday night so I could coincide it with my most spiritual day of the week which is Sunday. I attend church, pray, and get some serious bible study in. At first, it was kinda hard to concentrate because I would want to eat. Your nose is definitely more sensitive when you’re fasting. Even things you don’t even eat smell good when you’re fasting. So I made it through and that spurred on the idea of doing it every Sunday. This week I chose Sunday night into Monday night because Saturday had grown late and I hadn’t really begun yet and I didn’t want to start at 11:30PM then have to wait until 11:30PM the next day. So I waited and started last night at around 9:30PM. Still later than I would have liked but early enough that when I break my fast tonight, I can still have dinner at a somewhat decent hour. I must say this is the hardest one thus far. With about 6 hours to go, I’m STARVING…but then I think about how I could be really starving with no idea when my next meal is coming and that makes this easier. I can last these next 6 hours with that in mind.
How do I feel so far? Only 3 times in, I definitely can say it’s already taught me to be more disciplined. I’m also less ravenous and more controlled in my eating. It has made me stronger and more resistant and I feel like I have control over my urges when I conquer a goal like this every week. As far as my physial well being, the jury is out on that. I haven’t noticed changes for the better or for the worse yet though I did notice my skin is clearer. I’m not sure if that’s because of the fast though…
So on to the 2nd part of our discussion…
At the beginning of each class, we would conduct a meditation exercise simply called “The Exercise”. The object was to focus on each of the five senses individually. It was harder than it sounded, especially if you have a wandering mind like I do but with practice. This was my first exposure to meditation and the teacher said we should donate a few minutes to it everyday and it would get easier but I often forgot and would only do it in class typically. Once the class was over, it pretty much went by the way side. There were days I would throw in in the morning after I prayed but not with enough consistency to have an effect.
I began a book 2 weeks ago called “55 Ways to Meditate”. I got the book months ago for a free in the Amazon Kindle Store and finally decided to read it. I also got a DVD, “Meditation for Beginners”, from Netflix. With these tools in hand, I decided to really give meditation a go, not just as a complement to my fasting, but also as a way to tap into my deeper spiritual self and on be able to focus and concentrate my thoughts. My mind tends to be all over the place and I would love to be more aware and in the moment. Life is lived in the NOW but if you can’t bring your mind to enjoy the NOW, you aren’t fully appreciating it. Stop and smell the roses, indeed. There are also many physical and spiritual benefits to meditation.
Here are some…
Physical: Releases toxins, makes you more in touch with bodily processes, allows you to better channel your body’s energy, makes you more relaxed and reduces anxiety, and more..
Spiritual: Increases mental focus and concentration, helps to differentiate between your spiritual and physical self, facilitates prayer and understanding of Bible study, and more…
Last week, I gave the DVD a try. It’s actually divided into 3 parts: 15 minutes of light yoga, 20 minutes of full body mental concentration one area at a time called the “Body Scan”, and finally seated meditation. The total routine is just under an hour but with my workouts and other commitments, I don’t have an hour to dedicate to this routine everyday so I decided I would do the seated meditation portion as many days a week as possible and on my fasting day, I would do the full routine.
I did the seated meditation for the first time on Thursday. First off, let me say, it’s a great program. Meditation doesn’t have to be this uber spiritual activity where you have to sit on a mountaintop (although during the DVD she is on the side of a big hill and on the beach and other serene locales). All you need is a quiet place where you won’t be interrupted, an open mind, an open heart and 20 minutes. Much of it, is a lot of breathing and stillness.
My mind was all over the place, all 3 days I did the routine. I brought it back whenever I caught it straying and she even tells you, don’t punish yourself if your mind wanders. It will get better as you do it more. We focused mainly on breathing and feeling it in your bodies and specific parts of the breath. Having her guide me made it much easier to do as opposed to doing it on my own but over time, I can see myself doing my own meditation.
I did the full routine this morning. The yoga part was more of a warmup but long enough to be a full yoga routine, a great introduction to the activity. I really liked the body scan as well. I want to continue with meditation though and not be discouraged because of the 1st week. Practice makes perfect, as they say.
Fasting and meditation don’t have to be done together but they can be effective together. They both have their own set of benefits, individually and together, but both work towards improving your overall wellbeing. They will even make your typical activities that much more beneficial. I will keep you all updated as the progress continues…
Do you fast and/or meditate? Are you interested in doing it after reading this? Let me know in the comments…
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