Most world religions advocate fasting as a means to recharge, restore, and refresh the spirit. Give it a try and you may discover a new energy to fuel your life.
: Consult your physician before fasting.
Step 1: Prepare mentally Prepare mentally for a fast by spending time contemplating your motives and goals. Focus on how the fast will refresh your body, restore your soul, and help you realize emotional or situational breakthroughs.
TIP: Don't fast if you are ill, pregnant, or nursing.
Step 2: Prepare the body Prepare your body in the weeks before your fast by reducing or eliminating your intake of on coffee, sweets, and alcohol.
Step 3: Drink fluids Drink fluids before and after fasting to ensure the body is adequately hydrated, especially if the fast includes eliminating drinks. Many fasts allow water and non-acidic juices.
Step 4: Plan light meals Plan light pre- and post-fast meals and adhere to the plan.
TIP: Incorporate prayer or introspection into the fast period to achieve spiritual benefits. Otherwise, your fast will feel like nothing more than a crash diet.
Step 5: Reduce activity Plan to reduce strenuous activity during the fast and instead focus energies on how spiritual connections and self-knowledge can help restore your balance.
Step 6: Follow with evaluation After your fast, evaluate any insights gained regarding the routines and dependencies inhibiting your well-being. Now, take your life to the next level, incorporating regular fasts as life tune-ups.
FACT: In September of 1932, Gandhi fasted for 6 days in protest of the British government's decision to separate India's electoral system by caste. After the 6th day, the British reversed the decision.