For a number of people the early Spring brings with a time of “fasting” for religious reasons. For others the “fast” is more for physical reasons, warmer weather is coming and those short sleeves and pants are making cranky noises from within your closet, aren’t they?
Personally, I follow a religious tradition which offers up a time of fasting, 40 days give or take, during which I will basically eat like a vegan. It’s a sacrifice because although I can live for months without meat products for the most part I love cheese and eggs. A lot. A whole lot. Add to that the fact that my cooking repertoire is already limited, this season can add a layer of cranky to my otherwise sunny disposition.
Whether you are fasting this spring for faith reasons or to clean out the winter body blues you are going to run up against some sacrifice.
The word, ‘sacrifice’ shows up with this definition first:
The act of offering something to a deity in propitiation or homage, especially the ritual slaughter of an animal or a person.
Lucky for you, we’re not talking about that kind of sacrifice today. The next definition is more fitting I’d say:
Forfeiture of something highly valued for the sake of one considered to have a greater value or claim.
As you start down the path to a detox or a prayerful fast I want you to take notice of some things to start connecting the dots between what you eat (or don’t eat) and how you feel, what you think, what you crave, how it affects the whole of you!
1)At the start of your fast, what do you imagine your sacrifice to be? Physically? Emotionally? Spiritually?
2)When you think about that “sacrifice” can you put a picture in your head of what it looks like? Give it shape and form. Does it look like a Twinkie (I like Twinkies, obviously) or an anvil in your gut? Does it look threatening or comforting, the thing you are sacrificing?
3)If you could name in JUST ONE WORD the goal of your fast, what would it be?
4)Going through your fast, keep a journal. Write down how your answers to the above questions change as you progress. No one needs to see this but you so be honest with yourself. If you want to quit then write about that. If you want to cheat then write about that. If you feel great then write about that! It doesnt’ have to be long, just a sentence or two.
Are you embarking on a fast this month?? Speak out! Would love to walk alongside…