Monday, August 3, 2009

The Fifth Time's The Charm

I am a HUGE fan of fasting for health, but what about those who fast for spiritual connection? Was I always a fan of fasting? No! As a matter of fact, there was a time when I thought I would never be able to fast at all. First of all, I LOVE food and second, I usually get sick if I skip meals. So when my sister introduced me to The Master Cleanse, explaining that the lemonade that is utilized for the cleanse is consumed throughout the day providing calories and energy, I was seriously on board.

The first time that I tried The Master Cleanse, I was amazed at how easy it was... and how hard. I obsessed about food the first three days of the fast, but realized that I never felt hungry. There were days of super low energy and days that I felt like I could move a mountain. And I suppose I was moving a mountain because by day seven I was in utter shock that I had gone that many days without eating. But what was really interesting is that I discovered why people fast for spiritual connection.

By day four of the fast, I felt a very odd sense of peace... the only word I can use to describe how I felt was "Zen". I have never felt anything like it and the feeling was enough to make me want to do the cleanse again a year later. The second time I did the cleanse, I traded out my soap, shampoo and toothpaste with all natural (non toxic) products. A year after that, I did the cleanse and afterward Incorporated raw food into my diet. About a year after that, I did the cleanse again, always hitting "Zen" by day four. THIS TIME, on top of everything that I had done in previous years, I will be exercising daily and meditating daily. My meditation time will be devoted to connection with God. I will pray and work to capitalize on the Zen experience. If it has served others before me... I want to learn how. Let's see if the fifth time's the charm! Has anyone else out there done the Master Cleanse? Do you reach "Zen"? Anyone choose the Master Cleanse for spiritual fasting?

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