Monday, May 1, 2017

7 Day Water Fast: 24 Hours In (Day 1)

I've begun my 7 day water fast and have currently reached 24 hours.

In this fast I'll be consuming nothing but water, green and black tea, and perhaps coffee.

My reasons for undergoing on this fast are both twofold spiritual and physical. I'm doing my best to not let my physical goals outweigh the spiritual goals, but I'd be lying if I said I had no physical goals, thus so it is.

Prior to this fast, I'd been experimenting with intermittent fasting and had previously reached up to 22 hours. This marks the first time I've begun a longer fast.

Earlier in the morning I had a dream where I broke my fast. It's funny, because when I woke up it took me a while to realize that I didn't actually eat, haha. If anyone is curious, I ate Armenian Dolma, which are grape-leaves wrapped with rice and meat.

Other than that, I've had a slight dip in my energy levels, but my hunger pangs haven't been too bad. There
were also minor headaches at times, but again, nothing too major.

Jesus fasted for 40 days in the wilderness, overcoming Mara (temptation.)
What has helped me prior during smaller intermittent fasting sessions is remembering the Buddha's teachings of impermanence as well as remembering figures such as Jesus Christ, and Mahatma Gandhi, who had both been through experiences the likes of which few if any of us will ever experience.

I am utilizing this technique again during this particular fast.

Compared to what many others have went through, a 7 day fast is nothing. Generally speaking, 7 days is nothing. I work to always recite that to myself when ever I feel I am going to break my fast or when other such similar thoughts arise.

It's just 7 days. Just 7 days. One week. Realizing this, I know I will easily complete this fast.

If anyone else has trouble performing longer fasts, I urge you all to do the same.

Look at people who have walked prior to you, and always remember to recite to yourself that no matter how long you're fasting, time passes like the snap of the fingers.

Recall back to your life, during times when you struggled for hours on end, and eventually succeeded in whatever endeavors you were going through. Remind yourself how better you will feel after you're done with the fast. Envision yourself, in your mind, at the very end of your fast. Envision the joy and strength you will feel upon completing it; upon knowing that you conquered your mind and kept control of the chariot; actually be there.

And then, you will achieve whatever you set out to achieve.

What usually helps you during fasts? Let me know, everybody. I speak much of techniques and mental tricks I use myself to overcome barriers, but obviously, like many others, I still have much to learn.

Till next time.

                → Day 2

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