24 May Fasting Wisdom
For my friends who are fasting during this Holy month…
I’ve intentionally not shared this until you’ve settled into your new routine of eating and sleeping, and all the usual do’s and don’ts of quick-fire sound-bite advice about how to fast in healthy ways have come and gone.
I was reading a quote a few days ago that really struck me:
“Wisdom has been replaced by knowledge; and knowledge has been replaced by information.”
– Iain McGilchrist.
I see no plainer example of this than within the field of nutrition and health. I feel we are experiencing a time when we are saturated with information and completely starved of wisdom. The ever increasing epidemic of poor diet and lifestyle induced dis-eases like diabetes, obesity and heart disease, despite a tsunami of diet related information, is testament to such a statement.
The usual tips for fasting have a tendency to follow this same pattern despite Ramadan fasting being whole-heartedly rooted in wisdom, not just of the physical, but of the emotional, mental and spiritual kind. Literally making ‘space’ for the ‘Light’ to infuse your daily thoughts, words and deeds.
Disregarding this wisdom takes the spirit out of fasting and the magick becomes lost. It is not just during Ramadan when this happens. Fasting of any kind, including the intermittent fasting models, are usually lacking guidance of how to fast in a way that is inspired by the ‘holistic’ nature of such a practice.
It also encourages extremes from starving, starving, starving to beyond full and fit to burst when we’re ‘allowed’ to eat, which comes from a need to just ‘get through it’ armed with the informative do’s and don’ts, but no meaningful understanding. Not that there isn’t a place for straight forward, practical steps, but if this is ALL you’re taking in then you’re missing out.
In the Quran it is described how important it is for wellbeing that within your stomach are three elements, the first is space, the second is water, the third is food. This wisdom is pertaining to the balance of elements within your body and the power of the divine ratio of 3, allowing your body to remain in a balanced state, physically and emotionally, to digest with ease without creating toxicity and unnecessary stress on your system.
Space is the most important element, and is essential for the transformation of two other elements, water and food, into hydration and nourishment.
Without ‘space’ there is no room for the Light to allow the transformation into goodness, and instead, digestive toxicity is created as your body simply can’t break down and utilize the water and food for good. Re-membering this wisdom during Iftar and Suhoor would inspire a much more comfortable fast whilst allowing the true spirit of the month to shine through.
Whether you’re fasting for Ramadan or on an intermittent fasting program, there is the urge to eat until you’re completely full at the end of the fasting period. This not only puts tremendous stress on your system, it also lacks this wisdom described above.
Next time you break your fast take a moment to re-member this wisdom, what does this mean for U, how can you inspire your practice? Be conscious of the process and the impact this has on how you feel, physically and emotionally.
Ramadan blessings to you All and I hope this sharing helps you to shine a little more love and light this month.
Love Laura xo