As soon as I say "fast" you probably think starvation and not eating anything and say: oh no, I could never do that! I gotta have my food.
Well ok, I will give you your food, but what about fasting something else? What about giving up social media for awhile? How about those TV shows? That daily trip to Starbucks? Going out to eat? Cutting out alcohol? Those weekly Saturday shopping excursions?…
Those are just a few things off the top of my head. You can fast anything. And guess what? It's good for the soul! It clears your mind, body and spirit. You don't realize how much you "rely" on something until you give it up. It really is amazing. Fasting is a cleanse. It helps us recalibrate.
Will I drink another latte at some point and enjoy it? Absolutely! Will I chew another piece of Bubblicious? Probably yes! The point is, I gave up two things I couldn't live without and I'm here to tell you, almost a year later, I'm alive and well and I realize that I can live without those "gotta haves."
Sometimes we need to fast from something to clear our minds, our bodies, our hearts and our spirits. We need to clear the air and filter out all the extraneous noise. Fasting creates space for us think more clearly.
I challenge you to take stock: ask yourself what you are relying on--is it a healthy obsession or should you consider giving it up for awhile? And friends, a fast doesn't have to be a year-long thing or a 40-day thing. It can be a day, 48 hours or 7 days. It's up to you! There isn't a right and a wrong way. The point is: give up something. Exercise the muscle of self discipline and self control. Do it and see how you feel.
On a personal note, I'm fasting from TV/movies this month. Yep, I didn't watch the Super Bowl and from what I hear, I didn't really miss anything. :) But it is challenging, nonetheless especially with the Olympics going on (I'm going to have to watch the highlight reel). Although I don't watch much TV, I enjoy having the diversion--the distraction from my reality. I like escaping into another storyline for an hour or two. But this fast is good for me. I'm having more time to think, read, have conversations with others and just BE.