I woke up at 5 am on Day 6 of our fast, after 7 hours of sound sleep. (Hehe, check out the numbers there!)
My mother has often warned me to eat well. “Oru vaati saapdaata thalai suttham unakku” (If you skip a meal, you will become giddy), she would say, remembering the times that this has happened in my childhood. But today, even after eating nothing for days on end, I haven’t felt giddy even once.
On the contrary, I feel there is an ocean of energy ready to burst inside me. We were asked to rest and relax as much as possible during the fast – but this has been very difficult for me. I realised that my body and mind were used to constantly doing something, in sync with the daily schedule at college. It took me some time to get used to the fact that we need not do anything now!
Initially, I tried planning and organising my day to make is useful and productive, but later gave that up and just went with the flow, listening to my instincts, doing what I felt like doing, when I felt like doing it. I began listening to my inner voice .
I even stayed in Mouna Vratha for two days. Those two days were amazing. There was no tension , no thoughts of external world. The mind was calm and peaceful. I have no cravings for food – which is surprising, because I’m such a foodie! I feel energetic and active throughout the day, but without a tension in my mind about what to do next. This is the first time I feel this way, and it’s amazing. It’s so interesting how important the mind is, in how your body feels.
I’m part of a research study where I’m required to undergo a therapy called Spinal Spray, where you lie down on a machine that sprays clod water along the length of your spine, for about 20 minutes. This is apart from the oil pulling, enema, cold water bath, breath awareness, pranayama, relaxation, evening play session, laughter therapy and the long hours of soothing music.
The most important lesson I’ve learnt during this fast is how to listen to my body. There are so many things we just don’t notice while living our day-to-day life. For example, my abdomen remained cool after the first couple of days. Have you ever noticed how your abdomen gets heated up after you eat food? Or how it remains warm when you’ve overeaten or have a stomach upset?
My skin reacts instantly to the amount of water I drink. When I drink less water, it becomes dry and hard. When I drink enough water, it becomes clear and supple. Small marks have started disappearing. The coating patterns on my tongue have started changing. My usually blocked nose is surprisingly clear, and I can breathe very easily. I wish I can continue feeling like this forever. This is health. Once you experience health, I’m sure there’s no turning back. No other feeling can replace the feeling of being in perfect health.
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This article is written by Archana H, now in her third year BNYS at SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire. Archana is a self-proclaimed bookworm and has to understand the reason behind everything that happens. Archana can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.