“Om…” As I chanted a slow, long omkara at 5:30 in the morning, I heard a somewhat loud rumble from my tummy. Not again, I groaned.
I had quite a bit of diarrhea yesterday, and I was not looking forward to another day of loose stools. Well, I had no other option. It actually felt a little worse today, than yesterday. Anyway, better out than in! Another day of complete rest, to help my body eliminate. Almost every time I drank water or juice, I’d have to run to the toilet, despite the enema therapy. I wondered where all that stuff was coming from! I have not eaten anything (except lemon juice) for five days now. It got better in the afternoon and I felt much better in the evening. I made sure to drink more than enough water, so that I don’t get dehydrated, and the tiredness made me sleep a lot.
I admit, I did think of breaking the fast, but honestly, I don’t want to. There is some natural healing process going on in the body, and it must continue until it is finished. In the meantime, apart from drinking water and taking physical and mental rest, I did everything I could to help my body heal.
I used natural products wherever I could and avoided chemicals completely – be it bath or brushing teeth. I prayed several times a day and practiced staying in silence throughout the fast. Fasting isn’t just about physical cleansing; it purifies your mind as well. One of the tenets of Naturopathy says a lot of diseases stem from the mind and manifest in the body. Fasting clears off both the problems. In fact, recent research even supports that our brain gets better while faster! (Do read up about plasticity!)
I felt better and less sleepy in the evening, so I read a book on fasting that I was halfway through, and found a peaceful place to meditate in the evening. After a lot of juice and jokes, the seventh day of fasting has come to an end.
After this experience, I can confidently tell anyone that fasting is the best healer and the best therapy – only if it practiced in the right way, under expert guidance. Breaking the fast is as important, or more, than the actual fast itself. The mind is very important, and we must have mental stability during the fast and its breaking, to ensure a smooth fast.
Fasting word is simple but a very complex therapy, and I’m enjoying experiencing it!
May all be happy, may all get good health. 🙂
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This article is written by Junu Upadhyay, now in her third year BNYS at SDM College of Naturopathy and Yogic Sciences, Ujire. Junu is keenly interested in delving into her own mind and finding answers that she believes can solve many problem we face as a world. Junu can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.