On the last Twin Flame Chapter, I mentioned the idea of emotional fasting that came out spontaneously based on previous fasting experiences since the 1980’s with the Buchinger Method. I have never consider it before but, for some reason, it was a good idea to focus on now. Since that day I have held in my thoughts possible ways to practice it and what benefits it could bring. It seems to be a higher challenge than the physical fasting because it deals with the subtle emotional body that can easily trick us. There are different ways to practice the known food fasting yet all involve not eating anything. In some cases it involves not even having anything to drink. The benefits of food fasting depends on the way it is practiced. The main purpose behind this is purification of the body for health and spiritual practice. If fasting is deprivation of food, emotional fasting would be deprivation of emotions. No, that can’t be! So, it was necessary to go deeper into it to see the best way to apply the concept. The first thing that came in meditation was that an emotional fasting was best related to detachment instead of deprivation of emotions. The next piece that was important to consider was living in the present moment. Now, one thing is the theoretical ideal and another is the practice of this ideal. Both concepts: detachment and living in the present, are quite difficult to practice regularly for most people. Our conditioning has taught us to be with our mind in many places at the same time or in the past or the future. Truly being in the present involves, interestingly enough, detachment and connection with the inner self, being quite alert and “understanding presence is being present” as Tolle has said. Zen practice is quite clear about being in the present because it “is the practice of awakening out of the dream of form and living in the present moment fully”. Eckhart Tolle has a whole book The Power of the Now that focuses on the new consciousness we need to evolve into. Most of us know that learning to detach is very important in the spiritual path yet we are quite attached to important relations in our life, we are attached to food, our Mother Earth, a Divine something, animals and anything we like or that is important to us. In a certain light, attachment is natural to our human condition, it comes with the ego and the flesh and bones of our physicality. It is quite tenacious to work with detachment because we rejoice on our feelings and it’s probably what makes humans so “human”. We have such vast array of emotions to experience that go from the darkest dark side to the brightest light side. For most people it is easier to get caught up on the bad feelings. They are so recurrent and like to come back. We allow them as if we felt more alive in our suffering. Happiness is so ephemeral, so quick and light that it passes by, warming our hearts and leaving with almost no trace. That is because happiness doesn’t create wounds, but suffering does and that is why it has a heavier quality to it. Suffering is dense and it resonates with the density of our matter. Maybe suffering is what keeps us too attached to life and from this stems the fact that most people, not all, feel more pain than joy as they go inside. I observe this every time I offer a guided meditation to get in contact with our feelings. In some exercises I have asked the students to remember a sad moment and then the happiest moment of their lives. Well, everyone remembers easily the sad moment and a lot of people cannot even recall a happy moment, seriously! That is just a reflection of the sick and unhappy societies we live in. Jiddu Krishnamurti said “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”. This is such a clear statement! It is showing us that we need to change, globally. Our collective unconscious needs to be fed another kind of energy through our thoughts and feelings in order to reflect back a happier way of living life. All that we see in this world that is getting so close to a third world war is just insane, yet it is only a reflection of the collective thought. I could say that it has nothing to do with me, but every time I give into bad feelings I nurture that collective mantle that mirrors back and creates all the awful things we see and experience. So I can say that I am not responsible, directly, for all the madness, wars and terrorism but, indirectly, I am. That is why we have a major responsibility in transforming our own consciousness. Here is where this idea of emotional fasting comes into play. This is just another focus on how we can achieve inner transformation. There are many ways to reach to the same point, we just need to see which way resonates with us each moment.
HOW TO DO AN EMOTIONAL FASTING
This is a new concept therefore we can find, on the way, different options on how to do it. What I can suggest based on the time I have put into this is the following:
- Prepare yourself mentally to set the intention on doing the emotional fasting.
- Eat lightly, vegetarian, organic because food can support of block the connection to other dimensions of our being, truly!
- If possible, go away alone for a couple of days so you can keep your attention on your process and because time alone is simply necessary.
- Meditate as long as you can at least 3 times a day. The first meditation you could focus on being present and practice detachment of the emotions and thoughts that want to take over your attention. The second meditation you can do a recapitulation of your behavior in important situations in your life and the third meditation you can recapitulate your day and how you managed your mental and emotional activity. This is not a strict order, it can vary according to your needs.
- Walk in nature, breath clean, pure air and be mindful of the way you see things. Ask yourself: where is this outlook coming from? Then try to practice a direct experience without thoughts, just being present in the experience.
- Notice how long it takes you to let go of thoughts and feelings and try to find the origin of your conditioning.
- Nurture yourself with love, gentleness, patience, self-understanding. Write, draw, or do any creative activity that helps you be aware of your inner self.
- Forgive yourself and others and let go.
You can practice it for a day, a weekend or more until it becomes a way of living life. We need to be self trained. Our mind is like an untamed crazy and wild animal. If we allow it to control our lives we won’t find our true center. The taming process is what empowers us.
Hope this has been helpful and, at least, it brings new possibilities to deal with the mind and emotions. Please, share your thoughts, your experiences and remember to share this post with others. Subscribe to the blog and our Youtube Channel. As well follow us in Facebook and Twitter.
For those who have followed the Twin Flame Story, I can say that I miss him a lot, yet I prefer to miss him than to go back to the personal exchange. I know we will meet again (future lifetimes) and will have a chance to anchor the vibration of unconditional love. First, we need to do whatever is needed to find that kind of love inside us. That in itself is a whole transformational journey.
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