My answer is always the same: I fast for holistic health.
Before I explain my answer, let me point out there’s an inherent flaw in the question itself. The question assumes that these different parts of us, our physical self and our spiritual self, are somehow separate. Perhaps on Sundays, we’re spiritual. Or when we read the bible or go to yoga class or meditate.
But when we go to work, bathe, go to school, pay bills, we somehow put aside our spiritual self and become physical human beings.
Viewing ourselves in this way has caused us to become very fragmented beings. This is one of the main reasons our health care system seems powerless against many of the deadly diseases we face. If someone has stomach pain, there physical beingness is tested over and over again until there’s a diagnosis. Then maybe they have irregular bowel syndrome or diverticulitis. They get medication to take. Sometimes it works. Most times it doesn’t.
No one asks them about the stress in their life. Are they feeling any excessive worry lately? Do they take a probiotic or eat foods with good bacteria in it, like kimchi. Do they meditate to reverse the effects of stress? Perhaps even prescribe them a positive affirmation to focus on daily.
We pretend as if the spiritual part of us has no effect on our real lives. If we get sick or need to pay our bills, we need to get serious. We need to buckle down and do what needs to be done. We need to use our own energy to “fix” these problems with quantitative solutions. I mean, get serious, you can’t be spiritual ALL of the time.
Or can you?
This type of thinking assumes that spirituality is just one of many parts of who we are. When, in fact, it’s not just a part of us, it is all of who we are.
We are spiritual beings having a physical experience.
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
Our spirituality is an inseparable part of us. It’s always there. Always underneath the surface of every experience. Every feeling. Every thought.
We can’t separate it.
Therefore, I believe our spiritual self becomes strengthened every time we commit an act of self care. Every time we use our actions to support our beliefs. Every time we commit to nurturing ourselves, our spirit gets a little stronger and a little louder in our lives.
This is a good thing. This makes it harder to ignore it, which is what many of us often do. We act like we can’t see the path or hear the messages our higher self, the holy spirit, God, or the Universe is trying to deliver to us. Because we want to be in control, we pretend not to hear so that we don’t have to surrender our will and our ego.
But we always know even when we pretend like we don’t.
So when I do a juice fast, sure I lose weight, my skin looks juicy, and my health improves. But my spirit shines a little brighter too. I tune in to my spirit more and I listen.
Nothing has illuminated my path more than committing to improving my health. I only wanted improved physical health. But my spirit got healthy too. This is all a part of real, holistic health, which is not only about mind and body, but it includes spirit as well. It’s not just about taking herbs instead of
So fast for whatever reasons get you motivated. Even if they’re superficial. Just fast. The best of who you are is waiting for you to take the first step.