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Dear Diary: Fasting

Dear Diary,

Last Sunday was Ekadasi, a spiritually auspicious day which occurs twice in a Hindu calendar month. It is the eleventh lunar day of each of the two lunar phases – the Shukla Paksha (period of the brightening moon) and the Krishna Paksha (period of the fading moon). It is considered a spiritually beneficial day and is usually observed by a doing partial or full day fasting . I have seen my grand mother doing NIRJALA Ekadasi(No food and no water) . She lived for ninety seven years without any major diseases.

Has it ever happened to you? Your favourite food , pizza or grilled fish  is in front of you waiting to be grabbed, it looks so mouth-watering that you can not even take your  eyes off it . When You are just about to take a slice of pizza, you hear a voice, ”this food will not do good to me “. You may just stop a for moment in dilemma what to do. By this time, you are almost full of saliva in your mouth and your mind has already started putting its logic forward telling you” go ahead and enjoy the pizza”. But You are yet to figure out why you are still unable to eat the pizza. Even if it sounds like an intense decision-making moment, its good to wait and hear your inner voice again. You body knows very well at every moment which food is good for you. You just need to listen your body and eat accordingly. When you are eating, do not play with your cellphone or do not watch TV. Eat consciously. If you practice conscious eating, one day will come, you can just look at your food and say whether it will work for you or against you.

Watch out your hunger pangs, for they are fake sometimes. If you are little hungry, drink a glass of water, soon your may realize that your hunger is gone, and you feel full again.  Notice that this time your body really needed water, not food.

Some days you will not feel like eating anything at all.  Go hungry those days.  Fasting does some great help to your overall wellbeing.


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About the author

Monalisa Dash Dwibedy

She is the author of poetry collection "Pearls of a Strawberry Moon".She lives in Toronto , Canada with her family. Her work is published worldwide in many prestigious literary journals and magazines.She can be reached at [email protected]

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