“I can think. I can wait. I can fast.”
-Siddhartha, by Herman Hesse
How many of us can fast? How many of us can abstain from the things that kill us quickly, as well as from that which kills us slowly, internally or insidiously?
Fasting is the deliberate act of doing without. It becomes much easier when we know that that from which we abstain is for our own edification. We can fast from relationships, people, environments and talking – not just food, drink, drugs and sex. We can fast from ideas and beliefs that do not serve us. We can fast from religion, and substitute it with spirituality instead.
Fasting imposes a cleanse on our minds and bodies. It gives us the opportunity to recover and rejuvenate. Fasting successfully does not depend on physical strength; it depends on mental strength and purpose, especially when others about us appear to be enjoying themselves with what appears to be plenty at hand.
Understand this: Fasting makes one stronger through discipline. Fasting enables us to think and to wait. This is the trinity.