But more than that, I came to see my place in the world in a whole new way. I came to understand that we all have a spiritual purpose to fulfill in this lifetime and I could see mine clearly. From that experience I was able to glimpse the path I was to follow and step onto it with confidence and trust. Today I am a master yoga instructor with 30 years’ experience, a holistic health practitioner, a whole-foods chef, and a cooking teacher with a commitment to share my knowledge with those willing to transform their lives for the better.
Mind you, a 40-day fast should not be undertaken without the supervision of a health practitioner and a clear intention as to the purpose of such a fast. I was looking to understand the spiritual significance of Jesus’ denial of food and water. Although I did not place myself under the same conditions as Jesus, nor do I equate myself with this divine teacher, by fasting for 44 days I was able to shift my paradigm away from the craving for food to one of connection to the divine current that feeds us all.
Some religious sects abstain, or are forbidden, from consuming certain foods and drinks; others restrict foods and drinks during their holy days; while still others associate dietary and food preparation practices with rituals of the faith.
The role of fasting in religious practice was seen as a sacrifice from the pleasures of food. It gave the practitioner an understanding of the suffering the poor endure and an appreciation for what one had in one’s life. The body was seen as God’s “temple” and fasting cleared the blood of debris, which helped the mind focus on God. The discipline required for fasting was also a lesson in how to resist temptation.