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Do you "dread" the days you know you are to "fast"?
Fasting teaches self control over the body's impulses. As one of the most basic of all human drives, its a very concrete expression of free will.
reply to post by veteranhumanbeing
Shakyamuni Buddha learned through his ascetic-austerity that it is best to seek the Middle Way,... in not being extremely depraved to the point of physical suffering, while not being luxuriously over-indulgent.
Fasting, while avoiding suffering, is very helpful in developing mindfulness and knowledge of Self.
In fasting, we do not seek to punish the body,... nor do we seek the suffering of hunger,... nor do we seek to add negative connotation with eating,... in moderate fasting, we seek mindfulness and understanding of our Self.
Mindfullness of body is knowing when it is hungry, and not killing yourself over an impossible ideal of perfection/not eventual putrifaction. I see the reason in moderation not starvation for the salvation of your soul to an indistinct/recalcitrant creator.
We are mindful that it is a choice to be enslaved to those sensory perceptions of hunger and thirst.
We are enslaved to hunger when,... the moment we feel hunger, we act as if we MUST eat now! We are enslaved to hunger when we are moody, grouchy, and irritable because we are late with a meal.