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Nineteen Reasons for Fasting (Part 4 of 7)

Fasting for Discipline, for Protection against Lust and for Humility Fasting cleanses the soul, raises the mind, subjects one’s flesh to the spirit, renders the heart contrite and humble, scatters the clouds of concupiscence, quenches the fire of lust, and … Continue reading

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Religion & Spirituality: Institutional Worship vs. Divine Intimacy (2/2)

Religion vs. Spirituality Why do you call me, “Lord, Lord,” and do not do what I say? [Luke 6:46]. Imbued with sacred symbols and solemnity, providing sacraments and liturgy, our religion establishes guard rails as we travel toward the spiritual understanding. Our … Continue reading

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Fasting As an Attitude: Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting (1/2)

 Ten (10) Psychological Qualities of Fasting And whoever does more good than he is bound to do does good unto himself thereby; for to fast is to do good unto yourselves — if you but knew it.  [Quran 2:184]. Our … Continue reading

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Spiritual Homeostasis — Faith Runs in Your Blood

Faith Runs in Your Blood The brain’s stress response system is activated in threatening situations. The immune system responds automatically to pathogens and foreign molecules. These two response systems are the body’s principal means for maintaining an internal steady state called … Continue reading

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A Nice Place to Vomit: Notes for Mardi Gras 2015

Room to Vomit Eat and drink, saith he to thee; But his heart is not with thee. The morsel which thou hast eaten shalt thou vomit up, And lose thy sweet words. [Proverbs 23:7-8]. Ancient Romans loved to eat and … Continue reading

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Lust, Fasting & Self-Control: Weaning the Soul from Desires

Lusts: Insatiable, Fleeting, Unsatisfying There is no satisfying lusts, even by a shower of gold pieces; he who knows that lusts have a short taste and cause pain, he is wise; even in the [supernal] pleasures [of the devas], he … Continue reading

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Media Fasting: Keeping Waves from Flooding Our Mind

Media Fasting For the mind that is set on the flesh is hostile to God, for it does not submit to God’s law; indeed, it cannot. Those who are in the flesh cannot please God. [Romans 8:7-8 (ESV)]. The primary … Continue reading

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The Fasting Mind: Treating Addiction to Technology & Media

Fasting and the Mind In order to preserve the mind and body in a perfect condition, abstinence from food is not alone sufficient: unless the other virtues of the mind as well are joined to it … And so humility must … Continue reading

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Fasting Essentials: Purity of Mind and Heart

  Fasting Essentials  “Even now,” declares the Lord, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.” Rend your heart and not your garments. [Joel 2:12-13 (NIV)]. We often strive to attain lofty spiritual states by … Continue reading

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Scriptural Foundations of Fasting

Fasting: Scriptural Foundations Every major religion encourages fasting. The Torah, Gospels and Qur’an, directly or indirectly, prescribe fasting as a required religious practice. Hindu scriptures exhort adherents to ascetic exercises that include extreme fasting. Buddhism recommends fasting as a spiritual exercise to develop discipline, restraint and self-control. … Continue reading

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