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Depression & Faith: How to Escape from a Prison of the Mind

Prison of the Mind A human being is part of a whole, called by us the Universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings, as something separated from the rest a kind of … 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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Fasting, Media & Mind Manipulation: Brand-name Lifestyles

Fasting, Media &  Mind Games New patterns of behaviour are emerging as a result of over-exposure to the mass media … As a result, the negative aspects of the media and entertainment industries are threatening traditional values … [Pope Francis, The Joy … Continue reading

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Spiritual Dieting: Health, Nutrition and the Mind

Nutrition and the Mind A man’s mind may be likened to a garden, which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must, and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put … Continue reading

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Reframing Reality: Putting Controls on Our Lifestyle by Fasting

Fasting & Controlling Our Life And I set my face unto the Lord God, to seek by prayer and supplications, with fasting, and sackcloth, and ashes. [Daniel 9:3] We are not left untested when we simply make an intellectual declaration … Continue reading

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Fasting: Simulated Adversity in a Spiritual Reality

 Fasting: Simulated Adversity When R. Shesheth kept a fast, on concluding his prayer he added the following: Sovereign of the Universe, Thou knowest full well that in the time when the Temple was standing, if a man sinned he used … Continue reading

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The Eternal Placebo — I Will Please the Lord (Part 1)

I Will Please the Lord (Placebo Domino-Psalm 116) 3. The sorrows of death have encompassed me: and the perils of hell have found me. I met with trouble and sorrow: 4. and I called upon the name of the Lord. … Continue reading

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Aging in a Divine Reality: Fasting, Aging and Long Life

Fasting, Aging and Long Life Is not wisdom found among the aged? Does not long life bring understanding? [Job 12:12 NIV]. Aging is a natural course that becomes more difficult when we remove our thoughts from remembrance of the Divine Reality. Without a … Continue reading

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The Fasting Worldview: Seeing Reality on an Empty Stomach

The Fasting Worldview Today, especially in affluent societies, St. Augustine’s warning is more timely than ever: ‘Enter again into yourself.’ Yes, we must enter again into ourselves, if we want to find ourselves. Not only our spiritual life is at … 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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