Posted by: Michael Rickicki | 05/13/2019

Strange Fast

Today has been strange. All day I’ve felt off, as if I’ve done something wrong and I’m feeling guilty for it. Perhaps it’s a spiritual hangover from yesterday when I didn’t fast all day for the uposatha? All I do know is that fasting for Ramadhan had left my faculties weakened and confused. So why do it?

Although initially my reasons had more to do with familial piety, the fast has become largely about purposely working with hardship and practicing renunciation. Plus, all fasting sends to have a hormetic effect so it’s good for my health too.

What that means is just that I’ll need to keep watching the weirdness add it arises and passes away. May I use every experience to practice the Dhamma and cultivate the skills of release.

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