VICTORY–FAST SUNDAY

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THE HISTORY 

So, for those who don’t know, I’m a Mormon, and as a Mormon, I fast (go without food or drink) for two meals on the first Sunday of each month.  For short, we call it Fast Sunday (real original, huh?).  We do this for several reasons, but the most important being the idea that our spirit is stronger than our body.  Showing that we can halt the physical body’s demand for food, even for a little while, allows us to more fully focus on spiritual things.  We can develop a closer and deeper relationship with God by fasting.  Well, Fast Sundays have always been hard for me because of all the feelings of deprivation, scarcity, and restricting habits that I used to use.  I always found it so hard to ignore any pangs of hunger that came and when the time would come to finally eat, I would think of myself as starving, and I would inevitably overeat.

THIS TIME

Well, this last Fast Sunday, I was cautiously optimistic that this time would be different.  And my optimism paid off—for the first time in years, I was able to have a genuinely tender and special Fast Sunday.  When hunger pangs came (as they always do), I was able to acknowledge them for what they were—hunger, rather than thinking of them as somehow connected to my past restricting habits.  I was able to feel the hunger, label it on the Hunger Scale, and then continue on with my Sunday.  When the time came to eat, I labeled my hunger and it wasn’t nearly as “starving” as I had previously labeled it in my thoughts.  In fact, I felt perfectly content to simply eat a normal amount of food and feel satisfied with it.  And, because I did not have to focus on the gnawing sensation in my belly, I was able to comfortably focus on my Savior, and on His words, and on growing my belief and love for Him.  It was so special, and I think (again cautiously optimistic), that all future Fast Sundays will continue to be just as special.

4 thoughts on “VICTORY–FAST SUNDAY

  1. This is so awesome! I am so, so happy that you had this wonderful experience this past Sunday. Being able to just feel and understand the physical nature of your hunger apart from the emotional baggage it can take on is so huge and like you said, it allowed you to simply nourish your body when you ate, rather than overeat to fill the emotional void. Your journey is so inspiring!

  2. I am so enjoying your blogging. Yay for you having that victory!! I’m still working on figuring out how hungry I am and also on not eating as a response to shameful feelings—which I just had this past weekend and then binged to numb those uncomfortable feelings–have you had any experience with dealing with uncomfortable feelings?
    Thanks!!

    • Thanks Linda for stopping by! I am so glad you are enjoying my blog. I am putting together an entire post to respond to your question, so hang in there a tiny but longer and I will have it out for you! Blessings!

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