As a Reiki Master, I'm always looking for ways to deepen my spiritual practice and take care of my body and mind. In March, I was unexpectedly drained from negative energy and felt I had to connect with myself again and have a good cleanse.
I have really good Muslim friends and have always been curious about their experience with Ramadan, as to me, on the surface, it sounds so difficult to do - fasting for one month. However, every friend I did ask told me how great they feel and how Ramadan is an amazing experience for them. So, I started reading about it and finding out what Muslims do for Ramadan. Then, I decided to try fasting and follow the rules of Ramadan for just one day, at least to start, and I was amazed at how cleansing and nourishing the experience was.
For those who may not be familiar, Ramadan is a month-long period of fasting and spiritual reflection observed by Muslims around the world. During this time, Muslims abstain from food and drink from sunrise to sunset, and focus on prayer, charity, and other spiritual practices.
As a non-Muslim, I wasn't sure what to expect when I decided to try fasting and follow the rules of Ramadan for a day. But, I was excited to explore this aspect of spirituality and see how it would affect my body and mind.
I had a big meal the night before and decided to sleep through sunrise, as I do need my sleep (more than food!). I then went about my day as usual, but without any food or drink until sunset. At first, it was more challenging to resist the urge to drink water, but I was mindful during this time because Muslims practice this to be reminded that the poor do not know when their next drink of water is. This was a really humbling practice for me to do.
At lunchtime, where I would usually cook, eat and watch TV, I used my lunch break to reflect and just sit with my thoughts in a meditative mode. It was a lovely space to be in and it felt like exactly what my body and mind needed. I also took some time to self-heal with Reiki and keep my mind clear. Where my mind would be pre-occupied with what to eat, when to cook, it was pleasurable to have space to be mindful. I felt really present the whole day, and it was probably the longest time I have been so mindful. Even the space around me seemed clearer.
As the day drew to a close and it was time to break my fast, I felt a real appreciation to cook for myself and enjoy the food I was cooking. I really enjoyed the day and actually fasted on a few more days during the month of Ramadan. I became really mindful for the rest of Ramadan, which gave me a sense of peace and I did feel cleansed. I donated to charity and gave myself time to think about what I was giving my money to, and it was worth having the time to reflect on it.
Looking back on my experience, I reflected that fasting and following the rules of Ramadan for a day was a powerful way to cleanse my body and mind. By abstaining from food and drink, I was able to focus on my spiritual practice and connect with my inner self in a deeper way and cleanse my soul.
Fasting is actually a part of most religions, like Catholicism, Bhuddist and Christianity. As a Reiki Master, I believe that fasting and spiritual practices like Ramadan can be powerful tools for self-healing and growth. Any spiritual practice can be powerful, so perhaps you may want to give fasting a go. Whether you choose to fast for a day or longer, I encourage you to approach the experience with an open mind and heart, and trust your intuition, which will guide you through.
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My name is Chia, and I have been a Reiki Master Teacher since 2010. I help people and companies to positively transform their energies. I work with people who feel energetically and emotionally drained to get them feeling more energetic and connect to themselves again through the power of Reiki. If you need help in feeling yourself again, book a free, friendly chat with Chia.