SLOW FAST – BENEFITS 6 posted under HPT (Highly Precious Time)
How does the song go? “Slow down, you’re going too fast, got to make the morning last … “
As in this, my favourite season of Autumn leading into Winter when the Earth slows down and begins to allow itself to recuperate, we propose something which comes under the broad banner that we find most beneficial in managing ourselves.
As Humans we are fortunate that we have the two essential systems, one conscious and the other unconscious, that give us the opportunity to engage in life then recuperate in meditation and sleep and or dream. Our autonomic system allows us to breathe, for blood to circulate and for all of our internal systems to go on working whatever we may get up to without our conscious cooperation or direction.
We can live a life that stretches our systems to the point where they can function no longer with inevitable consequences, or we can aid our minds and bodies to function at an Ideal Standard of Health and one of those ways is to follow our daily purpose through HPT or meditation, bringing all our systems into harmony.
In addition however there is a weekly process that we find fits so well when we wind down for a day with a fast. By that we mean trying to give up all the tiresome tasks like work or strenuous play – much as you may love it, television, radio or video to make it truly a day of rest for the whole self. In essence, slowing down for a day, retreating within.
Many concentrate on just a lack of food, but a true fast should be a letting go and giving up of as much as possible. However, if like us you now need to take a medication then a very small amount of food may be desirable so as not to stress the inner self. Whatever is right for you is right for you! There are no rules only recommendations, hopefully to help, without pain or stress of any kind, there is no wrong or right – just difference!
I find an occasional fast of giving up one meal, as and when I feel like it, works for me to keep my weight and general health where I want it, giving the digestive system the chance to rest and have an inner cleanse of its own.
A day of relaxation of body, mind and spirit is the aim when all systems can come to that point of harmony within, though having said that the Spirit never rests, but in alter ego of mind enjoys a time of relaxation. No stress should be incurred here. If you find you are unable completely to rest and need to raise your blood sugar level in order to be comfortable, then do so gently and easily with just enough to keep you stable.
We manage very well with fruit and nuts to break the fast and take the pills, a light lunch with fermented foods and as much water, coffee or green/ black tea to drink during the day as is comfortable to flush the system, and a healthy small portion dinner in the evening with a similar small glass of red wine giving resveratrol for the heart. Just the one, half or none as suits the mood!
We find that the digestive system benefits from a time of reduction, the essential inception of the immune system, and because our day is one of relaxation with at most a good spiritual book, a walk in the woods or exercise when at any or all times HPT can take its rightful place, it extends throughout the day with all its other benefits coming our way. May it come your way too as other benefits unfold in other posts through your consciousness, awareness and acceptance.
Hanukah & the Angel