How Fasting Can Increase Your Awareness
In recent years, medical experts have begun to understand the seemingly intangible relationship between physical and mental health. Good health, as we know is more than a disease-free body. Good health, is a stress-free frame of mind and vibrant energy. When one cleanses, toxic waste is removed and disease is removed. The process also causes feelings of toxicity and a range of negative emotions, as if the emotions are stored with the waste. When you cleanse, a total sense of well-bring can be created for your system.
Fasting is an ancient tradition practiced by most cultures for thousands of years, used for spiritual purposes, for physical purification before performing a ritual act or rite of passage, and self-discipline, or asceticism. Among some Native American tribes, fasting is the primary means to stimulate ecstatic experiences on a vision quest.
In today’s world, many are partaking in fasting in order to lose weight. It seems that most Westerners come about the idea to fast when they reach an awareness that it is time to clean, renew, and perhaps kick-start the body into a new state of wellness. They come into the idea from the position of wanting to look and feel better, and with time and experience, as well as the combined practices of yoga and meditation accompanying the fast, they can quickly learn about the other benefits.
Watch this episode of Healing Matrix called Fasting for Self-Healing with Dr. Edward Group
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Some of the best yoga practices in your life can happen while being completely empty. You may be able to actually feel your internal organs, twist deeper and get into the meditative quality of the practice while on a fast. You needn’t feel like you don’t have enough energy for the practice; it’s nice to do something gentle, but if the body is used to yoga, it feels good to move into spaces you don’t normally have, especially in twists.
Meditations can also go deeper while fasting. It is interesting to feel one’s mind settle more quickly when going in, like a switch turning on. It can take at least thirty minutes of an hour-long silent meditation at times to get into the flow when one is more connected to the grounding experiences when taking food. When the body is empty, experiencing the higher chakras in meditative states is easy, and bringing about the sense of “no mind” that meditators and yogis are able to achieve with as much practice and stillness is also possible.
When the body is allowed to rest internally, with no energy being spent on the digestion of food, a deeper clean can happen which allows for the regeneration of cells. It is highly recommended to use colonics when cleansing, assisting in drawing out toxins through the colon. When waste is disposed of in this way, it is like the reset button has been pressed internally. Vitamins and minerals are absorbed better through the internal organs, allowing the body space for less food to have to be taken in order to get the same health benefits and feeling of fullness. Glands and tissues also benefit from this time of rest; clearer eyes, skin and appearing younger can result.
Breaking the fast is as important as doing it, as eating things too hard on the body all at once can be damaging, causing bloating, yeast infections in women or indigestion. Those who have not been careful with sugar intake (even in fruits) or have not incorporated enough probiotic content that needs to be replaced once the body is emptied have also been known to cause the very problems they were trying to eliminate after the fast. Be sure to eat wisely upon completion. It is a nice idea to eat a bowl of cucumber to break it, or a bowl of fruit if there is no worry about candida or sugars and how they affect the body.
Health Benefits of Castor Oil Packs
Castor oil is pressed from the castor bean, which is actually a seed. Native to Africa, India, and the Mediterranean region, the Castor plant, Ricinus communis in Latin, has spread throughout the world since ancient times. The plant is one of the world’s oldest cultivated crops.
What is Castor Oil Used For?
Castor oil was first documented in an Egyptian medical papyrus in 1550 BCE, but is believed to have been used for centuries prior, specifically for constipation. But this oil has served multiple purposes, and has been used in soap manufacturing. It has also been incorporated into skin and hair products, and in modern times, is used in manufacturing polyurethane. There are also claims that the oil encourages hair growth, and has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties. Research shows that the oil speeds wound healing, and is a useful treatment for bedsores.
New York Times best-selling author of the groundbreaking 1994 “Women’s Bodies, Women’s Wisdom,” Christiane Northrup M.D. has practiced medicine, and been an advocate for women’s health, for decades.
Dr. Northrup recommends castor oil packs for a number of issues, including endometriosis (a painful condition where uterine tissue forms within the pelvis), PMS and severe monthly cramps, urinary tract infections, and ovarian cysts, and advises using castor oil packs three times a week (except during menses) for immune system health.
Another author, Carolyn DeMarco, (“Take Charge of Your Body”) recommends castor oil packs for painful varicose veins, liver, gallbladder, and kidney concerns, constipation, sciatica and arthritis. The packs are also used by cancer patients, and in detox regimens.