Usually this time of the year I like to offer some feelgood-insights on having a successful fast. First, why we fast on Yom Kippur; it is to cleanse the body, but for the most part, we refrain from eating so we can go deeper into our meditation for 24 hours. This allows us to not think about when or where the next meal is coming from, rather to stay connected with the task at hand. Reflecting back on the year past and become present with gratitude for our lives and what surrounds us.The success in fasting is not how long you fast, is that you fast, attempting to not think about food and take time to be present in the day. This is a challenging task, considering is not something we do organically nor do we do it often.
Here is what I offer you in the way of feelgood-insights that may help you prepare for Yom Kippur 5774.
feelgood-insight #1: Start now and for the next few days, prepare your body with breath! Breathe in simple ‘now’ breaths several times a day, prepare yourself for meditation and spiritual awakening.
feelgood-insight #2: Over the next few days eat very clean and simple. Lots of veggies, drink between 6-8 glasses of water, starting out the day with a glass of water to hydrate. Eat mindful, until you feel fulfilled. Your body will start to gently detox and allow your body and mind to grow into the process of the fast. This can help the moments during the fast when you hear the voice in your head say. “OMG I’m hungry.”
Why do we fast from sundown on the start of Yom Kippur Eve until sundown the next day? This holy day is the day we take time to work through our atonement from the past year and become open to the new year, with gratitude for our lives. Not dissimilar to a full day of meditation, the only difference is we don’t go away to some retreat and leave our cell phones and distractions at home. For me, on this day I commit to minimal cell phone peeking and my only big distraction will be finishing touches on a wonderful break fast meal at my home where I have the blessing of feeding 23 hungry Jews and Gentiles for one of the greatest gatherings of my year.
feelgood-insight #3: Drink water during your fast. Keep your mind and body hydrated. Water is a gift, embrace it and it will embrace you.
How do we break the fast. Alongside being with family and friends either in someones home or at the synagogue, we break fast with a prayer of thanks for the food, the wine, and an abundance of special herbs that we sniff to awaken the soul. Then we break bread together with peace, love and gratitude. This ritual is has similarities as universal practice with in all major religions and disciplines practiced throughout the world. Yom Kippur is the day when the Jewish people practice this discipline.
feelgood-insight #4: Embracing the day of meditation and prayer to reflect and then expand, be grateful for your body in which you walk this earth, and call upon peacefulness for self and others in reflection to bring Tikkun olam which is a Hebrew phrase that means “
Preparing for your fast, whatever that means to you, by keeping hydrated with water, pre-eat lots of greens and breathe out the past and breathe in the present. We have no idea what the future holds, but if we feelgood spiritually and physically then we are living the feelgood life!
Shana Tova 5774
From my heart to yours, wishing you all an easy fast, Rose & my family-peeps
And remember my favourite feelgood-insight #11 from my new book – ‘the feelgood life!’
“Life is to short to worry about spelling mistakes!”