The Use of Meditative Trance in Fasting Discipline

Some folks wonder what’s the point of recommending meditation in the context of intermittent fasting. The connection to my mind, is simple, given the base assumption that the entry point to meditation is a state of trance, and trance is the engagement of the conscious mind.

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In my experience, our conscious minds are where most of our emotions, desires, conditioning and instincts reside. While there is a definite role of the subconscious mind too in this context, that’s a discussion for another day.

The most common causes I’ve seen of people breaking their fasts, are:

  • Feeling unbearable hunger at their usual meal times
  • Eating comfort foods when they feel stressed, angry, sad or anxious
  • Seeing others eat and wanting to eat what they’re eating

The root cause of these, to my mind, are emotions and conditioning among other factors, that are largely present in the conscious mind. If they are indeed there, then learning how to induce trance, i.e. the engagement of the conscious mind, can help keep us away from their effects on our dietary discipline.

Let’s say for a moment you don’t subscribe to this line of thought and only believe that the meditative process is a source of peace. That’s fine too. If peace can be defined as the absence of stress, anger, sadness, anxiety and unfulfilled desires, then that approach works just as well.

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