“We’re all just walking each other home.”
― Ram Dass
Historical records tell us that fasting has been used for health recovery for thousands of years. Hippocrates, Socrates, and Plato all recommended fasting for health recovery. The Bible tells us that Moses and Jesus fasted for 40 days for spiritual renewal. Mahatma Gandhi fasted for 21 days to promote respect and compassion between people with different religions.
For much of human history, fasting has been guided by intuition and spiritual purpose. Today, our understanding of human physiology confirms the powerful healing effects of fasting.
It is good to have prior experience with the shorter one-day water fasts. This experience will give one the confidence to take up the longer three-day water fast, which gives much more physical, mental and spiritual benefits.
The first and foremost is preparing your mind for the practice. Most people will have many fears about attempting a three-day long fast. It is good to understand the basic principles of fasting, the various bodily reactions and its benefits. Also, read up on the testimonials of those who have attempted long fasts and learn about their experiences. That will give one confidence, to take up this practice.
The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 2016
This year’s Nobel Laureate discovered and elucidated mechanisms underlying autophagy, a fundamental process for degrading and recycling cellular components.
The word autophagy originates from the Greek words auto-, meaning “self”, and phagein, meaning “to eat”. Thus,autophagy denotes “self eating”.