How to fast?
Fasting is a method of healing the mind and body. It is considered that it is limited to the exclusion of meat food from the diet, but this is fundamentally not true. The task of abstaining from the fall is to purify the mind, to allow light and goodness to enter into the heart. When our thoughts are busy preparing dinner, methods of seduction and search for comfort, the soul suffers because, by saturating the body, we forget about it. It is the post that makes it possible to concentrate not on fleeting joys, but on truly important things. In the post you can not indulge in excessive fun, angry, hurt, harbor a grievance, talk a lot, focus on things that are pleasant for the body shell.
What can not be in the post
Fasting involves exclusion from the diet:
- meat products;
- dairy products;
- confectionery products containing milk, eggs, animal fats;
- fish, caviar (except for the days allotted for this).
The monastic charter says that on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays, it is allowed to eat only raw vegetables, nuts, fruits and bread. On Tuesdays and Thursdays it is permissible to eat hot food, including the same products, prepared without adding vegetable oil.On Saturday and Sunday, you can enrich the diet with vegetable oil and grape wine, but not three times a day.
In no case do not starve, believe me, lean dishes can also saturate the body. Eat nuts, fruit, strive for a balanced diet. Fasting should not be perceived as a heavy duty, much less cause negative emotions. The external limitations of the body are only a small part of the work on oneself that a person is doing, striving for love, light and harmony. Fasting is an opportunity to look into oneself, to clear one's thoughts, body and soul from the nasty accumulated because of the desire to fulfill one’s base desires.
What can you eat in the post
First of all, it is worth noting that fasting is not a diet. Lent begins with two days of abstinence from food in order to cleanse the body. However, this postulate is observed only by ministers of the church, but people who live actively and experience everyday stresses should not completely refuse to eat. Therefore, everything that is not forbidden to eat can be eaten. Including vegetable oil.
What not to do in the post
Fasting is not only a limitation in food, but also in action.In the post can not be given entertainment, and it is not recommended even to read all kinds of literature that is not Christian. It is better to read Christian literature: Psalter, Gospel, Bible.
You should refuse to watch TV. In the post, the mind must rest from extraneous thoughts.
Fasting for children
For the child, the post is too complicated. As the chairman of the Moscow diocesan commission on youth affairs notes, children should not fast. It is very difficult for a child to restrict his diet for such a long period of time. It is better for parents to talk about what fasting is and what role it plays in the life of a believer. If you try to inculcate the desire to fast, then it is possible that the child will relate to the post negatively and in the future refuse it.
Is it harmful to fast for the body?
Even doctors say that fasting is good for humans. However, it must be remembered that the power restriction should pass gradually. For a person who wants to fast, but has health problems, it is worth contacting a doctor who will give practical advice on this matter.People who suffer from an ulcer, it is better to refuse fasting, because its meaning is to maintain health, and not vice versa.
Is it worth doing something in the post
When the body is forced to face a restriction in food, it certainly becomes more difficult to be active. However, this does not mean that it is necessary to sit back. Fasting should not be in vain, it is worth doing something useful for yourself and others.
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