Meditation Known as Mental Fasting

According to the Taoist sage Chuang-tzu meditation is a form of ‘mental fasting’. The Chinese simply call this technique of mental fasting as ‘sitting still, doing nothing’,

Just as physical fasting purifies the body by withdrawing all external input of food and toxins, similarly ‘mental fasting’ of meditation purifies the mind and restores the spirit’s primal powers. Mental fasting brings about this effect by withdrawing all distracting thoughts and disturbing emotions from the mind.

In both physical and mental fasting, the cleansing and purifying processes are natural and automatic.However,the condition necessary for triggering this process of self-rejuvenation is -emptying body and mind of all input for a fixed number of minutes or days.

Taoists believe that only by ‘sitting still, doing nothing’ can we muster sufficient mental clarity to focus. This technique of mental fasting enables us to tame and train two aspects of temporal mind that govern our lives – the mind of emotion and the mind of intent.

More and more doctors are prescribing this technique of mental fasting as a way to lower blood pressure, improve exercise performance in people with angina, help people with asthma breathe easier, relieve insomnia and generally relax the everyday stresses of life.

This technique is a safe and simple way to balance a person’s physical, emotional, and mental state. It is simple; but can benefit everybody.

Meditation with practice will become an easy task. There are various benefits associated with this practice.
So, make sure you try it out and enjoy its various benefits.

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