The Collison Newsletter April 2014



                               AFTER  THE  FAST*   


Once the period of fasting is completed, the fast is broken .... by eating. What is eaten, how much, and in what form, depends of the length of the fast, as has been set out in my March 2014 newsletter Fasting for Health.  After the recommended one-day fast each week, normal food is eaten, and there is no special requirement for a particular food, or for it to be taken in some special way. Naturally, the importance of the correct diet (dominantly plant based and alkali-forming) is fundamental in continuing the benefits derived from the fast.


The word "breakfast" means to break your fast. We do it every morning after our bodies have undergone a mini-fast during the night.


Although the first meal after a fast, especially a fast of more than 24-36 hours, may be little more than a piece of fruit, the following is recommended.


Meals, especially the first one after a fast, are an important time to realise how fortunate we are to have enough to eat, and to have the ability to choose foods that are healthful. We should give thanks. Prayers before meals are referred to as 'grace' ......"Let us say grace", meaning let us be thankful. To whom the grace is directed is individual, be it God, god, Buddha, Muhammad, the Creator, or your oneness with Consciousness, doesn't alter what you are expressing, ie your thankfulness.


The following is adapted from the book Island, by Aldous Huxley, published in 1962 (and republished by Vintage Books, London, 2005).


Sitting down to a meal on the Island Pala, the guest was informed: "In Pala, we don't say grace before meals. We say it with meals. Or rather we don't say grace; we chew it. Grace is the first mouthful of each course  ---  chewed and chewed until there's nothing left of it. And all the time you're chewing, you pay attention to the flavour of the food, to its consistency and temperature, to the pressure on your teeth and the feel of the muscles in your jaws."  Speaking while doing this chewing would distract your attention, and "attention is the whole point. Attention to the experience of something given, something you haven't invented. Not the memory of a form of words [the grace] addressed to somebody in your imagination."


After a fast, there is a heightened awareness of the taste and the texture of food. Be aware of it, enjoy it, and in the time that it takes to chew the first mouthful to nothingness, recognise that the fast is contributing to your better health, and look forward with great anticipation to the next fast.


*Copyright 2014: The Huntly Centre.

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