Tuesdays With Ryz – Fasting

Last week, many people began observing a religious time of atonement known as Lent.  While this time is meant for reflection as the Easter holiday approaches, it is also meant as a time of sacrifice.  For most, sacrifices from unhealthy foods or vices is the norm, but even if you aren’t observing this time or not of any religious sect, you can use these 40 days to still reflect and take up fasting in a different way. 

This time of year is about rebirth and renewal.  Everything from trees and plants to my golf game is looking for a new start to the year.  Sometimes, the best way to start something new is by giving up or ending something that might be preventing you from becoming the better version of yourself you are hoping to discover.  

So, I challenge you, to fast for these next 40 days.  This has nothing to do with a belief in a God or religion.  It has to do with a belief in yourself and the impact you can have on the world around you.

Fast from hurtful words and choose to speak with kindness.

Fast from sadness for what is not and be filled with gratitude for what is.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience and understanding. 

Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope of what tomorrow will bring. 

Fast from simple complaints and contemplate simplicity. 

Fast from the pressures around you and meditate to be in the moment. 

Fast from bitterness and fill your heart with joy. 

Fast from your own selfishness and be compassionate towards others. 

Fast from grudges you hold and embrace forgiveness. 

Fast from words and try to be silent so you can listen.

For those observing this time, have an easy fast and journey to Easter.  For those of you choosing to spend this time differently, may you find a newness and beauty in yourself that this time of year brings.  But if you might not be able to find it, remember, I’m here if you need me.