Fasting the Mind
Spiritual Exercises for Psychic Detox
by Jason Gregory
The term “mind fasting” might seem new to us, but it goes back to ancient Asia, especially China and the Indian subcontinent. Both cultures knew how important it is to rest the mind. In today’s world, mind fasting can again take center stage as one way to cope with the busyness and overwhelm many of us face.
Fasting the Mind gives the history of this practice and specific instructions for ways to fast the mind. It isn’t what you might think, either. Fasting the mind is “…about stripping away the distractions and stresses of modern life and returning to our original nature as it exists deep within ourselves.” Drawing on the spiritual philosophies and meditative practices of classical yoga, Hinduism, Buddhism, and Taoism, the author shows how to impact our habits and ways of being in the world to create peace and calm in our lives. He brings in applied psychology and cognitive science and grounds the teachings into the world of the everyday.
An interesting book, the practice sounds like something that could benefit just about everyone these days.