A word fast is a period of time (day, week, etc) where you commit to "No TV, no Internet, no talking or singing, no books or writing unless on sacred or spiritual topics. "Answer Question
Answer by Mrs_Prissy at 10:10 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by PMSMom10 at 9:44 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
I could see doing without most of the electronic distractions for the sake of "clearing the air". For spiritual reasons, or as a ritual, I wouldn't, simply because I balk at the idea of doing something for supernatural purposes. That seems as distracting as the media itself. In other words, I can imagine turning off the TV, the radio, staying off the computer for a period of time, just to be able to listen to the real world around me, and to feel a connection with it that is sometimes lost with the distractions of media noise. But to do it hoping for some literally magical transformation, or hoping that some deity would use that silence to connect with me . . . seems silly, considering my world view. Of course, like others here, I couldn't not speak. My older daughter might understand, but my younger one with autism would not be able to deal with it.
Answer by jsbenkert at 10:03 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by luvmygrandbaby at 8:35 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by AllAboutKeeley at 8:41 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by butterflyblue19 at 8:42 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by skinnyslokita at 10:33 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
I hadno idea it was a pagan thing, though.
I can see how that would come as a surprise, but if you think about it, it probably shouldn't. Easter, after all, is based on Pagan celebrations of birth and spring, and the idea of sacrifice isn't trade-marked by Christians, either - many religions of many cultures have felt the need to appease the gods or curry favor by offering sacrifices, whether bloody or otherwise.
Answer by jsbenkert at 7:04 PM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by spiritguide_23 at 8:38 AM on Feb. 11, 2013
Answer by Bmat at 8:38 AM on Feb. 11, 2013