Fasting. Good for Your Health and Our Budget Crisis
I’ve agreed to join thousands of Americans fasting. Here’s why.
It began on Monday when Reverend Jim Wallis and a group of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim clergy launched a prayer fast to highlight what they called the “selective cruelty” in the budget debate. As word spread, thousands more have begun fasting as well. I’m one of them.
When Congress can seriously debate cutting food aid to pregnant women and children while giving tax breaks to billionaires–and the only question the media asks is whether the cuts are big enough–we have a crisis.
Those who will go hungry because of these cuts are largely invisible to decision-makers in Congress. By fasting in solidarity, we have an opportunity to make their suffering visible, and expose the immorality of this policy.
Will you join in? You can fast for a day or part of a day, for a meal or a week—whatever you can do.
PS. If you didn’t see it, the most-emailed article on the New York Times website yesterday was food writer Mark Bittman’s beautiful column about why he’s fasting too.
PPS. Fasting can be dangerous. Those with health issues or concerns that may be affected by fasting should not participate. Anyone unsure or with questions should consult their doctor before participating.
Move-On is one of many organizations supporting this and emailing this information.
Beyond Body Mind Spirit NYC