Though this is not usually considered as part of a disaster preparedness, however this technique is a valuable tool in our kit. This is a yogic practice that awakens one of our dormant “super-human” qualities, living without food. Most people think of stocking the shelves when they hear the words disaster preparedness. We focus our energy buying, store, invest in so many things, depending on or outsourcing the ability to sustain ourselves. Many of those things are good and even necessary to have in any disaster, but in addition to that list; why not prepare ourselves from the inside out and explore another aspect sustainability. During an emergency situation or disaster the fright, scare or panic, (perhaps thoughts of impending doom etc…) can cause us to experience so much stress and fear it is as if we were already dying. The body and mind go through so much that the process of physical health deterioration begins. We already know our thoughts have a direct effect on our quality of life, the aging process and longevity. It has been studied and shown that everything we believe, think, say and do is reflected directly, or manifested in our lives. The thoughts “I don’t have enough food,” “I am starving,” “I am hungry, I am dying,” etc. coupled with the physical experience of being in a disaster is enough to put us in the grave quickly. However, we can practice a few techniques that will directly prepare us for such an event, here’s one: Every so often FAST, for a few days here and there. Better yet try this yogic technique, Nirahara Samyama,* where you can experience living without food, yet hunger-free -for a total of 21 days. Literally Eat the Sun! Many individuals have been initiated into this technique by living avatar, Paramahamsa Nithyananda. While there are many health and spiritual benefits to fasting, this is NOT fasting, it is a meditation technique. You’ll be literally tapping into the capacity we all have to sustain ourselves with prana, directly from the ether. These are some of the changes one can experiment with while practicing the samyama:
- Gain the confidence and freedom of knowing that in any emergency or just by choice you can easily live for extended periods of time without food.
- Witnessing the relationship between food and our emotions
- Breaking and resetting these, back to tabula rasa, where you, now centered in awareness of the patterns can re-define, re-create, choose these relationships to serve your individual lifestyle -or heck you can just drop the whole thing and go live on prana. You can listen to others’ experiences here. As part of this practice, they do consume a minimum of a teaspoon of haritaki powder, an Ayurvedic herb, daily first thing in the morning and/or evening before bed as recommended by Paramahamsa Nithyananda.
Fasting, may sound intimidating, then start here: even if you practice living on one meal a day for sometime, you will quickly see that you can simply live on limited food/water forever! Another interesting post on Yogic Lifestyle: Living With Minimal Thoughts by working on the quantity and quality of our thoughts, can be found here. Questions? Thoughts? Please comment. Interested in the science behind this post? Subscribe to the blog and look for the coming article, Tapping Into the Vacuum, The Source. To practice the Nirahara Samayama, you must be initiated. The process for initiation is available to everyone, anywhere. You can learn more about initiation into Nirahara Samyama by: