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Eating Time Away

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. [1 John 2:15-17]

Eating Takes Time
When we eat, we consume time. First, the physical process of eating takes time. What used to be three meals a day is now a continuous social process.  We include eating in our multi-tasking work day. Our trips to the kitchen, the supermarket, and the restaurants have taken comfortable places in our daily fares.

Secondly, after eating, our body needs time to digest the food consumed. Lethargic senses and dulled intellect commonly distinguish the unproductive moments that follow our meals.

Third, the energy we eventually generate by eating soon prods and prompts us to additional activities that require our attention and further consume our time. Unless we can focus this energy properly, we simply feed our recurring cycle of transient existence.

Without food, time slows down, in the sense that the body becomes less active. While hunger may urge us to focus on finding something to eat, it may also remind us of our spiritual needs and obligations.

Spiritual Time Management
As we take control of our appetites, physical distractions decrease and we can consume time to spark spiritual awareness. We can use time usually spent eating for loftier purposes: instead of our dosage of recreation, we can increase in prayer, reading or helping others. In this sense, we can say that fasting provides more time to worship and please God.

Oh people, you are, in this world, the target for the arrows of death. With every drinking there is choking and with every eating there is suffocation. You do not get any benefit in it except by foregoing another (benefit) and no one among you advances in age by a day except by the taking away of a day from his life. Nothing more is added to his eating unless it reduces what was there before [Nahjul Balagah].

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