One of bloggers here, Zeroe4, recently completed a “media fast” in which he abstained from the Internet and other carriers of media for a week. It’s an interesting concept. After doing some research, I found others who’ve fasted from media and more specifically, anime.
Fasting is especially topical in light of Easter, when many Catholics and others broke their Lenten fast. The idea of the fast is obviously not limited to Christianity and is practiced to some extent by all major religions. There are also a variety of reasons for fasting, though a main spiritual one is this: to purify oneself, possibly from a distraction or something otherwise harmful for an individual, so as to better focus on some other goal.
I don’t feel the need to have an anime fast at this point in my life, but I do understand addiction. As of the time of this writing, I’m fasting in part to focus on trying to rid myself of an addiction of sorts, though the fast (which I’m using to launch a 40 day period of commitment) is really more focused on the overall idea of self-control, which I previously mentioned is a “Spirit fruit” that is not at all demonstrated in my life.
But a fast in and of itself is a useless if practiced without purpose. I hope that during this time, I’ll be meditative and prayerful, reminded of why I’m doing this and submitting myself to God’s authority.
In the meantime, I think I’ll go say a prayer – I need to get my mind off this grumbling stomach.
Have you ever fasted from anime or media? Have you fasted in any other manner? What was the fast for? Was it ultimately helpful?
Note: At the time of this posting, I’m not longer fasting.