You can use this book to explore only the spiritual aspects of fasting, or only the emotional aspects of fasting, or only the physical aspects of fasting. All are examined in the pages that follow. Doing so will still be of benefit to you. But fasting is a highly complex multifaceted act that is most effective when viewed as a whole and not as a mix of three pieces glued together. For when we fast we are engaging in a multidimensional process filled with myriad ramifications for who we are and how we live. What we are doing is deciding to consciously engage the hidden parts of ourselves, the secret face of the sacred that is in all forms of the material world, and our most fundamental relationships with food and nurturing.