“And on this day thou shalt do none other thing, only let thy food be prepared with singleness of heart that thy fasting may be perfect, or, in other words, that thy joy may be full.”
Doctrine & Covenants 59
To piggy-back on my blog post of Joy a few days ago, I give special notice here to one of the 25 “joy” scriptures included there. What a great approach to diet and our relationship with food! To God, all things are spiritual, therefore it makes sense that caring for our physical bodies (which are temples) would have spiritual connotations and significance. This scripture equates fasting, not with abstaining from all food and beverage, but with preparing and eating with singleness of heart. I understand this to mean mindfulness, and perhaps, simplicity. To prepare and partake of our food in thanksgiving; to eat slowly and savor what we have been given with gratitude. If we do this, we are promised joy, and that our joy may be full.
Interesting that God would equate fasting, or eating simply as contributing to our experience of Joy.