What is good for mental health?
Understanding your hunger.
Hunger can drive us to make choices that are not in our best interests, both literally and emotionally.
Our hunger drive is a primal instinct that motivates us to seek out food and sustenance in order to survive. However, this same drive can sometimes lead us to make choices that are not in our best interests. In fact, it can lead us to harm ourselves.
Yet anyone who’s tried to give up something their system believes is necessary to survive, understands the “hunger” struggle. In therapy, we see it in addictions, disordered eating, eating disorders, codependency etc.
On our Lenten journey, the lesson we can learn from Jesus' temptation, to turn stone into bread, is to trust in God’s provision and not our own.
By developing a deeper understanding of our own hunger, we can make choices that lead to greater health, happiness, and fulfillment in all areas of our lives.
We increase our faith and learn to be satisfied with things that make us well physically, emotionally and spiritually.
We learn that fasting can help us answer the question, “What am I hungry for?”