Reading, keeping vigil and prayer focus the wandering mind. Hunger, toil and solitudethe-uncondemning-monk2
quell inflamed desire. Psalmody, patience and pity arrest seething anger.
And these are to be practiced at the appropriate time and in good measure, for what is excessive and ill-timed is not lasting, and what does not last is harmful rather than beneficial.

+ Evagrius the Solitary

 

Beloved, often it is asked why Orthodox Christians fast and make prostrations as part of our prayers. We respond that these things help us to contain our wandering thoughts. As an athlete is strengthened through practice, repetition, and concern for the health of their body, so do we benefit through continuous prayer and fasting and vigilence.

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