During the 2 Meditation Retreats, in August 2013 and December 2015, I did not have any problems observing the 8 precepts ~ especially no eating after noon of each day.
However, somehow, once back home or back to “normal” life, it is difficult to ignore the hungry stomach … I could be cooking instant noodles as late as 10pm
Lately, I have learned how to curb that craving! Yeay!!
In the Bhikkhunupassaya Sutta, which Buddha teaches the Directed and Undirected Meditation ~ I understand that if we do not direct our mind to our desired object and focus our mind on our meditation object (eg. on our breath in and breath out), we could overcome the craving and feel contented.
It may not be easy, but, when one puts the mind to it, one can achieve it.
In fact, we may have already done it.
Think about the times when we kept on working and skipping meals coz there was a deadline to meet,
times when we just gotta finish a particular task, without a toilet break, so that we could move on to the next
and more …
So, whether you meditate or not, you could still cut that craving (for food or other things) by putting your mind to the right direction (of a slim and healthy body? Perhaps? ) !
The popular and classical saying of:
When there is a will, there is a way
is pretty appropriate hor?
And that was what Buddha taught 2,600 years ago.
And Buddha says (to those who meditates):
“… Get down and meditate.
Don’t be lazy.
Don’t become one who is later remorseful.
This is my instruction to you.”