Catholicism, Judaism, and Islam all include major periods of fasting. Hunger. Yearning.
The Matron swears Buddhism is all about how much you don't eat.
Why fast? Why abstain? Hungry -- really hungry, not just ten minutes past dinner -- and you're raw. Vulnerable. Different. Changed.
When was the last time you were hungry? Raw, vulnerable, awake?
This is how she chose to spend her day. It was amazing.