In our culture, the true meaning of fasting is slowly fading away. We abstain from meat and call it fasting where that is just the beginning of fasting. The true orthodox process of fasting is a multi-legged stool. The goal of fasting is to get closer to God (Communion). Because God is infinitely far and infinitely close to us, our getting closer to God does not have to do anything with distance but it has to do with direction. When we turn our face (heart) away from God we are infinitely far, when we turn our face (heart) towards Him, and we keep the eyes of our heart on God then there is only a finite space between us and God.