Every year we are faced with the question of how to approach the fast days surrounding the destruction of Jerusalem. The city is no longer in ruins, yet the Temple is not there. How does that impact the coming fasts (17th of Tammuz & 9th of Av). Here is a fascinating article dealing with this question. It is hosted on the website of Bar Ilan University, a great site for divrei torah on the parasha and Jewish life in general.
Do you find fasting a meaningful tool to remind you of the destruction of the Temple and Jerusalem?
Does fasting help you examine yourself and begin a process of teshuvah?
Can you imagine another ritual that may be helpful in that regard?