Blog: Travelling Inward
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Pondering, Preparation

At the start of another retreat inward with fasting

Date:   3/29/2013 6:32:54 PM   ( 8 y ) ... viewed 769 times

Hey All,

Back again to continue my writings on my fasting journeys.

It's been a very overbusy Feb & March - was here up to about Christmas 2012, when my fast was brought to an end by family visiting from overseas -- now we're at the end of March, and I'm feeling a definite desire to embark again on a shorter fast this time, as time is short - and I find myself in an oasis of about 30 days in between launching a new business, completing a huge wave of work and family coming over again on the 1st of May...

Gooooo April :)

To recharge my batteries/soul and get my body feeling good I'm spending the Easter Weekend winding off food again, starting with a simple brown rice diet for a couple to few days after which I will give the digestion a break and take only liquids for the month of April.

It's now nearly 3:30 Good Friday, so far I've spent the day in the beginnings of a very overdue house clean. Laundry, kitchen, bit on the bedroom and living... more to go
I have been totally snowed under for about 8 solid weeks in which I've accomplished all the work necessary to get myself and my business/love partner both grants which enable us to work F/T for the next 12 months on our newly launched music production label
Very happy to be embarking on this journey, it has been a lot of jumping through hoops to get that, and I'll admit I found myself working in a way I'd promised myself not to anymore over the past 8 weeks to arrive.
Such is life... it wasn't all the course and the paperwork, I run 2 other businesses and one of them had just been unusually busy during the same time, then there was a big 11 day roadtrip across the country and the need to make up for time away in the midst of it... It's been a slog, but that's over now - and I'm nearly rubbing my hands with glee to think today I am cleaning one temple in preparation for a sort of 30 day retreat cleaning the main one ;)

Mid May we'll head to Bali - little sister from O/S in tow, staying abt 5 weeks where I'll continue the retreat in a very wonderful blessed environment. Won't get to fast the whole time over there... people make that very difficult, but I will try to do at least a short 11 day fast...

Back home end of June, and I can continue on in some fashion, it will be getting cold and wintry brrrr....

Oh, the bs of Western Life.. so hard to keep a balance...
I badly need this fast - am feeling so many parts of me overtaxed by this last push... mind busy, energies drained, body in pain, chubbed up and mangled... Haven't done any Yoga since ??? Dec... Jan... ?? Not sure...
It's going to be everyday April, May and June...
sooo looking forward to the benefits of all of this

I've been fasting for years now, it's really become a lifestyle for me, after 3 months or so of eating and working and getting into that place where you're just busy and keeping yourself going and the stuff you're eating is lovely - not always so healthy... it's changing me, fast after fast, and I can see the difference it makes eating what I would have once considered pretty healthy, and getting to know what really is truly good for the body and soul...

I want to work more on changing that lifestyle and diet
not so easy to change - not so easy to always make time and have the energy and organization...
it's a constant refinement and I've learned so much through fasting. Last fast I really wanted to conclude the fast by starting an intermittent fasting lifestyle
I'd still like to do that, it seems what gets in the way is
1. being too busy sometimes
& 2. obligations which are social and involve food

This is something I really feel I need to cut, and find a way to approach, solve..
Hmmmm... something to put my spirit to work on in this month inwards

Intermittent fasting appeals to me, because you can have 1 very low calorie day followed by 1 day of eating whatever you like... I think the pattern allows you to enjoy the beautiful foods you love while also giving you a simple day where digestion is not taxed.
One thing I really discovered this last 3 months was the benefits of mung beans...
the idea of a day with a bowl of mung beans and a bit of brown rice followed by a normal day, cooking what I liked seems very simple... This is the sort of thing I'm thinking about as a lifestyle.. and to continue to work on keeping a balance in my everyday - exercising, doing yoga and dance
What I really need is long term consistent goals that I can work towards integrating into my life... so far, it's been a pattern of waves, which is certainly better than nothing, but I don't feel good at the end of a wave of work that has knocked me off my intended schedule, designed with my health, longevity and focus in mind.
It's difficult in this society, and I suppose I should love myself for the efforts I do make... lol, I want results as well though!
This is me starting the next wave... and continuing to work on integrating my intention with the cosmic currents...
Too much fat, sugar and heat causing foods...
I feel best when I consume things like mung beans, brown rice, the most simple foods... chinese cabbage... it's better if these things are staples - we cook for flavor though, for taste... and I love all of that.. pasta, mexican, sweets, hot coffee with cream & sugar...
taking a move in the direction of moderation, intermittent fasting with more wholefoods, more simple, I do know that I have to change things, I don't require so much and need to continue to deeply contemplate what I do require so I don't end up back at the end of waves like this washed out and with too much of my good work rubbed away.
I have made progress however... I'd like to set that progress in deeper still and continue to go forward towards the goal of keeping excess weight off, flexibility and wellbeing up and my energy more conserved, generated.. strong.
All for today... much to ponder as I look forward

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