Re: Joy, laughter, & inspiration?
I agree with Rainy regarding listening to your intuition & body to find this answer.
But I can share during my last fast, I also fasted from all media, including facebook! ;D, TV, phone...told everyone I wouldn't be checking email etc.
This may appeal to the academic in you. : ) I'm a bookworm so I loaded up on nutrition, fasting, & spiritual healing books. I read Dr. Gabriel Cousens' Conscious Eating book during the last fast and it was great. One wonderful benefit of experiencing an extended Water Fast
is your mind is buzzing and super alert, so if you're already a reader you can really absorb the information quite rapidly and thoroughly. My retention of the material was phenomenal and this in itself was HIGHLY MOTIVATING.
I'd say what also motivates me personally are seeing results and preparing for life after the fast. This is something I hadn't really spent much time on with my previous fasting experiences. I would really only focus on the first 3-4 days of breaking the fast with the forthcoming days being more or likely hit and miss. I used to think I didn't need to have a post fast lifestyle change plan, but it has really made the difference for me. Keeping me on track with both my short & long-term healing goals. I still deter from it occasionally, but the time it takes for me to recuperate from unexpected falls has lessoned. Where it used to take me months, now it only takes a few days to get back on track. And more importantly I do so with a more accepting attitude and embrace how far I've come and how amazing this experience has been and continues to be. It's a journey.