21 days, 17 pounds and 63 lemons are behind me. Salt and sugar addictions are gone. Thoughts about food and consumerism are re-calibrated. And those aren’t even the best parts! The best part of this fast was the gift of clear remembering.
Can you recall a few of the most content moments of your life?
Deep, soulful Contentment speaks softly, if at all, because Its power doesn’t require words. It transcends words, actually. But It (profound contentment) shows up every now and then to give you a clear idea of what to fill your life with.
- Precious Memory #1 – When I was 7, 8 and 9 years old, my Mom and I had the adventure of living as off-season innkeepers at Oak Cove Resort. Our front yard was a lake, and our three surrounding sides were woodlands filled with exciting creatures and all kinds of life. I was quite at home lying in beds of leaves, climbing trees and studying tadpoles. This all felt full and right in my heart.
- Precious Memory #2 – Before the term “permaculture” had even been coined, my Grandad‘s backyard was a model display. Chickens and all :-) As a lil’ girl, I loved summer afternoons sitting under the grape harbor with my Grandma stringing beans and shucking corn. I couldn’t move my small fingers as quickly as Grandma could. Pop. Snap. Pull. With tender breezes blowing on us, our “work” and our giggly conversation. Berries to wash. Peppers to pickle. Tomatoes to can. Pears, peaches and roses to gather. This all felt full and right in my soul.
- Precious Memory #3 – While working as a seasonal Park Ranger at Eno River State Park I lived in a tiny house in the forest. When I woke in the early morning, I saw wild turkey and deer in the front yard. The mushrooms and honeysuckle that grew all around me found their way into my salads. Mmmm. Hiking trails and wading in the river sometimes made me weep, because I was so overwhelmingly happy. Saline joy. This all felt full and right in my being.
How often do you experience/access that same kind of deep contentment?
And here’s the surprising discovery of this extended fast. My life currently has a depressingly low amount of the fullness and rightness described above.
Fasting cleans, clears and simplifies you. It renews your neural pathways and strengthens your love for land and all life. It makes painfully obvious the gaps and disparities that can creep into a busy, urban, post-modern life.
It reminds you of what really matters, and gives you the energy and personal will to reclaim that.
Thanks for taking this journey with me. I hope it gives you inspiration to get clean and clear.