Thursday, January 09, 2014
On Day 3 of my green juice fast, I am down 6 pounds. So far, everything seems to be going well with fasting and I already feel much better, too. I celebrated by getting a much needed hair cut and buying a whole lot more dinosaur kale.
One of the curious things about fasting is supposedly long-term fasting can heal old injuries and hurt. My left knee hurts tonight in a way that makes me think that kind of healing is already going on right now. It isn't a terrible pain, but a strange twinge.
I do think there is some truth to this idea of long-term fasting allowing all kinds of healing. My longest fast was my last one. I made it through 18 days, and I definitely encountered some old pain I hadn't felt in years. Nearly a decade in fact. It was so distinct that I had to wonder if the sages are right.
Often I have read that 21 days of fasting can be a time of great emotional and mental healing, a spiritual experience. And 30 days is said to be able to heal just about anything. And 40 days seems to be a very important number when it comes to fasting.
At this moment, I am just grateful that I feel better than I did when I started the fast. I'm happy the weight from the holidays is coming off, and that I am going to get the chance to continue the healing process.
I'm getting used to making juice on a regular basis, freshly made when possible and immediately consumed. Also I am getting used to having to pee more often. The great news is that I haven't had some of the tough detox symptoms I've had in 2013. But as I feel the twinge in my knee, I am curious if my body has already gone into serious healing mode.
I did walk nearly an hour today but I haven't gotten to Kundalini yoga yet. That will be tomorrow. Luckily there are no food cravings although I do feel a bit tired and a bit less focused at the moment. That will soon pass.
I faced a chilly wind to get that hair cut but it turned out to be a good way to celebrate my green juice fast under way. I am making great progress.
My visualization throughout this has been my swimming to a distant shore. I grew up by the ocean and always was into ocean swimming That image of swimming to the distant shore works for me, and I know that long-distance ocean swimmer Diana Nyad used that visualization to get from Havana, Cuba to Key West, Florida. Her mantra was to do whatever it takes.