The last time I chewed was 4 pm Monday, September 14th and the next time my jaw will get some exercise will be the 27th, but who's keeping track? :)
I’m cleansing/fasting. This isn’t my first time, but it is the first time I’m really getting the desired effect – clarity.
Some people think that’s a load of crap (and what you believe becomes your truth), but that’s not you. You’re open-minded. And that’s why we connect. :)
But as a quick quip (cause you know I had to get something in here) - think about it. The practice of fasting has been around for centuries. Centuries! It’s not only been used to heal many physical ailments, but it’s a big part of most religions.
In fact, Jews all over the world fasted yesterday for the highest of their holy holidays, Yom Kippur. So there. <wink> (I love how my blogs have coincided with the Jewish holidays.)
Fasting fits into most spiritual practices because when you add a dose of denial and deprivation into your life, you humble yourself and yield to a higher power.
And that’s what I wanted for my experience.
In the past, my reasons were purely physical – get a jump on weight loss, rid my body of the toxins from all that processed food (I do miss you Funyuns.), and kick-start a healthier lifestyle.
This time, I sought clarity. Seek and ye shall find, baby! (I don’t think the verse goes like that exactly…)
With the exception of the occasional outbound text to my best friend stating very emphatically, “I’M HUNGRY!!!” there’s been nowhere to turn but inward.
(I did try to retreat into the pantry once, but when I caught myself in a trance staring a can of white beans while simultaneously sniffing a container of Fluff, I decided it was best to keep that door closed.)
The beginning wasn’t so easy because that’s when most of the “negative” physical symptoms happen.
It wasn’t so easy to be all zen while I had body aches, felt lethargic, and couldn’t fall asleep because my stomach growled so loudly… Actually, that’s still an issue!
I may have squirmed for a bit, but eventually I reached a place where I’m calm, focused, tolerant, patient, and mindful.
And that only happened by taking it hour by hour and day by day. (It was more like minute by minute at the start!)
But I knew what I wanted. And when you know what you want and why you want it - and that feeling of internal motivation is stronger than any discomfort - you’re able to move through it.
I’m even going to share my absolute favorite thing to do while not eating, which you may think is absolutely torturous, but I can’t stop. I'm addicted.
In case I haven’t said it in a while, talking to you is the highlight of my week. Thanks for being a part of my hive!
I hope you have a bee-utiful day!
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Until next time…
Amy, The Queen Bee NYC
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