It's easy to talk about making healthy choices - not drinking, smoking, cleanse this, whole 30 that, exercise, yoga. It's entirely something else to do something permanently and make it a way of life. People say it takes 40 days to break a habit. It doesn't. I've practiced breaking habits for 40 days, 3 months, even 6 months. The habits creep back. Exactly two years ago I committed to not drinking for a year. I made it 6 months, had a few slip-ups over the summer, then jumped back on the wagon for another 6 months. And another 6 months and another 6 months. The hardest part of not drinking wasn't not drinking - that was actually quite easy. The hardest part was not being invited out or being included with friends - everyone wants to go out for a drink! But rather than dwell on the loss, I looked at the bright, namely that I felt better and had more time for other awesome things - family, meditation, SoulJour.
Last year, the year commitment was made to remove the last monkey off my back - weed. To go straight up squeaky clean. Whoa. Scary! No longer an option to hide behind a veil, when I went out to parties, I talked to people from my own true nature. What a concept! No regrets. No waking up in the morning not clear on what was said. No false promises. No shit talking. Just me. Take it or leave it.
2 habits since teenage years...Broken. Not in 40 days. In years.
So this year, we go deeper. We all know fasting is great for you, the claims are lengthy. But has anyone actually done it more than once or twice/year?
Today marked the first 24-hour water fast. 1 down, 51 more to go. My head hurt and I definitely wanted to eat a few times. But a SoulJour's life is fast paced and time flies. I survived. I imagine it will get easier as I gain more control of my senses. I'm in charge of my body. My body isn't in charge of me.
It's important to walk the walk, not talk the talk. Don't knock it 'til you try it, etc etc...I have no idea where this idea came from or where it's going. I've always been up for a good human body experiment. We seekers are curious and inquiring minds want to know if these claims really are true. The body is miracle and a temple and let's face it, we live in a toxic world. It's our duty to help our bodies. We only get one in this lifetime...
So here we go. It's never too late to join in on the fun. Strength in numbers.
Who's in? It's ok if you're not. Let's talk in a year and we'll let you know the results!