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Fasting & Rituals

I've been contemplating fasting for a month, or at the very least a couple of weeks.

This is not for any kind of religious reasons
but because October is a meaningful month for me, a month of loss and I've been contemplating for a while having a letting go ritual and fasting seems like a good choice.

Of course, there's always the question of what kind of fast.

I can't do the Ramadan fast (well technically I can but it's unwise) because it's based around the two things it is very bad for me to do - not drink water, and eat a main meal at the end of the day.

The Orthodox fast is easily do-able, but not very much of a challenge because my normal diet is based around fish, and I want to do something different in the last two weeks of October and not wreck my metabolism in the process.

I'm thinking of starting whatever I'm going to end up doing on October 17th, the anniversary of my father's death and up until October 31st - Anniversary of the Fire try and instill a purification of body and mind/spirit by uncluttering my mental processes and my life.

My working idea at the moment is to live on a reduced version of the Orthodox diet - rice, green vegetables, fish and to concentrate on reducing the quantities by degrees until the last three or four days I will consume nothing but water.

I've decided not to smoke, but to drink wine in small quantities (ironically enough that's different from my daily life because I hardly ever drink) in the evening while I do any meditation/process work.

The climax of all this October 31st, the Great Fire in which two years ago my parental inheritance and the best part of my worldly goods were consumed in a giant blaze in Belgrade. The Fire was a termendously symbolic thing, where once the grief and loss had abated a little I felt that a lot of the negative things of my past had been somehow purged by being burnt away and that in the aftermath it was easier to start over.

And that similarly I will honour the losses in my life each year by endavouring to let go of that which I do not need and not running from grief or the messages of my heart/the Divine but allowing them to flow through me as they will. That I will acknowledge the power greater than me and remember that I have free will while letting go illusions of control.

I will mourn if that's what I need to do.
I will practice detachment in order that I may better improve my clarity and perspective.
And I will stop if at any one point I feel like I'm taking on too much.

And hopefully all this will leave me in a state of great mental clarity about my life and my NaNo plot.

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sparktastic
Oct. 15th, 2004 01:57 am (UTC)
And hopefully all this will leave me in a state of great mental clarity about my life and my NaNo plot.

I was all moved and touched and ready to do the fast myself, and then I read the last three words.

Hahahahah!

If it goes well, maybe you could write a book about better writing in Nano through fasting. "Fast for Fiction" TM.

*giggles*
rainsinger
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
Fiction Needs YOU (*insert Kitchener poster here*)
If it goes well, maybe you could write a book about better writing in Nano through fasting. "Fast for Fiction" TM.


That would be a most elegant solution to both of my problems!
*laughs*
mooism
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:12 am (UTC)
I suppose I might get more written, if I had to write 2,000 words before being allowed dinner.

Have you given up smoking before? I always found the first three days were the worst. The week after that was almost as bad. Whenever I lasted a month, I lasted a long time afterwards.
rainsinger
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:17 am (UTC)
I'm afraid I'm a terrible excuse for a smoker seeing how I've never smoked more than about 5 cigarettes a day since I started and in the course of my normal life don't smoke for weeks on end anyway, just because i don't feel like it.

Which all really miffs me because the only reason I started smoking was because I was so intrigued by people's claims that *as soon as you have one they'll be so irresistable you'll just keep wanting more and more for the rest of your life*

I suppose I might get more written, if I had to write 2,000 words before being allowed dinner

Quite possibly. ;)
Although towards the end your paragraphs may degenerate simply into Hunger Hunger Hunger Hunger Hunger No Dinner Makes Dave a Miserably Boy
casaubon
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:32 am (UTC)
I think I'd send my characters to expensive restaurants and feast vicariously through them.
mooism
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:50 am (UTC)
I started smoking in 1995, and started trying to give up smoking in 1995 also, when I realised it didn’t relieve stress as I had previously thought. Although I never smoked more than ten a day, unlike you I was addicted.

Those of my friends at the time who smoked said I was “a smoker who doesn’t smoke”. Or maybe that “I smoke but am not a smoker”. Probably the latter way round. Anyway, as a description it fits you better. Take it, it’s yours :-)

As the next Zokutou theme is “armegeddon”, I may be able to survive hunger by inflicting pain on my characters :-)
dubaiyan
Oct. 15th, 2004 06:09 am (UTC)
hee
I suppose I might get more written, if I had to write 2,000 words before being allowed dinner.

Yes that's what I - and I suspect feath - did :D
guihong
Oct. 15th, 2004 11:00 am (UTC)
I think that is a positive and healthy way to fast, and gain peace (and a NaNo plot) :o).

gui
meepettemu
Oct. 15th, 2004 02:44 pm (UTC)
Fasting is cool, but 4 days without food isn't so clever, not for you (especially if any of those will be at work). You don't tend to eat enough as it is, and gradually reducing the small amount of food you're going to be eating, to spending 4 days with nothing *will* play havoc with you i think. If it was me, I'd be more likely to go for a fluid only diet - soups/juice (not clear).

"A short fast, lasting from one to three days, can generally be tolerated by most people. An extended fast (more than three days) should be supervised by a doctor, preferably one trained in fasting therapy." http://www.medicomm.net/Consumer%20Site/am/fasting.htm

"An individual in good health can undergo a 24-hour fast without danger. Beyond a day or two, fasting can cause fatigue, headaches, irritability, nausea, low blood pressure, and problems with heart rhythms. It is especially hazardous for anyone with a chronic illness such as diabetes, liver or kidney disease, to undergo a fast." http://www.lef.org/protocols/prtcl-160a.shtml#isfastsafe


*everything* I've just been reading on this says that you should juice fast, not water fast.

Water fast - not good idea.
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