I'm really excited to start another 21-day fast, today. It's a decision I made in the middle of the night, last night... after thought, prayer and conversation with God.
Please forgive this very raw early-morning selfie, but I just had to share about my fast, and for whatever reason I wanted to be transparent and sort of raw when I did it --- bathrobe, bed-head and all...
I suspect it's because when embarking on an extended fast, things do get raw. Things do get real. A few days in, and you're changed. A week in, you're seeing everything in life differently. By week two, you find you've got one foot in this world, the other foot in heavenly places... By week three, you don't want the fast to end. You're clearer than you've ever been; you're more awake than you've ever been. You feel... well if I'm being honest, almost ethereal. That's how Jon put it; he said that first 21-day fast I did changed me in beautiful ways. I was filled with a peace and serenity that nothing could shake.
But achieving that state is a journey... To arrive at that destination, you've got to do the work --- spiritual work, that is. You find yourself taking good, hard looks at your life --- and contemplating the hard stuff, the relevant stuff. Such as? How can I improve myself? Am I living up to my full potential? How can I draw closer to God? How can I more fully do the will of God for my life? How can I treat others better? What in my life needs healing, strengthening, cleansing, development??
When I fast, I normally have one objective, primarily: to heighten my spirituality. Will I lose a few pounds? Of course. Will I detox in the process? Well, sure. But to be clear, my primary objective is to go to the next level. I want to purge habits, behaviors and tendencies that are self destructive. I want to shed anything that hinders me from going higher. I want to remove blocks. I want to establish a more clear and pure connection to God.
Will I be hungry? Well, I won't let myself starve... but experiencing a level of hunger is part of fasting --- it's all about achieving control over the desires of the flesh. It's about discipline. It's about suspending the things that drive us carnally so we can expand spiritually. And let me tell you, get through 21 days of fasting, and you'll come out disciplined, alright. You'll come out strong, focused, clear, ready... Ready for what? At the very least, to be more fully present in your current life. At the most, you'll come out ready to go to the next level, to move into a new dimension of your purpose.
Although, I must say... something tells me to have no real expectations. Something in my spirit says: Suspend what you think is going to happen, JoLynne... even if your expectations are based on past experience. God can, and often does, reveal new messages, new insights, new experiences, when we fast.
What will I be eating? Just fruits, vegetables, nuts and seeds, only. No coffee, caffeinated tea or alcohol. Clear and pure fruit juices will be acceptable, but mostly I'll be drinking lemon water and herbal teas. I'll eat a lot of salads and cooked veggies (broccoli, kale, spinach, cauliflower and butternut squash are my favorite!). Expect a lot of smoothies, too. If you'd like to follow along, you'll be able to find my food pics on Instagram and Twitter. (I won't inundate Facebook...)
* deep breath *
It's such a beautiful morning. Balmy, springtime breezes are blowing through my open windows, and I'm blessed by the sound of the rippling lake and birdsong. Think I'll post this, then make a smoothie. Love you guys. Life is beautiful. Stay grateful today. Stay strong, and stay in the positive. Again, I love you.
Feel free to comment any questions about my fast, feel free also to post any prayer requests.