💛The fast is over!💛
The Beloved and I have taken 30 days of our lives, and gifted ourselves with the rest and healing of a water fast.
And we’re now just beginning the introduction to fruits ~ very slowly, savouring each juicy moment, gradually waking up the intestines once again. Very gently, very slowly.
Before I go any further, Beauties, I want to remind you: fasting is not for everyone. If there’s a chance you’re interested in taking this particular journey for your health and wellbeing, do seek out the advice of your healthcare practitioner.
And I am acutely aware that this subject can be quite triggering for some ~ apologies to all of you. I am well aware of the challenges of eating disorders, and encourage you to seek out assistance should this bring up some issues, past or present, for you.
Without a doubt, it’s been one of the easiest fasting journeys either of us have ever taken… easy, effortless, pretty close to joyful, I’d say. The days back in the clinics have felt a tad overstimulating ~ not straining by any means, but showing us the amount of energy expended in keeping our frequencies elevated whilst assisting others on their journey.
Meditation was a big part of our process. Breathwork. Stillness. Connection to nature. And with each other.
We spent a significant amount of this time focused on the present moment. Like a muscle, when we exercise it, it gets stronger and we can feel clearer, more present, and truer to who we are.
Coming into the present moment can feel like something we have to put down whatever we’re doing to experience, but being more conscious doesn’t mean we stop acting, thinking or feeling. Instead ~ like a driver taking control of the wheel ~ it means we are able to be more conscious of our thoughts, feelings, and behaviours, and therefore more discerning with those we choose to have.
Consciousness is something we can experience anywhere anytime; it doesn’t take a fast to experience it.
Here’s a little exercise that you can try, no matter what you’re doing:
Right now, as you’re reading these words, choose to become aware of reading these words.
Then become aware of your own breathing… and then of your body sitting in the chair.
Next, become aware of the various sounds you can hear around you. Look around and perceive the light and colours of the things you can see, any people, animals and interactions, the objects and sense of space. Just consciously perceive what’s around you without labelling. Spend a few moments doing this.
Notice how thoughts start to appear. They could be about this writing, about what someone said to you, an action you took during the day. Just become aware of them.
Now observe how you feel ~ is there perhaps a slight tension in your stomach, or possibly a feeling of agitation? Notice how these feelings can cause you to move in a certain way, like jiggling your legs or clenching your muscles. Don’t become distracted by them, just watch them.
Consciousness is that which is doing the perceiving… and can be directed both inwardly and outwardly. Notice that you can perceive without thinking… that you can perceive just by seeing.
Simply by trying this one exercise we can experience consciousness and observe how there is something within us that is beyond thoughts and feelings, and even beyond the mind.
If you practice this exercise a few more times, you will begin notice that there’s a permanent observer… one that is essentially always there, and always the same, whilst the different thoughts and feelings change from one moment to the next. If you recall a memory of when you were a child for example, you’ll feel that what was fundamentally having that experience then, is what is experiencing this moment now.
Consciousness is what connects us all to the spiritual source, to each other, to all forms of life, to other planes of existence, and throughout time into eternity.
By experiencing and developing it we can perceive… connect with… and partake in the greater spiritual reality and majesty of all that is ~ something truly wonderful to be alive for and to experience.
It’s been a delightful experience, this fast. And the delight continues, not only with the lusciousness of today’s juicy fruits, but also the learnings of living deeply, passionately, with conscious intention in every moment.
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