Fast and furious February calls for some serious handbrake action to try claw back that Summer holiday state of relaxation. I did a couple of RADICAL experiences (well for me) this month. I tried a fast for the first time and I sat in my comfy chair on the deck in the sun for an entire HOUR while my infant son slept, doing a stitchable dot-to-dot. For those in the community who know me already, I can hear the chuckles from here! You see, I view food as fuel and choosing to stop eating very regularly seems insane to my system. But also that sitting still, uninterrupted and in a peaceful setting for a whole hour is more of a treat for me than a spa-bath.
The Fasting Experience
The fast was encouraged by the church I attend (Curate Church in Mt Maunganui) as a good method for people who are looking to go deeper into their spiritual journey or for those who have an emotional challenge and are seeking progress. Under strict guidelines and after confirming with your doctor that you can do a fast, I would really encourage you to give it a go! It was the first time I’d tried it and was pleasantly surprised by the experience. For us (my husband and I), each time we felt hungry we were to pray or go for a walk and reflect on what was troubling us. By the end of Day 2 of the fast, we had a breakthrough, which was a significant shift in our thinking and has stayed with us in the following weeks thereafter.
So assessing this activity against my guidelines for this Experience Experiment I note the following:
I’d never even seen one of these before until I received a lovely card from a friend produced by the impressive team at The Craftivist Collective who have flipped activism on it’s peaceful head. You simply stitch away and slowly the face of a change-maker becomes clear. It’s so effective doing an experience like this in making you be mindful and completely focused on a task, normally a challenge for me as multi-tasking habitually has ruined this alternate approach to life! Even though it will not be something I seek out to do often, there are so many benefits in doing something like this for your Mental Wellbeing – it’s almost like doing nothing at all! So on reflection:
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