Happy New Year, everyone. I hope you all survived and are planning to give whatever you can in service to humanity for this coming year. And if you can't do that, have a good time with whatever you're doing. Just remember to leave the room cleaner than it was when you arrived.
By far, the articles I wrote on fasting bring more visitors to this site than any other (apart from What is Enlightenment, or A Question for My Peers, which also bring a lot of 'You're full of shit!' type private messages, which is fine with me). But that fasting experiment took place five years ago. And apart from playing around with it here and there, I have not undertaken a serious fast since then. I just never got around to it.
Well, I finally got around to it, as I have started today.
I won't follow a lot of rules with this. I'll just keep going until it feels right to stop. But I will do things similar to the previous fast back in 2009. I'll make a liquid concoction to drink everyday so I lose as little vitamin/minerals as possible, along with drinking a great deal of water.
I won't post here everyday with updates, but I will keep a daily journal of this fast, for as long as it continues. Perhaps someday, if enough people are interested, I will publish that journal as a document of what happened.
A few of you have pointed out that last month was the seventh birthday of Takuin. Not of this website (although it is that as well), but of Takuin as a...thing...creature...whatever it is. Someone asked how I feel about that.
I don't feel anything about it, really. It has always been that way for me. I do not go back to revisit any of my old conversations, and I have never re-read anything I have written. It means very little.
Don't get me wrong; in those moments of exploration with other people, digging deep into the roots of whatever we may or may not be, there is a beautiful kind of energy, something unique to those moments that can never happen again. But once those moments have passed, there is never a need to try to catch up with them to bring about the comfort of the familiar.
I don't mean to sound harsh, but after I have a conversation or write a post or whatever it is, you could burn it for all I care. Once it is over, it is over for me. And if it ceases to exist beyond that point, I'll never know, really. But this is something we'll discuss in a little more detail later in this post.
I was not born as Takuin, but for whatever reason, that is what now remains. I don't know how it happened, and I have long since lost interest in finding out.
But thanks for the birthday wishes. ;-)
The Destruction of This Blog
As I mentioned above, whether or not my words continue on after their birth means very little to me. But I do realize there may be some meaning for others out there in the world. And although I would hope to discourage that attitude in general, I won't try to discourage anyone from caring about something that is meaningful to them.
So here is the situation. At the end of January my web hosting expires. I have thought about doing nothing and letting it expire, which means the blog, along with all of the comments and images, would disappear and be gone forever.
I have also thought about letting it expire, but before that happens, taking all of the posts and putting them into an ebook or app or something like that.
I could also keep the site as it is and just let it go on, or I could start something new on the site leaving all the old material behind but still available. Many options.
So here is a question for you: As a reader of this site, what would you like to see happen?
This doesn't mean I will follow your advice, but I will be listening. ;-)