According to wikipedia:
Fasting is primarily the act of willingly abstaining from some or all food, drink, or both, for a period of time. A fast may be total or partial concerning that from which one fasts, and may be prolonged or intermittent as to the period of fasting.
In Takuin's case, it is an abstention from any and all food. Apart from water and tea.
I will eat no solid food, nor any calorie containing beverages for 28 days.
I have thought about doing this for some time, but never really made any preparations before now. I have performed intermittent fasting in the past, and have always been fascinated with the effects it has upon the mind. And that is the real reason: to follow the effects it may or may not have on the mind.
This is not for religious reasons, health, detox, or weight loss (although I am sure there will be a period of detox and weight loss). Honestly, I am just curious to find out what will happen. I want to sit alone, and find out what happens.
Writing the Experience
I will be posting here nearly every day as I go along, and I will be 100% honest about what is happening. Whatever may or may not arise, you'll read about it.
I won't say I'll post every day, but if anything of significance - or apparent significance - arises, I'll post it.
More or Less Clarity
I won't say I am expecting an increased state of any kind. And if you have read my writings, you'll know I am not trying to get a specific result. But I will sit for a few hours each day and write about whatever may happen to come.
If nothing is there, nothing is there. But I have to find out.
The Physical Results
Although I am not doing this for weight-loss or detoxification, I will be taking notes on any physical changes that may occur. (Some of these changes, I am sure, will be gross - or at least, unpleasant. But I'll try not to gross anybody out!)
I am sure there will be a great change in the body, along with a "re-set" of how this organism craves food. Actually, I am very curious to see how many re-sets will occur.
I am aware of certain vitamin and mineral deficiencies that may occur during an extended water fast, so I will be supplementing a few times here and there. Japan has a wide selection of electrolyte supplements along with vitamins and minerals, so I feel no impending doom over this experiment.
I understand that some of you may feel any supplementation will "kill" the effectiveness of a fast, but I do not see it in the same way. I have been working on this for the last three weeks and feel that I have found a very small selection of supplements that are subtle and innocuous.
One is a very fine vitamin C powder, and the other is a mineral and electrolyte tablet about the size of a baby aspirin. I won't be taking these very day, but most likely once or twice per week.
I am really not very concerned with becoming deficient in vitamins and minerals. Supplementing once or twice per week should take care of that.
Having supportive friends and family is important for most of us, especially when going through an experiment of this kind. Interestingly, most of my friends and acquaintances are honestly curious to find out what is going to arise. So am I.
But Akiko has been the most helpful. During this fast she has decided to mostly eat foods that I absolutely HATE. She reasons it will keep me from being hungry. It may end up being incredibly helpful. ;)
Feedback from YOU
I am very interested in hearing of your own experiences with fasting, and what you may have taken from it. Please leave your comments below and let all of us know what sort of things you may have gone through. It will be greatly appreciated.
Also, I have been learning to use skype and may have a few conference type calls during the month of February (I assume one can conference call on skype...I am not quite sure as of this writing). If anyone is interested, leave a comment below or send me a message directly via the Contact Page. And these won't be "I am a guru and you are not" type calls or any of that nonsense. It is just for Takuin and others in this community to get to know one another.
Apart from e-mail, I am a neanderthal when it comes to online communication. :(
It All Begins Tomorrow
The fast begins February 1st. If you, or anyone you know, are interested in the results of water-fasting, stay tuned to the blog over the coming month.
I can't wait to find out what is going to happen.