So.. I plan on doing 9 forty day fasts in 2011. Again, I know they are not "food fasts" but rather the giving up of things that are important to me.
Fast #1 - Regular food fast. I have toyed with the idea of doing just water but I will probably focus on liquids such as juices and water. I have done this once before and found it incredibly interesting. I definitely have a new appreciation for food and and can still remember that Campbell's Italian Wedding soup I had on day 41. My mouth waters just thinking about it. I want to start with this to help prepare me for the other 8 disciplines. I also have some struggles I would like to devote some concentrated prayer combating and can't think of a better venue to do just that.
Fast #2 - No Seeing. Yes, blindfolds for over a month. Yes, I went to the doctor. He said it should be fine. This is the one I am most anxious about because of the complete lifestyle change I suspect it will require. This one may be the most humbling, needing large amounts of help from family and friends. My eyes get me in trouble too much (guys I can hear your unified 'Amen'). I want to see in a new way, and can you imagine how beautiful that first sight will be?
Fast #3 - Spending. Maybe Frugality. I have decided to exempt my mortgage, utilities, tithing, and Christian relief fund. This I suspect will be much more difficult than I anticipate. Eating out, technology, books, useless plastic objects have become all too easy and available for a single man with no real debt. To not get something when I want it.....well that is going to be rough. Hopefully more fully realize how rich I am.
Fast # 4 - Silence. Aren't you a preacher Danny? Yes, I am. And I am glad I have such wonderful, understanding and compassionate elders. I am going to try some visual presentations and share some much needed silence in our corporate times together. We will have a few guest speakers though. This is one I am most curious about. I did a day at the monastary a few years back and LOVED it. If this is that times 40 I can't wait.
Fast #5 - Media. No computer, TV, Movies, or music. I am exempting my alarm clock for obvious reasons. The TV and movies don't worry me but the computer does. I feel I have become entirely too dependent upon it and need to recognize it as the blessing and tool it is, not allowing it to become a crutch. I suspect this will open my eyes to how much the computer has become the spam of my life. So much unnecessary time wasted and consumed. I want some good ole face to face interaction.