Well, folks, apparently Day 5 was so ordinary and uneventful that I forgot to blog at the end of it. So here it is at dawn on Day 6 and I’m doing a little catch up. That’s the good news! A day so uneventful that… No emotional mood swings. No hunger pangs. Energy!
I did have my first moment of hankering for a taste sensation. So far it’s been nothing but green juice in one form or another. So on my walk (yes, exercising for the second day in a row), as I was heading back home, I stopped in a market to buy 2 apples and 2 peaches. I took them home and juiced up just those items, and rendered the loveliest, almost creamsicle tasting concoction. It was dessert!
Day 5 was a crucial day because I was scheduled to be interviewed on the radio show American Vernacular to discuss my new novel and other fun topics, and all I could think after shutting my eyes on the emotional roller-coaster that had been Day 4 was, “I can NOT be in this head space tomorrow for this interview, or it’ll be a disaster.” Well, like I said, I woke up with energy, and stayed that way, and the interview turned out to be incredibly fun and rewarding.
My morning’s meditation was lovely. If the last two days’ “themes” were Mindfulness and The Coward, then Day 5’s Lenten theme was Prana (breath). In fact, I believe prana directly translates from Sanskrit as “lifeforce.” There’s definitely something about waking up on your fifth day of pretty austere eating (drinking) rituals, yet feeling more energetic than you have in some long while. It doesn’t make logical sense, and yet here I am. So my focus in the sit, with my eyes closed and my hands in gyan mudra, was pranayama, or the practice of mindful breathing, which is always essential in oxygenating the chakra centers and the body’s systems, and quieting the mind.
My day’s batch had already been juiced from having made an over-abundance the day before (the dandelion greens, chard, celery, apples, lemon, and ginger). So there was very little in the way of labors to get me through this day. Like I said, uneventful. Even peaceful. Which makes this blog entry a shorter one than the others before it.
I think a certain zone or flow has hit, friends, a full immersion into an energized focus and complete absorption of purpose. And I am in deep gratitude for getting this far, for realizing just how little my body actually requires to attain health and wellness, and that we’re so accustomed to over-indulgence that we equate it with need (and then the next thing we know we find ourselves regularly sick and rundown, and that’s considered the norm), and lastly, I am in gratitude for entering this new space where mindfulness, centering, and connectedness seem to be in abundance.
Now that I think about it, maybe Day 5’s theme is actually Gratitude.
Have a blessed day.
Angela Carole Brown is the author of three published books, The Assassination of Gabriel Champion, The Kidney Journals: Memoirs of a Desperate Lifesaver, and Trading Fours, and has produced several albums of music and a yoga/mindfulness CD. Bindi Girl Chronicles is her writing blog. Follow her on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram & YouTube.