Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Real Juice Daily

For days I have had a desire to update my blog, yet it seems that I just couldn't find the clarity or focus to do so. Aside from the usual business of daily activities, I have also been spending much time in research and prayerful reflection and meditation. I have had a gnawing feeling, a swelling on the inside, an indescribable urgency and leading towards making the commitment to join with David and Katrina Rainoshek, Angela Stokes, Philip McCluskey, Heidi Ohlander and many other health pioneers and take the juice plunge. Perhaps you have heard of Juice Feasting. March 1st kicks off the First Annual 92-Day Global Juice Feast. People from all over the globe are joining together to make a difference in their own personal reality with this amazing health technology. Below is an awesome interview with the facilitator of, David Rainoshek:

In just
10 days, I will embark on this very cool adventure . I am looking forward to not only the cleansing, healing, revitalizing and rebuilding effects of the program but I'm most eager about the spiritual aspect of taking three months to live a more fasted life and learn to listen more intently to what's going on inside. Having spent some time fasting in the past, I am aware of the emotional and spiritual shift that generally occurs. In my recent studies, I ran across this statement from Friar Thomas Ryan, a catholic priest and certified Kripalu yoga teacher who coordinates ecumenical and inter-religious relations for the Paulist community in the U.S. and Canada. He says, "Fasting as a religious act increases our sensitivity to that Mystery that is always and everywhere present to us. . . .It is an invitation to awareness, a call to compassion for the needy, a cry of distress, and a song of joy. It is a discipline of self-restraint, a ritual of purification, and a sanctuary for offerings of atonement. It is a wellspring for the spiritually dry, a compass for the spiritually lost, and inner nourishment for the spiritually hungry."

I understand that juice feasting isn't truly considered to be fasting. I hardly consider 1,500 calories per day in fresh, raw, organic vegetable and fruit juices to be depriving, yet it is an absence of food, chewing and other obvious rituals that include meals and eating. It is, in fact, a fasted existence in that respect and has very similar results to any other style of fasting. For the purpose of journaling bits and pieces of my personal journey on juice, I am going to rename my blog for this time period to - Real Juice Daily.

Over the next 10 days, I am simply planning to enjoy life. There is some preparation involved, like picking up a few supplements and mapping out what my trips to Whole Foods will start looking like, I will be going about life as normal. It is difficult to explain my emotional state right now, but I am aware of this sense of excitement surrounding this event both personally and corporately. It is like I didn't chose to commit to the feast, but that "it" actually chose me. I wonder if that makes sense to any one else? I invite you to stay connected and check in from time to time to hear tales from the adventure. I also encourage you to consider some form of juicing for yourself during this time. Even if you were to join in for a few days, a week or more, it would make a positive impact on your health. I hope you'll let me know if you are considering joining in on any level. If it is not the right time for you or if juicing isn't part of your personal interest, I ask you to consider supporting me (and hundreds of others) with your positive thoughts, wonderful energy and happy intentions during this time. Either way, do stay tuned, because it's going to be getting REAL JUICY around here!


Anonymous said...

I agree- sometimes something "calls" to you as if you know it is the right thing to do. I know that eating raw is right for me. I can't even begin to explain the importance of it in this comment. The juice feasting event will be a wonderful communal way to share those feelings with others, though. I look forward to reading about your transformation during your juice feast.

Anonymous said...

I look forward to following your posts and offering encouragement. :-) I just wrote about the juice feasting yesterday, but I don't think I'm up for it right now.

You are already glowing, imagine how much more radiant you will be after all that juicing!

Lots of love to you,


Charis said...

Wow! Penni, that's awesome! I can't wait to hear how it all turns out. Have loads of fun. Keep inspired!

Michelle said...

I am excited for your start and the start of the Global Juice Feast. I mentioned on my blog today that I feel as if there will be a shift in energy on that day. With so many people all joining together for this it is bound to send ripples accross the globe. Isn't it awesome to be a part of it?

I will be here to keep up with your journey and to support you in any and every way.

Much love,

Anonymous said...

Hey dear,
until very recently I considered juice feasting as hard core or extreme.
Seeing on line twitter and GITMR buddies doing it and chronicalling their journey and finding out that wonderful people such as you were planning a juice feast gently inspired me. Great blog post, looking forward to the inner contemplation, cleansing and quiet that I anticipate with this fast.
Rock on girl and let's support one another while getting juicy.
love Dea

Raw Bliss said...

Hi Penni,

Thank you so much for the comment and your own experience of highs and lows.

I really enjoyed the quote you have and I am excited to keep up with you while you juice feast. I am definitely sending out my support and positive thoughts to you(as well as everyone else) always, always. Whether you are juice feasting or not! I do wish you the very best experience from the feast.

I would love to join. I've slowly started to accumulate certain things that I will be needing. I had jumped into without any real preparation and failed. I dislike that word, but that's what happened! So, I am taking better preparations this time(at least I think I am!).


Anonymous said...

Yay Penni! I am cheering for you girl!

Anonymous said...

I love your words, and I know precisely what you mean about how "it" chose you, one must be ready to take a deeper journey and be open to the calling so to speak. although my juice cleanse was (today is the final day) only five days I will be cheering you on and looking forward to your posts. = >

Anonymous said...

I love your words, and I know precisely what you mean about how "it" chose you, one must be ready to take a deeper journey and be open to the calling so to speak. although my juice cleanse was (today is the final day) only five days I will be cheering you on and looking forward to your posts. = >

NifteThrifte said...

Hurrah for Juice feasting!
We'll keep in touch, darlin'.