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Ruffing It and Double Dip Fasting?

Zip with Coller

Zip with Collar

Zip had a bit of surgery this week and came home on April Fool’s Day with an Elizabethan Collar and a “drunken sailor” swagger.  The collar is a plastic cone that goes around his head and keeps him from scratching or licking the tender spots.  It took a bit of effort to re- master going down stairs and now going upstairs catches the edge of the collar and just totally stops all progress – Keep your chin up old boy!

Fortunately our online friend Flossie has bravely gone before and put up a positive post about  the 5 good lessons learned while wearing an Elizabethan collar.

Zip in his own words says it is Ruff, Ruff.

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I am wondering if anyone else is doing the fun CARBON FAST?

Half way through, we are not finding it ruff at all and are rather enjoying reading the daily suggestions.  Most of the suggestions are not new to this household. We have found it reassuring to know that we have been doing most of these things for most of our lives and that they are making a difference.

I did have to compromise on putting the towels on a drying rack.  It has been so wet and rainy here; I used the dryer to keep them from mildewing.  I have to go the extra mile to keep mold clear of the bathrooms and sink areas during this time of year also.

I  learned a new trick about defrosting the freezer (I usually do this in May as it is still too full of food )  and that was about putting blocks of ice on the empty shelves to keep the freezer working most efficiently.  I still have about 50 quarts of applesauce acting as the blocks of ice right now, but I appreciated learning that lesson for those empty pre-season days.
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Bread for the World FAST

Isaiah the prophet said:
Is not this the kind of fasting I have chosen;
To loose the chains of injustice and untie the cords of the yoke,
To set the oppressed free
And break every yoke?

Rev. David Beckmann the Director of the Bread for the World Program  has been fasting. Mark Bittman, a food critic for the New York Times,   heard about the fast and decided to join Beckmann for a week and wrote about his choice and all the details for his column.

I wanted to know more, so I spent most of a day researching the progress and information available. Then I signed up.   I signed up through a Facebook connection to Bread for the World.  I was not alone, about 16,400 people signed on in the next few hours after the article.  Several organizations I get newsletters from shared the information and another 20,800 people signed up to fast in the next few hours.

This fast is to publicly say that the way the US Congress is  treating the “least of these” is reprehensible and unacceptable, when programs are being cut to assist those in the greatest need: children, veterans, health, education, disabled,  and  the corporations and wealthiest who paid for the elections receive tax cuts.

This is a moral issue – not a balance the budget issue.  Life is not about “if you can’t pay you can’t play”.

Many are just giving up one meal for a day, some are fasting for the long haul, I have chosen to give up 2 meals a day through the month and then I will re-negotiate. I thought I had best not leave anything to chance so I am also writing a letter to my new representative in the House, who seems to be a follower and is not representing her district’s wishes and I am continuing to complete grant applications for our schools, our public health care facilities, and the environment.

This is my faith into action.  My call.

Micah 6:8
What does the Lord require of you
But to do justice, and to love kindness,
And to walk humbly with your God?

Fasting can be ruff, ruff but it is not something new.  It is cleansing and it is powerful and it has been a lesson used by many leaders to teach and inform.  Gandhi and Martin Luther King Jr. come to mind quickly and then Jesus, and the Buddha, the list goes on and on – it is not time for us to affix an Elizabethan collar to keep us from reaching the painful spots and licking wounds.

Have you ever fasted?  Have you fasted for a blood test or a surgery experience?  Have you fasted from dessert because you would not eat your peas?  Did fasting assist you in your awareness or accelerate your faith or kindness?    Is it a loving thing to do?  Does it change anything, heal anything, or does it need to be part of a combination package?

Looking forward to your thoughts.

Related Reading:
Carbon Fast
32 Years of Writing
Teaching a Pup to Rain Walk
Food as a Spiritual Practice

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21 Responses to “Ruffing It and Double Dip Fasting?”

  1. Dot Says:

    Zippy is so cute!!! They do hate those Elizabethan collars, don’t they? When Gizmo had the surgery I’m guessing Zip had, he had a bit of a painful time afterwards, but recovered quickly. I hope Zip does the same.

    As for the carbon fast, too much going on to take time out for that. If the laundry’s washed, that’s the best I can do.

  2. Patricia Says:

    Dot,
    We all have to pick what we will do and participate in….after doing the detox for Mercury in my system and feeling so good, this is just a continuation and it feels very good. The carbon fast – well, it saved us $5,000 this year…impressive to me and simple to do.

    Zip is a bit too playful this morning – I am trying to keep him calm but scratching his head and ears where he can not reach right now, but doing fairly well with the collar – I think he likes to make us laugh with it?
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  3. vered | blogger for hire Says:

    To me, fasting is torture. But you, Patricia, are an inspiration.
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    Patricia Reply:

    I have been reading some amazing post today – feeding my soul and I am not feeling hungry at all – rather filled up and contented

    Thank you – You are a blessing Vered

    http://brownpaperbaggirl.wordpress.com/2011/04/03/why-we-take-shallow-breaths/

  4. Tess The Bold Life Says:

    Hi Patricia,

    I’m not good at fasting or shall I say it doesn’t agree with me. I do love your cause and will do other things to participate. Thanks for the inspiration. I admire you.

    I saw a guy without legs in a wheelchair in a restaurant in the airport. When my server came back to my table. I told her to add his bill to mine. He had a back pack that said “wounded warriors.” It’s an org. that I support anyway. The money one donates goes to getting those back packs filled for them when they arrive at Walter Reed hospital. One thing I love about the internet is seeing how so many people are doing so much good for others.

    Patricia Reply:

    Maybe I am not being fair Tess, but fasting is something that I am able to do well – Many people were just doing one food item or one meal today for the Bread for the World Fast

    Now the Carbon Fast is incredibly easy to do – just little changes that can make a huge difference in the world and in the environment – little things like not using the dryer for one load of laundry and hanging it up on a rack or line…or keeping the refrigerator or freezer clean and in good working order – it has truly impacted our budget

  5. susan Says:

    Hi Patricia,
    Hope Zip can loose that collar soon. Dogs do heal amazingly fast.

    With the exception of maybe a decade of what I call my lazy and convenience-driven period of my life, I’ve always done the reduce carbon thing – actually to the point of it is just the done thing around here. I’ve taken a lot of kidding/ribbing over the years for hanging out laundry, using dryer racks, and recycling/reusing everything. I think it comes, in part, from my austere farm upbringing and “hippie” days? Whatever. It’s just the way I live. I’m always thrilled to hear others are doing whatever they can to consume less of our precious resources so I’m really with you on this!

    As for fasting, I’m more into boycotting the purchase of gmo’s and worthless pretend foods. My good health is a direct reflection of the food I eat and I’m not going to compromise that to make a point (?) politically when there may be other communicative avenues that might affect change without sending my body and health into deprivation. When a cause (such as the one you wrote about) is certainly worth taking some action about, I’m sure there are more effective ways to lobby for change that will allow me to remain strong, healthy and helpful. With all the health struggles you have had and are having, is this “giving up 2 meals” a wise choice? Beckman and Bittman are probably in peak health and a brief fast may not have much of an impact overall. My belief is that when you are strong and healthy you can help others to do many things – help (in whatever fashion) has to come from a strong and healthy core.
    Take care of yourself, Patricia.
    Hugs
    suZen

    Patricia Reply:

    Suzen,
    We still have 2 weeks of the collar left, but Zip is back to being his most happy self – I think I may start walking him in short bursts sooner rather than later – he does miss his walk and neighborhood visiting.

    I think you would be amazed at all the folks who do not understand resources fasting/ carbon fasting and how afraid they are to upgrade schools and understand Zero Clearance Buildings and houses. It is quite fun to think that Nationally about 70,000 folks are participating in this fast – and maybe showing their children.

    I am actually just continuing on with the detox regime…it is 2,000 calories a day – mostly veggies….I am actually feeling better knowing that I am helping get the word out..

    did you see that North Carolina was voting last night to make being a Naturopath, Homeopath, Herbalist, aroma therapist – illegal in their state….Trying to find out if they succeeded.

    they were doing the vote at night and out of the way of cameras….talk about trying to get the word out….
    thank you for your great words and expanded information

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  7. Jannie Funster Says:

    Hi Patricia, I remember our dachsund in one of those collars, being such a sniffing kind of guy, he was always getting it fetched up, like every 5 seconds, on our walks. Maybe he thought it had somehow fallen off in the last 5 seconds since getting it full of grass and ground? Dogs are so funny
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    And zip just keeps getting cuter and cuter.

    I tend not to fast, so I have better energy for action to deal with things.

    Been eating crazy-well the past few days, and enjoying it a lot, the hairloss thing the impetus. I feel so powerful and full of good energy with lots of greens and organic fruits.

    And yes, totally carbon fasting this afternoon, here at the library not far from Kelly’s school, instead of making an extra trip home. It all helps! And gee, less than 8 weeks left in the school year!

    xoxo
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    patricia Reply:

    Jannie,
    I am so happy to hear that you have been eating well -and working on healthy choices – that just maybe a fast from beer and donuts? but it is another kind of fast…

    Aren’t dogs just funny, funny…and Zip never disappoints in his happiness.

    Good idea to work at the Library and save a trip…nice work…good thinking… I try to only use the car once a week and combine all the errands into one circuit – I know that is hard with carpooling kids to school and sports activities – now I just use one tank of gas a month and have to save up if we need to go on a trip!

    Thanks for your good idea sharing

  8. Brownpaperbaggirl Says:

    Zip is adorable. I have never gone on a fast myself, but I can see how valuable a time of cleansing and thinking is.

    patricia Reply:

    Brownpaperbaggirl,
    Yes Zip is quite the pup and so happy – a Buddhist dog?

    Fasting is very valuable to me, but it is not for everyone.

    I was so moved by your shallow breathing poem, I have sent the link out to many and read it nearly a dozen times. Thank you for your wise words – soul food

  9. Talon Says:

    I always feel sorry for the pets when they have the cones on – suddenly walls and doorways and everything seem to jump out at them. Glad Zip is doing well!

    I’ve never fasted for a cause. I think it could be powerful in a collective situation.
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    patricia Reply:

    Talon,
    This collar is so frustrating to ZIP and I just know he will be happy to have it come off – but we do not want an infection to set in – so will endure for awhile longer.

    There are lots of ways to fast – like the carbon fast and many folks on this fast are only doing it for a week and then handing the baton off to the next person. In my community, many folks are fasting from processed foods or just one meal a day. It feels very powerful to me.

    When I called my representative to Congress, the clerk on the phone said it sounded like a stupid idea! my two Senators are also part of this fast – that feels very powerful

  10. Antonia Says:

    Awwwe! Hope Zip is out of the constraint soon. Such a cutie!

    I have fasted for a cause. I have also fasted for my own health, which was a powerful practice. Now, after regaining my health, I wouldn’t compromise it through voluntary fasting, but I admire your choice to partake in this important cause. Brava!

    Best wishes and many Blessings
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    patricia Reply:

    Antonia,
    Thank you for your good thoughts and your beautiful post on Spring – such sunshine it was to read :)

    I am just continuing on the mercury detox fast that I was on for my health and I just feel better and better every day… I believe this IS an important moral issue and well worth it.

    I am not fasting to say one policy is better than another, I am fasting because being constantly bombarded with fear truly unbalances and is detrimental to the the health “of the least of these”

    I was delighted to learn that 28 representatives to Congress and 14 Senators joined the fast this week – not all from one party!

  11. Arts Web Show Says:

    Aww poor zip.
    I bet he likes scratting his neck too. lol
    Carbon fast, sounds like a computer game 😀
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    patricia Reply:

    Richard,
    He loves scratching his neck and he is achieving that by rubbing up against the wool carpeting. He has forgotten how to climb the stairs – he is smart so I think his skill will return.

    I think a Carbon Fast could be a great computer game…any way that we can teach that we would save about 3 trillion a year if we greened up our houses and buildings and became more net zero…we have as much fear about that here as we have about nuclear power plants….and we keep hearing that it costs too much….I don’t know, creating millions of new jobs seems very important to me…and keeping the air fresh enough to breath

  12. Davina Haisell Says:

    “Zip in his own words says it is Ruff, Ruff.” Booooooo!!!! :-) Love it!

    Good luck with your fast, Patricia. I have fasted many times; the longest was a whole week on just water. I’ve done fruit fasts for a couple of days in the past. I haven’t fasted in years, though. I’m on the gluten-free diet and now, also following a Paleo-style diet. That’s enough for me. I do feel that during the late spring or early summer I will do a day or two fruit fast though.
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    patricia Reply:

    Davina,
    I have passed on the baton for fasting this weekend and it feels pretty go to have accomplished the one round, but our representative to congress is so closed minded all she can think to do to respond to 20,800 people in her State fasting is say: Well that seems like a silly thing to do…

    I am off to enjoy my blueberries…Thank you for breaking your fast of not writing on blogs or facebook until your work was completed by coming to visit me :) I feel honored