Today, April 4th, 2011, marks Day 1 of my cleanse. My upcoming project, senseLESS, is based on the abuse of our 5 senses. So in preparation of it, I’ll deprive my senses and cleanse myself of extraneous things.
For a minimum of 40 days…
-I will not drink any alcohol.
-I don’t smoke, but I will attempt to avoid being around it.
-I will try my best not to take pills (Aleve, Claritin, etc.), unless it’s completely necessary.
-I will not eat any fried food.
-I will limit myself to eating red meat once a week.
-I will not add any unnatural spices to foods.
-I will not drink any soda.
-I will not embrace anyone (hugging), except my blood family and the kids in my life.
-I will not kiss anyone.
-There will be no intimacy or physical stimulation in my life.
-I will immediately look away as soon as I catch myself looking at and/or visually admiring women.
-I will not talk on the phone, unless it’s with my blood family or job-related.
-I will not listen to music (CDs or the radio), unless it’s job-related.
-I will not watch any movies or television.
-I will begin working on my new project senseLESS.
-I will do a minimum of 30 minutes of physical activity at least 4 days a week.
-I will limit my time on the computer, mainly constraining it to documenting this process and promotion.
-I will try my best to get 8 hours of sleep daily.
-I will drink at least 64 ounces of water daily.
-I will begin reading into spirituality and start my search.
-I will mark the end of this process with something that will mark a new beginning.
We’re constantly on sensory overload and things bombard our senses every minute – marketing, advertising, entertainment – all targeting your cravings. I wanna cleanse myself of some of that. If you know anything about me, you know what a challenge this will be. I lead an extremely hectic and social life that is, most of the time, based around a party. A few weeks ago on a Tuesday (and there was nothing special about this Tuesday – no show or anything), I counted 6 people that came by from the time I got home from my day job to the time I went to bed. I need a break, a social absence, so to speak. I’ve felt clouded for a long time. I’ve felt numb. I’ve continued to put off my health to work and fulfill obligations. This is about my physical, mental, & emotional health, it’s about my new project, it’s about gaining clarity, it’s about understanding relationships I have with others, it’s about clearing a communication channel, it’s about stripping away crutches and things I enjoy, so I can enjoy them more thoroughly and appreciate them later in moderation. I will have to avoid certain situations. People that don’t understand may be offended, but it’s something my mind and body needs.
I gotta get back to the roots of what I feel like life should be about. Less clutter, more substance minus substances.
At the end of 40 days, I may feel like I’m finished or I may want to keep going. There may be other things that I commit to doing or not doing, as well. We’ll see what happens.
Photo by: Shawn Jantzen 2011