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72 Hour Fast

My name is Zachary Cohn, and I have never been hungry.

I don't think I've ever gone more than 18 hours without food. Even during religious holidays when fasting was encouraged, it was only sun-up to sun-down (and I'd sneak food throughout the day anyway). I've wanted to eat before, my stomach has told me it was empty and needed more food to sustain it. Even right now, my stomach is growling a bit, even though I ate less than 2 hours ago.

Food is actually a fairly significant part of my life. I eat healthy and I love to cook. I pride myself on having never drank a soda. My roommates and I regularly cook our own dinners, ranging from calzones (made from scratch!) to oven-baked chicken with a homemade alfredo sauce. We eat healthy, and we eat a LOT.

I live in an upper-middle class household where there have always been cans in the cabinet, apples on the table, and milk in the refrigerator. I've made enough money so if I'm out, I don't have to deliberate and decide if I can afford to eat out somewhere or if I should just hold out and wait until I get home. Food has always been an arm's reach away.

I was at a bookstore looking at this book last week when my stomach growled and I decided I was hungry. This time though, for some reason, I thought about my last thought. "I am hungry." Four hours before, I had eaten a 3 egg omelet with cheese, turkey, and peppers. There was no way I was "hungry" again. This is when I realized that I've never truly been hungry. Starving children in Africa, to use the cliche, have gone days without food. People tortured in POW Camps have been deprived of food for days at a time.

Your Life = An Elaborate Juggling Act?

On Linus Rylander

Have you ever felt like your life is just one big juggling act? ...

Trying to keep all the balls in the air... God forbid you drop one. Something terrible might happen, like the spontaneous combustion of millions of baby kittens.

Here's something which I think can really help you start living life more like you want to -- less worrying, more simply flowing. Let's get started.

One of my favorite little principles I've kept whirring around my head for several years now is the idea that "there is only flow and obstruction."

This goes into some "weird stuff" (as I affectionately refer to it), but if you look at what it really is... it's fundamental "life stuff," crucial to navigating through this weird journey called life and maintaining some degree of sanity.

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