Sleepless, Starving, Steps, and Sabbathing!
Yes, I’m still here! Can hardly believe it’s been over two weeks since I last posted! So unlike me! Tells you just how busy things have been!
So, thought I’d drop in for a quick update!
As my regular readers know, I’ve been doing some serious experimenting over the past few weeks in addition to having my business take off, and keeping up with homeschool and teaching at Gymboree. With all that together, I’ve been busier than a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs! But I feel like I’ve finally come up for air, and so I thought I’d pop in a catch everyone up!
As many of you know, for the past couple of months I’ve been following a program of really intensive prayer. It’s an interesting course about spiritual warfare, and battling those strongholds that keep us bound, often without our realization. The goal of the course is to break free of everything from the past so you can walk free into the future. It’s not for the faint of heart. Since the 14th of January I’ve been getting up every night at 11:30 and praying through until 1:30-2:00 am. I have to admit, there has been the odd night (perhaps around 5 in total) where I’ve just been unable to get up, or my alarm didn’t work, but otherwise, I’ve been pretty faithful to this regimen. As morning starts at 5:30, that makes for a very short night. So, in and around the prayer times I’ve been experimenting – mostly unsuccessfully with Polyphasic Sleep. I tried to go “hard core” and jump in with both feet, but unless you have very supportive people around you who are willing to monitor you and drag you out of bed, it’s pretty hard to follow through on. Currently I do a 1.5hr nap from about 10:00-11:30, followed by prayer, followed by a 4-hour “core sleep”. Then, in the afternoon, I take a nap for 30-45 minutes. So far, that’s working well. Once I’m well into that rhythm, I’ll drop the 1.5 hour nap before prayer, and add another 30 minute nap during the day. I would like to eventually work up to a 3 hour core sleep, and 3 short naps. That would give me quite a bit of free time to work on things I can’t get around to now. We’ll see how it goes, but I’m going to give myself several months to work into that schedule gradually. I don’t do well with shock therapy! 🙂
In addition to letting go of the burden of sleep (ahem) the prayer course also allows me the privilege of giving up food. It often calls for 3 days of dry fasting (an “Esther Fast” where you avoid both food AND water. I’m OK letting go of the food, but I’ve not yet managed a completely dry fast) followed by 1-3 weeks of partial fasting. To make my life easier, I’ve simply adopted the “Fast-5” lifestyle and add in the extra fast when called for. I actually like this way of eating, and, in fact, am rarely, if ever, hungry. Sure saves time! Only one meal to prepare!
The other thing the prayer course is doing is encouraging my walking. One is supposed to march as one prays, and because our house is so open plan, I need to walk someplace that’s a little soundproofed so as to allow the rest of the family the peace and quiet they need to sleep. The only place that allows that is the basement, and the only place to walk in the basement is on the treadmill. So, in addition to my training that I do in the mornings, I now walk 1.5 – 2 hours in the middle of the night, and, having realized the the treadmill allows me to spend day after day without ever getting outside, I now take an afternoon walk of about 3.5km outside. The sidewalks are still a bit of a mess, but on this walk I’m not worried about training or speed or heart rate, so I don’t mind if I have to slow right down or take a detour or whatever. The combination of all three is keeping me at my step goal of a minimum of 10,000 steps with very little conscious effort – Nice!
The added stress of all the above has also encouraged me to get serious about sabbathing. Now, at 6:00pm on a Saturday night, I shut off my computer, and don’t turn it on again until Sunday night around the same time. I don’t check e-mail on my iPod, I don’t do business work, and I try and take time for family and reading. I work my prayer time so I can now sleep through on Saturday-Sunday, and I also sleep in on Sunday mornings, don’t worry about fasting, and ignore my normal schedule. This is HUGELY refreshing to my soul. I highly recommend it.
Now our business is in a manageably “steady” place, I will soon be leaving Gymboree except to do the occasional subbing, and I’m in a good rhythm with food/sleep/prayer, so I’m feeling much more myself! I hope you’ll be hearing lots more from me (and I hope you think that’s a GOOD thing, LOL!)
So, enough about me – catch me up with what you’ve been up to, and where you’re headed! I’d love to hear the things you’re experimenting with and testing in your own life!
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