There’s a few more days left before I return to work, a few more days to reflect and plan ahead. The last post reviewed the year just gone but didn’t really have too much rumination on what any of it might have meant.
I’m currently 42 hours into a 72-hour fast and past the hunger pains of ghrelin. There are still desires for food but they’re revealed now as emotional demands, I feel myself seeking the comfort of eating, wanting the beat of a meal to keep time, to sub-divide the day. I’m planning to start each quarter of the year with a 72-hour fast. It’s part of a plan to get my health back on track. The tendonitis injury I developed walking in Spain massively curtailed my walking the rest of the year and as that’s my main form of activity I quickly wasted the fitness developed during the Camino. A recent doctor’s visit added some bad cholesterol and blood pressure stats to the mix. Yesterday I got some new batteries for my smart scale and bought back into the ‘if it can be measured it can be managed’ ideology.
I woke this morning to news of the US assassination of General Soleimani and more imperialist intervention, the ongoing Australian firestorm, and Met Office reports of a year of record temperatures in UK. It’s raining here right now and it has seemed to have been wet more often that not for weeks. I had been wondering if maybe Essex would lose its dry reputation this year, but just read an update from my local organic farm which measures rainfall on site and found it was about average (keeping it below, for example, the average annual precipitation in Jerusalem or Sydney.) With rising average temperatures and uneven rainfall distribution, I wonder what changes there are to evaporation rates and what would constitute the conditions for a move higher on the Savory brittleness scale.
I’ve been following the ‘process of reflection’ of the British left across blogs and twitter threads and the parallel slow adjustment to the new Conservative administration. Paul Mason’s round-up ‘Analysing Labour’s Defeat‘ was pretty good, and I liked Jeremy Gilbert’s ‘The only way Labour can win is by ditching ‘Labourism’.‘ It’s probably indicative of my own searching for some pathway to electoral/constitutional reform, collaborative politics and coalitions based on ecological governance and equity.