#Fast4Power Daily Report Back
#Fast4Power is a weeklong sunup to sundown fast intended to fortify our spirits, to strengthen our resolve, and to prepare our minds, bodies and souls to fight for our collective liberation. It will last from Saturday, January 14th through Friday, January 20th (Inauguration Day). See who’s participating and sign up here.
Day 1: BODY
We begin today with collective intention. Together we start this 7-day fast by reflecting on the strength and power of our bodies. As we take time to pause and prepare for the fight ahead, we recognize our body as the vessel we use for carrying out our work.
Reflect on BODY:
We are the caretakers of our bodies as long as we house them on this earth. It has been said that they are “living temples.” What is the spirit telling you about kind of self-care and community support required by your temple in this moment?
Daily Dish: Voices on BODY
Day 2: MIND
Today we look inward to explore one of our most important sources of strength, our mind. We focus on caring for our minds as a bare essential for ensuring that we are prepared to do the work of liberating our people, our communities and ourselves.
Reflect on MIND:
What is the greatest good that you can imagine for yourself, for your community? Close your eyes. Sit quietly and meditate on your vision. See it clearly with your mind’s eye. Now will it into existence.
Daily Dish: Voices on MIND
Day 3: SPIRIT
Today we take a deeper step into self to focus on spirit. This part of our journey takes us inward and outward. Our spirit serves as our anchor. When we tend to it, our spirit has the power to guide and inspire.
Reflect on SPIRIT:
“Cowardice asks the question, is it safe? Expediency asks the question, is it politic? Vanity asks the question, is it popular? But conscience asks the question, is it right? And there comes a time when we must take a position that is neither safe, nor politic, nor popular, but one must take it because it is right.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
“There is something in every one of you that waits and listens for the sound of the genuine in yourself. It is the only true guide you will ever have. And if you cannot hear it, you will all of your life spend your days on the ends of strings that somebody else pulls.” – Howard Thurman
Daily Dish: Voices on SPIRIT
WATCH: Charlene Sinclair, Rev. Shonda Nichols, and Rev. DeForest Raphael breathe life into our spirits.
Day 4: COMMUNITY
Today our journey extends outward from ourself to others – to community. It is only in “common unity,” in genuine, supported and accountable presence of collective consciousness, that the foundation of a movement for justice becomes possible.
Reflect on COMMUNITY:
One of humanity’s deepest fears is that we are alone. Community dispels those fears. It is the place where we find each other– and ourselves.
The South African philosophy “ubuntu” translated human-ness and articulated in the phrase “I am because we are,” is the organizing principle of community. Sometimes we are so focused on the big picture part of building community that we overlook individual relationships that make up our community. Today practice ubuntu through small acts of human-ness for someone.
Daily Dish: Voices on COMMUNITY
Day 5: SOLIDARITY
Yesterday, we focused on community – building common unity with others. Today we move to solidarity. Solidarity is achieved when we go beyond individual relationships and beyond shared relationships to see ourselves in our neighbor. Through solidarity, we become one.
Reflect on SOLIDARITY:
Think of a time when someone had your back. What did it feel like? What do most remember about the moment? Let that memory and that feeling drive you to be in solidarity with others who are fighting for the world “as it should be.”
“Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly. I can never be what I ought to be until you are what you ought to be. This is the interrelated structure of reality.” – Martin Luther King, Jr.
Daily Dish: Voices on SOLIDARITY
Day 6: VISION
From solidarity, we move to vision. Vision inspires and fuels us as we struggle together and resist injustice within the context of the world as it is.
Reflect on VISION:
As movement builders and activists we often get so mired in the battles that are right before us– so much so that we can lose track of what we are fighting for. Pause for a second and consider this: What is your vision for the world as it should be?
“The world is before you…you need not take it or leave it as it was when you came in.” – James Baldwin
Daily Dish: Voices on VISION
Day 7: POWER
We end our week long journey together with power. We follow the call of Martin Luther King, Jr. to build a collective power that is not “sentimental and anemic” but one that is ”love implementing the demands of justice” and one that corrects “everything that stands against love.”
Reflect on POWER:
What became clear for you this week? What are you discerning should be your contribution to the movement and the nation at this present moment? Think about. Internalize it. Now go do it!