Embarking on a 42-Day Journey with The Abounding River
The other day I wrote a review of the fantastic movie MAY I BE FRANK.
This film documents Frank Ferrante, a gregarious 290-pound Brooklyn man, and his 42-day journey of organic food, gratitude and holistic healing. Needless to say, he undergoes an incredible life transformation. (If you haven’t seen MAY I BE FRANK, I strongly suggest it.)
In the movie, he is instructed by his coaches to use a workbook called The Abounding River written by Matthew and Terces Engelhart. The Engelharts are the amazing founders of Café Gratitude, the most unique organic restaurant in the country, which also serves as the backdrop for the film.
The essence of Café Gratitude is all about living in abundance. And that is exactly what this workbook is about – a practice of being in abundance.
Feeling inspired by the movie and looking for a spark in my life, I decided to order the personal logbook and see what kind of impact it would have on me.
Well, the book arrived yesterday, and I now understand why Frank Ferrrante completed a 42-day journey, instead of one that lasted 30 or 60 days. The workbook has a daily practice for 42 days. (Why 42? I am not 100% sure just yet but this number must have some significance. I doubt that it is a random number.)
On the back cover, the Engelharts describe their work as the following:
This book is our practice in being abundance. We invite you to be a part of what is possible when we keep our attention on all that we have already been given. This is access to awakening from the scarcity dream we have inherited. In this book you practice being someone who:
1) Loves your life.
2) Adores yourself.
3) Accepts the world.
4) Is generous and grateful everyday.
5) Experience being provided for.
Undertaking a very structured practice of abundance for 42-days is not something I have done before, and I am eager to see how it will my change my life.
In six weeks, I will report back to you what I have noticed and how things are different. I am really, really excited to get started.
Interested in going on this 42-day journey as well? The Abounding River can be purchased online.