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The season of Lent begins in March on Ash Wednesday and extends all the way to April 20th. Easter is very late in arriving this year. A glorious "moveable" Holyday that is celebrated after the Spring Equinox, on the first Sunday after the first full moon.
Lent is a special time of reflection and preparation for the beauty and wonder of Spring. You may or may not accept the belief of the Resurrection, but at this time of year, the Earth is celebrating a resurrection, a joyous rebirth and revitalization. Already the sap is flowing through the slumbering trees, bulbs and sending out their first tiny shoots into the still snow covered ground, This waiting time, waiting for the earth to blossom and become reborn again is our time of Lent, of preparing.
Lenten spiritual practices are common, and Lent gives us an opportunity to begin the transformation process of ourselves. It takes a good three weeks to make any practice comfortable and a part of the daily routine. So now would be a good time to build a new spiritual discipline into your life, if you like. It does not have to be a hardship. Sometimes adding a small layer of spirituality into life brings huge benefits. In the olden days, Lent was a time of severe fasting and lengthy prayer, which has it's own rewards. Most of us are not prepared to delve that deeply into a monastic tradition at the moment. But modified fasting has great benefits, if, for example, you would like to lead a healthier lifestyle. Giving up pop for Lent. Or giving up candy. Or making a commitment to eat two different vegetables each day. By the time Lent is complete, the new changes are a regular part of the day, and no longer a hardship.
Perhaps adding a 10 minute yoga practice to your day, if that is something you might like to experiment with. Giving up "language" that may not be best expressing your peaceful soul.
Fasting from social media is another possibility (my niece gave up Facebook for Lent last year. She actually survived) Instead of watching an hour of television, read an enlightening book. Meditate. Commit to spending an extra bit of time with your parents or grandparents every week. Unlimited possibilities for spiritual growth and happiness.
It is important to give ourselves this time of renewal and inner growth. Our lives just seem to work better when we allow ourselves the blessing of inward reflection and awareness.
May this Lenten season bring you much joy and peacefulness.
And please know that you can email or call for additional tips and pointers on how to make this your best Lent ever.
Many Blessings to you.