Yesterday marked Ash Wednesday. The first of forty days of Lent. While Lent is a period of devotion for Catholic Christians there’s a spiritual theme that is applicable to any religion or faith. The spirituality of Lent is one of introspection, self reflection, turning within, meeting the ego, and stripping away the parts of ourselves that no longer serve us to get closer to our creator God.
The Lenten period commemorates the time when Jesus fasted in the desert for forty days. Catholic Christians around the world are now conducting their own type of fast. A scroll down Facebook reveals many declarations of what people are “giving up” for Lent. Popular giveaways: sugar, chocolate, coffee, drinking, and even Facebook.
Turn away from the Ego during Lent and get closer to your True Self.
Pope Francis states that Lent is a time to turn to God. To slow down and “give up” all the things that keep us busy and separate from a spiritual life. Surely we can all pay attention to this message. How often are we going non stop! Working an extra hour at the job to get a promotion, driving the kids around, scrolling down Instagram for a few more minutes. All of these actions can be distraction from taking time to pray and connect with our spiritual selves. For Pope Francis’ remarks at the start of this year’s Lent, this is a wonderful read.
The Lenten period is asking us to turn away from busy and to trust. To quiet our constantly thinking minds and pray or meditate. To turn away from feelings of jealousy, of hate, of resentment. What feelings, thoughts and old stories can you “give up” this Lent?
Choose peace. Choose Joy. Choose Love.
Perhaps you can commit to getting closer to your true self, to turn away from your ego mind over the next 40 days and listen to the inner voice of love. Choose love. Choose peace. Connect to the universe and to creation. Recognize your connection to every living thing and those that came before you.
May you have a beautiful Lenten season of self reflection, peace, and joy. If you’d like to join us in meditation and honoring of the beginning of the spring season, we’d love to see you at our Ostara Celebration on March 20th. It’s free!