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Lent

I've had the roughest year ever, and part of that roughness was the loss of my spiritual home. Both of them, really, if you count church and mom – and maybe I should. I've been slowly but surely getting back on track. However, I think it's time to take advantage of that 'wherever two or more gather' energy and get back on my spiritual track right now.

I've really only celebrated Lent once before, and that was years ago. (I 'gave up' cussing.) Mostly this round, I want to focus on my inner healing, like I imagine Jesus did during his forty day fast. I'm kind of a metaphysical Christian. I don't necessarily think Jesus was 'tempted by Satan'. I think everyone has their demons, and he faced his and overcame them and became a vehicle for the Christ spirit. So I want to face mine and overcome them, and hopefully get more aligned with the Christ spirit.

An interesting thing about Lent that I only learned last year, or perhaps it was the year before, was that the Sundays during Lent don't actually count. They're feast days. This awareness may help me stick with my own program for forty days, knowing that you're actually supposed to have a day of respite and celebration each week.

As part of my fitfriends community, I've been making goals to focus on each week and have slowly been integrating more healthy habits into my life. One of the things I've been doing is logging my food intake, and I'm trying to learn about healthier diets and make changes that I and my family can stick with. My Lent project will overlap this a bit, and I'm going to be focusing on both physical and spiritual changes.

Here are my Lenten goals:

1. Wean myself from coffee/caffeine in preparation for fasting
2. Start baking more healthy desserts to replace Little Debbie addiction
3. Eat more immune-boosting foods
4. Increase my water intake
5. Practice portion control
6. Fast Easter weekend

7. Do a Reiki self-healing every day
8. Stretch daily
9. Meditate for at least 5 minutes daily
10. Meditate with the sunrise & with the moon at least once a week
11. Perform a healing for someone else, or for Gaia, daily
12. Study and honor Jesus daily

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edith_jones
Feb. 25th, 2009 11:29 pm (UTC)
I wish you a healing spiritual journey through Lent, and sincerely hope that you are able to find some of the self-awareness that you are wishing for.

When I was in grad school a friend of ours who was quite devoutly religious gave up caffeine, liquor, and chocolate for Lent. Within two weeks he became absolutely unbearable to be around. So his friends, me included, decided to give something up for Lent as well - him! He came to his senses and started drinking a morning coffee again when he realized that his behaviour was scaring people off, but he stayed off the liquor and the chocolate perfectly!
ahavah
Feb. 25th, 2009 11:44 pm (UTC)
Thanks so much!

See, to me, I think Lent is about more than just giving something up. I would love to be able to 'give up' coffee, but I've had debilitating withdrawal enough to know my own stress levels couldn't handle that right now, let along my poor family too! I don't want to do anything that's going to make things more difficult. It's my hope that I can just keep striving for improvement, and stick with it.
elfinecstasy
Feb. 25th, 2009 11:51 pm (UTC)
Have a beautiful and healing Lent. And you're right... it's not about "giving something up" so much as growing and deepening and improving. Good luck HUG
ahavah
Feb. 26th, 2009 12:08 am (UTC)
Thank you so very much!
lilmissmagic71
Feb. 26th, 2009 12:53 am (UTC)
I see you coming out on the other side of Lent with much peace from this... sounds lovely. GO YOU!
ahavah
Feb. 26th, 2009 01:00 am (UTC)
I hope so! Thank you. :D
badgerbear
Feb. 26th, 2009 02:57 pm (UTC)
Wow, I had no idea that Lent included a feast-day and celebration time each week. That's so much more happy, and gives a nice chance for reflection on your progress and rejoicing in attaining a goal. I would have done it more back when my family was practicing as I was growing up.

I agree with your sense that Lent isn't about giving things up necessarily, but more a time of contemplation and a launching point for a true transformation from within. May you have a lovely peace as you heal and grow this Lent, and know that we are all here cheering for you!

*HUG*
ahavah
Feb. 26th, 2009 06:39 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much! Yeah, I'm surprised that so many people celebrate this occasion, but so few understand it fully. There are actually 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter (I'm not sure how Leap Years are handled, though), but the Sundays aren't technically "Lent".

I love your way of putting it. You're much more eloquent than I. I'm definitely hoping for "a time of contemplation and a launching point for a true transformation from within." I just hope I can stick with it!
badgerbear
Feb. 26th, 2009 07:58 pm (UTC)
Eh, that was just my pretty way of saying, it's pointless to give something up to punish yourself or atone for sins. *blushes* Thank you for the compliment! If you do it without wanting to for your own benefit or joy, it remains only a 46 day event, and then given up quickly in relief at the end. If the opportunity is taken to do something beautiful for yourself and has added celebration days, then it is just a great starting point to begin with authentic growth.
franciscan
Feb. 27th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Good goals!!

And I really think you are on the right track about Jesus.

Blessings
ahavah
Feb. 27th, 2009 03:01 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much - for all of it!
deadlybuzz
Feb. 27th, 2009 03:33 pm (UTC)
All the best with it.

I've made a commitment to lift weights every day and try stay off the beer mid-week. So far. So good.
ahavah
Feb. 27th, 2009 03:41 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Yours are very good goals. I should consider that. I bet saving margaritas for the weekend would help out my other goals.
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