In the Catholic parochial school days of my childhood, Lent meant giving up something, like chocolate or candy or dessert or watching television. It seemed more of a nuisance, and not really connected to anything spiritual. And many years later, along comes the most gorgeous eye-candy priest walking down the aisle, with sandals and flowing robes and a voice and stories and presence that touched my heart and soul. That year, instead of ‘giving up’ something, I added something to feed my spirit. That year I added a mid-week afternoon church visit to my schedule. It was uncanny how the message always seemed to be just for me. Years later, my Lenten soul journey took me to choosing a vegetarian lifestyle. It had been happening for awhile. And for me, it was the honoring and aligning with my compassionate heart and soul for animals, to first do no harm to another living creature if I could help it. It felt good and still does.
The season that Catholics call Lent and others just know as the quiet time of year between the winter and the spring, is a time of reflection, going within, and maybe testing out the actions of stepping into our spiritual authenticity…whatever that is for each of us. This is soul time, preparing for renewal of ourselves.
There are catalysts that propel us, life events that are defining moments and change us. We don't seek them out; they find us. They can be whispers, visions, or roars of awakening. Others around us will be oblivious....and we will be profoundly, directly, and specifically touched...and compelled to act or change or be taken in a whole new direction. From cocoon to butterfly, acorn to oak. Transformations of a lifetime...becoming much more of who we really are. Exciting and amazing stuff!
Hugs and courage, love, light, and blessing. - Anne