Today I wanted to share with you the three events listed on my calendar for tomorrow. The first is Ash Wednesday.
I never really heard of Ash Wednesday until I was an adult. Our family was brought up in the Pentecostal tradition which is quite possibly the furthest in contrast to the Roman Catholic church. (Yes, I’m now aware that other denominations practice Ash Wednesday as well.)
My husband is Catholic and the Lent season has been part of our lives since we met. One thing that has always fascinated me about the Catholic church are the rituals. Let’s backtrack a bit and answer the question: What is Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday comes forty days before Easter and represents the time Christ spent in the Wilderness tempted by Satan in the Bible. Today it is used as a time to reflect, repent, and ultimately celebrate. Often people who practice Lent will fast on certain days, add more prayer to their routines, and then there’s the big decision of what to ‘sacrifice’. This is where I feel many folks look at it wrong. I believe Lent can better serve us by ‘sacrificing’ a bad habit or, better yet, add a good habit into your life.
Suggestions for Lent
- Drink 70 – 90 ounces of water a day. After all, if your body is a temple, it would do you good to keep it functioning in tip-top shape.
- Along those same lines, you can change eating habits that aren’t good for your body. Do you drink more alcohol or caffeine than you’d like to? Now might be a good time to revisit those health goals.
- Give yourself an extra 30 minutes each day to meditate or pray. Remember the saying, “If prayer is talking to God, Meditation is listening.”
- My last suggestion brings me to the second event on my calendar…
Februrary 17th is Random Act of Kindness Day. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could extend our acts of kindness for the whole duration of Lent and even beyond! Imagine all the smiles and good vibrations that are perpetuated by buying an extra coffee to give to a co-worker, bringing in the neighbors trash cans, ordering a lunch or flower delivery for someone who feels lonely. The possibilities are endless.
An act of kindness can turn someone’s whole day around and more. Knowing you have the power to make someone feel joy is an amazing superpower.Annette Williams McCann
The third event on my calendar has us looking to the skies. This is the first of three times in 2021 when Saturn will square Uranus in astrology. Saturn is all about structure and has an authoritative vibe. Uranus is all about innovation and new ideas. You can start to see where I’m going here, can’t you?
This means that the “old guard” will be facing off against the “new guard”. Ultimately, this is a crucial thing for moving forward and evolving in many areas, but in order to build, things need to breakdown first. This round is more about your inner work and beliefs. So if you decide to practice Lent, it would make sense to chose something that helps you grow within your own spiritual journey. Most importantly, give yourself space to witness the things around you and take time to breath tomorrow. Be gentle with yourself and others.
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