Today is Ash Wednesday as you may already know. I'm not Catholic, but my Presbyterian Church has always had an Ash Wednesday service which I have often attended. Lent is the 40 days before Easter, not counting Sundays. I didn't grow up Presbyterian or Catholic so some of these religious traditions were curious and new to me in adult life. Over the years whether I attend the AW service or not I have found the practice of either denying myself something or even taking up something for that 40 day period very enriching to my life. I get to learn how ridiculously habituated I have become to some product or practice. It is quite empowering to realize that with a defined focus period of just 40 days I can commit myself to one new practice. I know, I know, the curiosity is killing you. What have I decided this year? Am I giving up something I love or taking on something new? Drum roll, please ..................
Ta da! I am adding exercise, yes, real exercise back into my daily life!
*One final note since it is Lent. Yes, I will be spending some meditative time during my exercise for prayers of confession and repentance - doing some spiritual “house cleaning.”
Here is an interesting link on Lent 2012 from a source I don't usually recommend - seems they will keep this up through Lent.