Give up and Add in
That’s what I want to do for Lent this year – give something up and add something in. Every year, I give something up, but in the spirit of this new life I’m building, I want to add something in, too.
For those who don’t know about or practice it, Lent is a Christian season remembering Jesus’ time spent in the desert facing temptation and preparing Christians for the celebration of Holy Week and Christ’s resurrection. It’s practiced VERY differently across sects, families and individuals. For many devout Christians, it’s an intense period of fasting, prayer and churchgoing. For others, it is marked more secularly. It is typically marked by some level of fasting – for the very devout, complete fasting during the day; for the more secular or differently faithful, something will be given up for the Lenten period as a stand-in for fasting.
I’ve written before about my faith, and most people would call me a C&E (Christmas and Easter) Christian, a cafeteria Christian (taking what fits and leaving the rest), or just a plain-old non-churchgoing Christian. I just say that the big guy and I do it on our own, but I go in for twice-yearly checkups. 😀 I don’t go to church on Ash Wednesday or during Lent, but I do usually go for Easter service. I don’t fast, but I do give something up. Usually I get an idea pretty easily, a fair while before Lent starts.
But this year I’m stumped!
Lent starts in 5 days, with Ash Wednesday on February 6th. Then I have to 40days (plus Sundays) until Easter on March 23rd to stick with my giving up/adding in. Ideally, what I give up and add in shouldn’t be TERRIBLY hard (ie: I’m not giving up chocolate), but shouldn’t be a total cop-out either. It needs to be hard enough that I have to think about it and make a conscious effort; that is where the faith comes in – remembering why I am making a sacrifice, and all the faith and beliefs that connect to that at Lent.
I want to make an add-in to connect my One Little Word – TRY – to my faith, identity and new relationship with myself. I’m fairly certain that my “add-in” will be yoga. One of the larger studios in town is doing a workshop for beginners on Feb 16th, and then offers a good rate for unlimited classes afterwards. I could do the first 10 days at home with iTunes-downloaded yoga podcasts, and then the remaining days through them, going a certain number of times a week.
What I’m stuck on is what to “fast” on this year. Caffeine is doable, but I’ve done it SO many times that I don’t want to repeat this year; it would feel like a spiritual cop-out.
So I put it out to the internets to boss me around and make some suggestions. What should I give up for Lent?
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