Monday, 17 April 2017

Lent over the last two years...

 For 40 days and 40 nights Jesus went into the wilderness, he ate nothing and faced the temptations of the devil.  Usually Lent for a lot of people goes the same way as New Year resolutions.  In fact for me this has at times been the case.  Looking at this none biblical tradition, (nowhere in the bible does it say we should keep Lent.) what can it offer, how can Lent as a practice enhance our spiritual life and bring us into a closer union with the Most Ancient of Days?

At heart the Lenton practice is one of discipline, it is the abstaining and in doing so symbolically recreating the temptation that Jesus faced.  This is a practice that can be light hearted, being nothing more than a half hearted attempt to boost the diet.  For me this year I have been looking at how I can make this into a practice that challenges and calls upon my devotion to the spiritual life in a stronger, intense way.

Firstly, it is relatively easy to give up something for a short while, knowing you will get to eat it again, so for this Lent I am giving up everything I enjoy eating no alcohol, naughty treat, puddings.  My food for the next forty days has to be basic, healthy. Sunday traditionally being a feast day is actually not included in the fast normally, but for me it will be, the only exception being a small glass of red wine, symbolic of the life blood of the child of the light.

Secondly I am going to set up a daily practice of prayer and meditation.  Starting the day with the relative prayer of the seven orisons, period of silent meditation and selected prayers and reading.  Midday will be for Prayer and a time of silent meditation evenings will be put aside for study of relevant spiritual sources, prayer and meditation.  I will be rising at 7am each day. A period of one hour will be given over to walking each day with reflective prayer and meditation on route.

Each Sunday I will follow the communion given in Celtic Daily Prayer as well as attending my church.

The aim of this is to instill a daily rythm and to discipline both body and mind to build strength of will and purpose.

The idea of a forty day fast, with spiritual practice and devotion lays the foundation for a process of growth and initiation. The word Lent is a derivative of the Anglo-Saxon word lencten meaning Spring, or lengthening of days. In this early birth of the year I seek to cleanse myself and recieve the blessings of the Awen, the Divine Spirit.

The final preperation will be prayer on the Eve of Lent, asking for the blessings of the Great Mother/ Father to protect my path and strengthen my spirit at this time.

You may be you choose to follow the same idea, or you may have your own ideas. Either way the next period of time is a great one to connect with the returning light, the new birth of Spring, to live with awareness/ consciousness of the day to day blessings we gather when we seek to live a life with Spirit.

May the blessings of the Most Ancient One be with you.


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