How am I to enter into Lent? How to "change the direction in which I am looking for happiness."? What shall I give up and of what shall I partake as food for the journey to resurrected life?
Possible small acts of renunciation -fasting from news -fasting from the television -fasting from food, sweets, alcohol -fasting from negative commentary of some sort -countless ways of fasting; each of us has our own variety
Then, we are invited to uncritically observe the impacts on self: -the discomfort -the freed-up time -the freed-up money -What is being revealed? Is a kind of purification taking place, a cleansing of self-will, of habitual, mechanical, self-calming behaviors? Is there a wakefulness arising?
Possible acts created by these spaces -reading Scripture -listening to sacred music -walks in nature -lengthening our prayer times -reading a special book, maybe one we're not likely to read -creations of beauty -or, maybe it's simply redefining the contours of our daily existence and infusing them with a renewed intentionality: "I will do this yard work, this ironing, this chauffeuring, this attendance at a meeting and re-orient it with an attentiveness and consciousness born of spaciousness, rather than hurriedness."