During the past 40 days I worked little on my catholic transformation, yet it was still pressing in my life. Each Friday I worked around not eating meat, which was very hard for me. Our family eats meat at nearly every meal. We are active and on the move and really work to balance our plates with protein. But in honor of my faith I made the sacrifice. Small but leaving a mighty impact. This 40 day observance allowed me to slow down and observe how I consume. And where I can afford to sacrifce more in order to eat healthier and live a better life through my diet.
As I was perusing around this last week. Wondering about what to write about this weekend. I came to the conclusion to simply pause and breathe. To stress less on the content but rather enjoy the time with my family to remember what commitment through sacrifice really means. Each week I conditioned myself with heavy heart raising yoga on Sunday. I even managed to fast a meal on Good Friday.
In all my perusing, I did find a really beautiful interpretation of Lent's 40 day practice's true purpose. The Washington Post's writer James Martin wrote an article about "Five Myths about Easter". Within one of them, it speaks on the purpose of lent concluded as so:
But overall, Lent is about spiritual preparation; sacrifice is simply a means to that end. Often I ask people not, “What are you giving up for Lent?” But, “What are you doing for Lent?” Are you being kind? Loving? Forgiving? These activities, which move us beyond sacrifice, prepare believers to welcome Christ into their lives in a new way. That’s why one of the phrases in the Lenten prayers in the Mass speaks about the “joy” of Lent.
During the Time of Lent, I also picked up a second 40 day practice. I was driven and compelled to start working with a coach in trying to change the emotional journey of my life. Outside of my day job, I have this fun adventure Yogi Inspired Inc,. This project calls me daily and I feel empowered and for the first time in a long time am having a lot of fun in my work. But I am also feeling drained where I am at in my day job. Sort of as if I've truly balanced myself there and almost beginning to out grow my place there. The purpose of the second 40 day practice is all about self love and my own soul & energy's journey. It's pretty radical, and morphing out some seriously postitive changes from my thoughts. Which if you care to know me at all, you should know - my life mantra is : What you think you create. So dream big dreams or die trying. Live in joy and believe in yourself eternally.
Which is why I find the Washington post writer Martin's conclusion so fascinating and aligning for where I'm at right now. Just this morning I was reflecting on a painful memory where I called out something about evolution I learned in school about how we were created. And my thought was completely questioned, shut down, and terminated by the room. My brain felt foggy, and I can still remember to this day being so confused. Now looking back so many years later ( so odd how life's memories flood us at random times!), I called out my response: Couldn't there be another way? Do we have to be so close minded to only have one way things could be? It oddly felt reassuring. My thoughts continued, is there no way to live fully in love?
Easter, and lent, and 40 day practices remind us that we are created from forces so much greater than we can imagine. Forces that we have to only trust have our deepest desires rooted in our path's existence in it's field. When we slow down, take more time for oursleves - maybe even meditate. We give more time for our subconsious and inner intelligences to scream out their truth. So that we can be guided by what the greater forces have put us here on this earth as a human, to accomplish.
I chose to slow down and even expand my knowledge of Easter and sacrifice this weekend. Even sacrifice of what our image could be sometimes is more needed than the safety we crave around us of no fear or outside judgement. I realized even that Easter Monday takes place in Canada. Which I presume is a holiday that they just let roll over so people can be with their families after a time of transformation and perhaps enlightenment. Who knows the reasons, these are merely my predictions of it's purpose. But also, today many friends of mine are celebrating passover.
So, who says Easter has to be just one day? Who says we can't begin to celebrate rebirth, joy, self reflection, transformation and growth for multiple days. Or maybe even every day. Choose to go out into the world as your best self more often and see what responsiblities find you. Maybe even ones more creative than you thought possible can come your way. Rerouting you to a life of self love, forgiveness, and change.
Your Fearless Creator
Thanks for your patience this weekend!