so it begins

Today is Ash Wednesday and the beginning of my annual “spiritual cleanse.”  This year I’ll be reading a book by Lauren Winner: Mudhouse Sabbath.  I don’t really know anything about it, so fortunately, I don’t have any preconceived notions.  As previously mentioned in this space, I find it interesting that for the last 3+ weekends I have been purging and purging all the extra *stuff* in the apartment.  (Plus some serious organizing.)  It wasn’t until Monday when I realized that I have also just done a major overhaul of our finances and we’ve made a few big decisions, financially speaking.  And all of this has finally come to rest — pointedly on the week of the beginning of Lent.  It’s as if I was preparing for something without even knowing it.  Since my physical house and financial house are now in order, it only makes sense to have my personal body/mind go through a similar process.

This year I’m not going to set myself up for failure and set a goal of going vegan or something so extreme, but rather I will continue with my regular Lenten vow (no milk) and I want to try to incorporate other things too… but without a rigid set of rules.  I just want to be open, clear, focused, and present for the next 46 days.  We’ll just have to see what comes…

[my other Lenten book review]

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