It’s Lenten season and those who consider themselves more spiritual than religious often find themselves in a dilemma about fasting. Here is a more spiritual approach, which we shared last year but believe is timeless and a great reminder. Plus a new addition: visit this link to download a special Feast or Fast Flow Chart. (http://www.yourspiritualpractice.com/spiritual-prac/fast-or-feast-tip-sheet/ )
There are two ways to get to the top of an oak tree. You can climb it, or you can sit on an acorn! Both are perfectly viable ways, although one takes the patience of Job. There are also two ways to move through the Lenten Season: fasting and feasting. Both are legitimate expressions of spiritual growth. As a matter of fact, from a spiritual perspective, both are necessary.
Ash Wednesday is traditionally the first day of Lent. And traditionally during Lent, we are asked to give up things like chocolate, ice cream, soft drinks, high fat foods, doughnuts, potato chips, and so on. The phrase “deny yourself” is equated with “deprive yourself of pleasure.” And the focus is generally giving up certain types of foods even some luxuries like eating out in restaurants, reducing TV time, turning off house lights and using candles, and so on, throughout the Lenten…
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