‘Soul Care’ Discovery: Lent began last Wednesday, March 1st. Although observing the Lenten season wasn’t emphasized in my faith tradition, I’ve found the observance to be extremely meaningful. During this year when I’ve committed to paying particular attention to the matter of ‘soul care,’ Lent seems a good time to focus on tending more intentionally to my soul.
During this season—Ash Wednesday to Easter Sunday…
I will care for my soul by:
- “throwing off” some things that I have a hunch are hindering my soul’s well being
- “adding to” my faith in increasing measure: goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, affection, and love.
‘Soul Care’ Practice:
Ruth Haley Barton is a writer whose book Sacred Rhythms and periodic eReflections have challenged me to pay closer attention to my soul’s interior life. About Lent, she says,
“It is the doorway into a space in time that calls us to stop whatever we are doing, no matter how important it might be, and enter more intentionally into the disciplines of prayer, self-examination and repentance…I have learned that as we give ourselves to these (sometimes) strange rhythms they guide us into a way of seeing and being in our lives that we might not otherwise choose or even know how to choose.”
During this season of Lent, I plan to focus on a couple areas in order to “throw off” and “add to.”
The first relates to adjusting my sleep schedule. Even though my Fitbit assures me I’m getting enough sleep, I know I’ve formed a habit of going to bed too late, which makes it more difficult to get up early. Experience has shown me early morning is the optimum time for me to focus on soul-nourishing spiritual disciplines.
Secondly, during Lent, I will avoid adding any new responsibilities or projects to my already busy schedule. Although I’ve made significant progress in this area, I still have a tendency to take on too much, which can mire me down in doing what’s ‘good’ and prevents me from doing what’s ‘best.’
What about you? I would truly like to hear about any experience you’ve had with Lent in a way that changed you “somewhere deep inside where it matters.”
Blessings on your journey of caring for your soul during this holy season…
- See Hebrews 12:1 ↑
- See 2 Peter 1:5-7 ↑
- Ruth Haley Barton <email@example.com> ↑
- Ruth Haley Barton eReflection, 2/28/2017, “Preparing for a Holy Lent” ↑