Intentions are strengthened when you share them with others. Having promoted the idea of coming up with intentions/spiritual practices for the season of Lent, I hereby make my intentions public.
1) To be in a time of prayer first thing in the morning.
2) To become more mindful in my eating. I am a notoriously fast eater. I want to slow down my eating during the season of Lent and make it a time of prayer.
A) In connection with this intention, I want to remember and pray for the hungry of the world. I want to set aside money (especially the money I would spend on mindless eating) and give it to Heifer International.
3) I want to give up my mindless internet surfing, which usually consists on checking out sports scores and the like. I will only use the Internet when I have a purpose. I will find other ways to relax and unwind. (Perhaps banjo playing, which I haven’t done in the longest time.)
4) I will go for more walks for the sake of mind, body and soul.
5) I will drink more water in hopes of flushing out toxins.
There. Having put this things out there on my blog, I put more pressure on my will to keep them. I realize that it is a fairly ambitious list. I am, however, aware that I am entering this Lent with a greater motivation to truly engage the season than I can recall having within me before.
By an interesting coincidence, it was exactly two years ago today that I began my Spiritual Quest when I was on my Sabbatical, in which I spent four days and nights in the wilderness alone, fasting. I am re-reading my journal to remember that precious time.