Deprivation is NOT the Point!

By Rev. Kurt Condra  
 
Contrary to what most of us learned as kids, Lent is not about giving up some indulgence or luxury so we can better understand suffering, or better appreciate our blessings. While such abstinence can have great health benefits (I'm limiting screen time on social media this year), a true Lenten practice has a greater purpose. 
 
Spiritually speaking, the deeper meaning of these 40+ days before Easter are about preparing our hearts and minds for a fuller realization of our divinity. "To observe Lent according to the spirit rather than the letter," writes Georgiana Tree West in the preface to the classic Unity book, Keep a True Lent, "we must fast from criticism and condemnation and feast in brotherly love; fast from false beliefs in sickness and weakness and feast on the truth of God's omnipresent, perfect life; fast from false beliefs in lack and limitation and feast on the truth of God's bountiful good will."
 
Whether you choose to formally observe Lent this year or not, I encourage you to be open to its spiritual intent. As you establish a discipline for dismissing fearful, lack-based thoughts and affirm the limitless power of God's infinite good, you free spirit's creative energy to express more fully in your life and in the world.