As kids, we were obliged to give up "pop" for Lent. Adhering to the letter rather than the spirit of the law, I'd belly up to the soda fountain at Watts' drugstore and order a vanilla phosphate every chance I got. I rationalized the blend of flavored corn syrup and soda water was most definitely not pop because it wasn't in a container with a top to pop. While I convinced myself I was fulfilling a religious commitment, I experienced little in the way of spiritual preparation.
Unity focuses on the spiritual rather than the religious: "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.