The season of Lent is upon us.
In past years I have "given up" such things as sugar or alcohol. They make for an excellent initial step of self discipline but I have come to understand (at least for myself) that physical deprivation of things is not what I need to be working on in the season. It has varied over the years since I discovered this fact, ranging from behaviors I needed to give up to behaviors that I needed to adopt.
1) Media - I am completely shutting myself off from current events and really media of any kind. My interest - or angst - about current world events in no wise actually changes them. Instead, I need to fill the time with mediation or God's Word.
2) Social Media - I have already been experimenting with this more and more. For now, my goal is to cut down my FaceTome time to twice a week (yes, there are still some reasons to get on there - some of my social groups and activities only post on there at this point). Outside of a brief check of Instagram to see if Na Clann have posted anything, I will effectively be InterWeb silent.
I can always read or go practice more Iai.
3) Music - This one is kind o the most interesting of all to me- for Lent, I will abstain from anything other than Classical Music or Instrumental. Nothing particularly driving this other than just to see what, if any, impact it has on my moods and my life.
So, as I look at this, I see a theme of inner and outer silence. Surely there is a theme here somewhere.
Do you practice Lent? And if so, what do you do?