Lent, beginning with Shrove Tuesday, can be a time for increasing attention to reflection and prayer; an opportunity to 'practice what we preach' in kindness and care.
Daily Meditation for Lent
Begin by sitting with a straight back on a cushion on the floor, or on a chair. If outdoors sit in a quiet place in nature such as the river in Oklahoma in the illustration. If you wish, light a candle, burn some incense; if outdoors sit around a campfire.
Close your eyes or let them half shut and rest. Clasp your hands in your lap or lay them palms up on your legs.
Begin even and regular breathing such as this: Breathe in for 2 counts; breathe out for 2 counts; breathe in for 2 counts; continue this pattern.
Following a few rounds of even breathing, spend at least 5 minutes thinking what the message of Lent means to you. What can you do for self-improvement these weeks before Easter? What ways can you show more kindness and care?
After a few minutes turn your attention back to even, gentle breathing. Listen to the sound of your breaths. Think about the strength and renewal the 'unseen' oxygen gives your body; reflect on the 'unseen' spirit of caring love underlying your life.
To conclude your meditation, think of at least one person with appreciation and kindness. Take a deep breath, stretch out - relaxed, renewed.
Daily Prayer for Lent
Lord, may I always remember
To be kind and care.
And ever watchful
For opportunities to share.
Reflecting good with all my might
Inspired by Your holy light!
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Meditation, recipe, and photo of meditation in nature by Susan Helene Kramer
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