Balance: Mindfulness and Lent in Practice

At it's core, mindfulness exercises are meant to help you center yourself in the present moment. It's used in stress reduction therapy as well as Cognitive Behavioral therapy. Maybe I should mention that I see meditation and mindfulness as a type of prayer.

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Lent is Not a Hunger Strike

because Lent always sounded so desperate. A "holy" tradition which involved marking my face with ashes and giving up things I enjoy. When I heard people talking about lent, it was a conversation about going without, and sometimes, discussions about Lent began to sound like hunger strike

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