Lent of Letting Go: The Plan

Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, or about your body, what you will wear.  Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?  Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are you not of more value than they?  And can any of you by worrying add a single hour to your span of life?  And why do you worry about clothing?  Consider the lillies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not clothed like one of these.  But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which is alive today and tomorow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you–you of little faith?  Therefore, do not worry, saying ‘What will we eat?’ or ‘What will we drink?’ or ‘What will we wear?’  For it is the Gentiles who strive for all these things; and indeed your heavenly Father knows that you need all of these things.  But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.    

So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own.  Today’s trouble is enough for today. — Matthew 6:25-34

Today is the first day of Lent:  Ash Wednesday.  As promised in my last post, I will outline my plan for my personal Lenten journey.

Reduce personal consumption:  

I have borrowed some of the following language with due respect and gratitude from the blog Evolution to Simplicity:

  • I will not buy any new items throughout Lent.
  • I will carefully evalutate purchases of used items, health and hygeine products, and groceries before buying.
  • I will only buy items that I need.

Reduce number of my personal possessions

  • I will eliminate all unused and unloved possessions by vowing to donate, freecycle, or throw out 42 items a week.

Increase my mindful release of negative emotions such as fear, worry and anxieties

  • I will meditate at least 20 minutes each day on the abundance in my life and on my gratitude for God’s daily blessings.  I will use a mindfulness bell five times a day to continue to remind myself that I can make a choice to surrender myself to God in total trust and faith.
  • I will learn more about letting go of undue attachments in my life by using this blog to share the wisdom of great writers and thinkers on this topic.  I vow to post at least three new entries a week.

I welcome others to join me on this Lenten journey.

Next post:  Friday, February 27.