Lent is almost upon us.

March 6th is Ash Wednesday and from then on there is the forty days of Lent where many Christians engage in a period of penitence marked by fasting and abstinence.

In some churches there are rules regarding how they approach this. Many catholics will fast by restricting themselves to just one regular meal a day and two smaller ones. They will abstain from eating meat (eating fish instead) on Fridays and Holy Days.

But these dietary restrictions, whilst probably very good for the figure, don’t necessarily reach deep enough into us.

The other day I discovered these simple exercises that I thought might make a real difference. I am going to try them and see if I can get into better spiritual shape ~ even if my weight doesn‘t change.

Fast from hurting words and say kind words.

Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude.

Fast from anger and be filled with patience.

Fast from pessimism be filled with love.

Fast from worries and have trust in God.

Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity.

Fast from pressure and be prayerful.

Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy.

Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others.

Fast from grudges and be reconciled.

Fast from words and be silent as you listen.

You could try too.