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Ash Wednesday
Lenten 2015 Reflection #2

HOW SHALL I FAST




"This season I am being invited to fast from things
like wanting to be in control, and instead to yield
 to a Wisdom greater than my own.

I am called to fast from always trying to hold it all together,
and instead to embrace the profound grace that comes
through my vulnerability and tenderness.

I am called to fast from anxiety 
that rises up in my mind paralyzing me with fear of the future,
and instead to enter into the radical trust
in the abundance at the heart of all things.

I am called to fast from speed and from rushing through my life,
causing me to miss the grace shimmering in sacred pauses.

I am called to fast from multi-tasking
and the destructive energy of inattentiveness,
and instead  to practice beholding consciously
each moment, each thing, each person.

I am called to fast from too many deadlines,
in order to enter into the quiet and listen
for what is ripening and unfolding and waiting to be born in me.

I am called to fast from certainty
in order to trust in the greater mystery in all things.

And then perhaps, I will arrive at Easter
and realize those things from which I have fasted
I no longer need to take up again.
Perhaps then, I will experience a different kind of rising.”

By Christine Valters Paintner, Letting go during Lent, used with permission.

– Prepared by Presentation Sisters Retreat Team, Virginia Water


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