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Motivation Monday 2/23/15

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Lent 2015

Mormons don’t participate in Lent as a religion, but I feel that as part of my spiritual journey I will take part in it this year. I have been researching it to make sure that I do it correctly and respectively.

Lent is a time when many Christians prepare for Easter by observing a period of fasting, repentance, moderation and spiritual discipline. The purpose is to set aside time for reflection on Jesus Christ – his suffering and his sacrifice, his life, death, burial and resurrection.

During Lent, people give up certain luxuries as a form of penitence and replace them with more spiritual disciplines that draw them closer to God (prayer, scripture, etc.).

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday (or Clean Monday for some Catholics) and ends on Easter Sunday. There are 6 Sundays of fasting and also a few feast days. Here is a timeline I found of the days of Lent:

  • First Sunday of Lent (Sunday, February 22, 2015)
  • Second Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 1, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Patrick (Tuesday, March 17, 2015)
  • Feast of Saint Joseph (Thursday, March 19, 2015)
  • Third Sunday of Lent (Sunday, March 8, 2015)
  • Fifth Sunday of Lent (Passion Sunday) (Sunday, March 22, 2015)
  • Easter (Sunday, April 5, 2015)

 

Things I am GIVING UP for Lent:

I was going to give up the internet completely, but I’m working on getting my Etsy shop up and running so that’s not going to work. I had then decided to just cut out certain websites, but all the websites I go on are ones I need to advertise my shop on. In the end I just decided to give up these 3 things. I think that abstaining from these during Lent will definitely make an impact and help me reach my spiritual goals.:

  1. Netflix & Hulu-Completely (this one will be hard because this is mostly all I do at work).
  2. Sugar-I had planned on giving this up anyway, why not do it for Lent?
  3. Frivolous spending-I’m going to stick to a strict budget of only buying the necessities.

Things I will be ADDING for Lent:

  1. Scripture reading: At least 1 chapter a day.
  2. Prayer: Twice daily (Right now it’s only been once).
  3. Meditation: Once a day.
  4. Journal: Once a day.
  5. Reading: One good/positive book a week (as an avid reader this is a doable goal. Especially if I’m cutting internet).
  6. Water: Eight glasses a day.

Also, Lent begins on a New Moon which I think is perfect for new beginnings.

What are you giving up for Lent?

Throwback Thorsday

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Chillaxin with my neon green shades.

[The smudge on my chin is just a smudge on the photo when I scanned it.]

Madison’s Pensieve

This morning I woke up around 5am and couldn’t go back to sleep even though I was still really exhausted. I haven’t been getting much sleep lately (what else is new) so I tried really hard to fall back to sleep. After tossing and turning for a couple of hours I finally decided to get up. Though I was physically exhausted, my mind was wide awake. Something that often happens to me. This time I decided I’d start one of my other new year’s goals I have: writing in my journal.

It wasn’t my typical entry of catching up because I had gone too long since last writing (this time it has been about 19 months). Those entries are never helpful in my racing mind, no sleep situations. I just wrote down the highlights of the past year and half and said I’d come back to them. I then wrote down my current thoughts that were on my mind. I wrote for exactly an hour. I wrote truthfully too. Usually I just write hinting at certain things for fear someone might find my journal and read it. This time I wrote down everything on my mind. It was very therapeutic. It has also motivated me to keep up my journal habit it because I still have a lot more to get off my mind.

Pensieve

Every time I write in my journal I feel like Dumbledore pulling a memory from his mind and putting it into his pensieve. I just hope no one finds my pensieve later and decides to fall into and re-live my memories. Especially with what’s been on my mind lately.

Journal writing is very therapeutic. I don’t know why I don’t do it more often. I bet I’d get more sleep. My main reason is because I feel over whelmed about having to catch up after a long break. Well after today’s entry I definitely feel motivated to keep it up. Keeping up on it will make it less over whelming. Good job Madison. Yes I just had an epiphany and then congratulated myself on it.

I thought I’d share a picture of my journal:

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I modeled it after River Song’s Tardis journal. I was going to name it River after her (because I like to name things), but for some reason it just didn’t fit. Every time I write an entry, I automatically imagine myself writing to an old, wise woman. Like a grandmother figure. Not my grandma, but a nicer one. The grandmother I never had. That’s why I named my journal Mrs. Nesbit. Yes it’s after Toy Story, but I thought it would be a funny grandmother name. Every journal entry now starts with Dear Mrs. Nesbit. It’s nice because when I don’t really have something to write about (which is rare), I’ll just tell her about my day. Makes journal writing easier and more enjoyable.

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Well now that I’ve gotten a lot of mind for this morning, I think it’s time to go back to sleep.

What Dreams May Come…

Lately I’ve been keeping a dream journal. I started it as part of my spiritual journey. I write down the dreams as best as I can, writing mostly what I feel is of importance. I think look at different dream dictionaries and interpret what they might mean. Sometimes I also write my own interpretations of what I feel they might mean. My dreams have been really helpful lately on my path to finding my way.

Last night I had kind of a morbid dream. I don’t remember that much except that I was in a room with an old friend and all of a sudden the roof collapsed. Inside were parts of a dead body. Gross I know. I couldn’t go back to sleep after that. I did the interpretation using dreamhawk.com and it actually sounds positive. Here is the excerpt:

Body Dismembered

This suggests emotional or mental stress and breakdown. As difficult as this is to meet in actual life, it may be followed by emergence of a new self. The dream could also suggest that you are tearing yourself apart in facing a difficult situation, and this could be causing your present inner and outer life to fall apart. This may be the result of living a life that was not true to your own inner needs or the needs of the present. Sometimes habits of response to life that were generated in your past are so damaging they lead to this self destruction. The need is therefore to recognise them and let them go or transform them. It is worth remembering that feeling dismembered or torn to pieces by events is just that – a feeling. The feeling leads you to see life in that way – as a threat and not worth having. But such feelings can be moved beyond. 

The dream may depict parts of yourself that have been torn apart because you discarded them, have feelings of guilt about them, or you repressed or split off from them.

 

This definitely applies to me right now. I’ve made it my main goal this year to begin a spiritual journey and find the right path for me. So far that path has been to find my way back to Christianity by studying other religions and incorporating some of their beliefs into my daily practices. [Examples: meditation, crystal healing, chakra healing, reiki, etc.] It may not make sense to other people, but it makes sense to me. It’s my journey, not theirs. In adopting these new habits, I’m trying to purge myself of bad/harmful habits that damage my spirit. This dream to me represents me tearing myself away from those bad habits and forming these new ones that build my spirituality and bring me closer to God.

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