Today is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the season of Lent. The forty (technically 46) days of Lent are supposed to symbolize the forty days Jesus spent fasting in the desert.
Those who celebrate Lent often give up something in their lives that brings them pleasure – extra helpings of meals, chocolate, coffee, smoking, alcohol, or perhaps even TV, social networking, or music.
Even if you aren’t religious and don’t celebrate Lent, just think about spending 40 days alone in the desert. One of the most striking things about that image is the silence. There’s nobody to talk to. No music, no radio, no TV, no iPods, no cell phones, no computers, no cars.
Many are afraid of silence, especially when so many different noises fill our days. Spending just a few minutes alone in silence every day is good for us – it gives us a break from all that sound. You don’t need 40 days of silence – just a few moments here and there to readjust our thoughts and feel calm so we can focus for the rest of the day. 🙂