But this Lent I’m getting more specific. I’m following the six steps outlined by Abby Seixas, “Finding the Deep River Within,” and I’m starting off with three commitments:
I am going to be quiet for 20 minutes at the start of each day. This will include my prayer time, when I read the scripture of the day followed by inspiring quotes that help me to keep things in perspective. With any remaining time, I am going to journal … to write whatever comes into my mind … in a stream of conscious fashion.
I am going to take an hour for myself every week. To read more of Abby’s book, or one of the inspirational authors that I love (Henri Nouwen, Thomas Merton, St. Therese, Mother Teresa), or to just sit and do nothing … absolutely nothing for 60 minutes other than try to get centered.
I’m limiting all online activity (social networking and e-mailing) to afternoons (after 12 pm) on Monday through Saturday. I’m keeping holy the Sabbath. I love Facebook and other social networking sites, but they are becoming a big source of distraction that I don’t need right now, as I try to live against the current of information overload and overproduction.
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