I am occasionally asked, as a buddhist, why I observe Ash Wednesday and Lent. I was raised catholic and as a child, Lent was that annoying time where I’d have to give up chocolate or ice cream. I did not understand the deeper message until I was older.

As a buddhist, Lent has become a time of quiet contemplation. It is now a reminder of the impermanence of all things. There is beauty in impermanence. It allows us to better appreciate the moments, the present. It allows us to spark our awareness that all things pass away, that our moments are magical, our experience ripe with the whole spectrum of human emotion.

During lent I take time to pray and meditate each day with an intention of compassion for this planet. This year Pope Francis has appealed “to everyone, believers and nonbelievers alike” to make March 2, Ash Wednesday, “a day of prayer and fasting for peace.”

Will you join me in a day of fasting and hold the hope of peace & the end of suffering for so many on this tiny little planet we ALL call home?

Author: Kristen Simonds

Host of the Dandelion Doorways Podcast: focusing on mindful living, exploring practices such as meditation and Reiki, and how simple shifts in perspective can allow us to experience a deeper connection and more blissful life.

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