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Lent: Journeying thru the Hollows and Empty Spaces – Shawna R. B. Atteberry
Mar 312009
 

This has been a time of reflection for me. Normally by this time in Lent, I am just ready for Easter to get here and be done and over with it. But not this year. This year I am not minding staying in the self-examination of Lent. I’ve journeyed through this Lent with Jan Richardson’s Garden of Hollows: Entering the Mysteries of Lent and Easter. It’s been a journey of acknowledging my hollows, my empty spaces, and the wounds that need healing. A Year of Loss and New Beginnings came out of this reflection. I needed to write about what happened last year. I needed to tell my side of the story. It was necessary for that wound to heal.

I have lived with hollows of depression, fear, anxiety, weakness, and procrastination. And it’s been okay. I haven’t gotten lost in them. They aren’t big canyons that I can never crawl out of. They are hollows, but there is an ascending side as well as descending. I have experienced a great deal of peace this month. It’s okay to admit to my problems and weaknesses. It’s okay to live with them and just let them be. It has been a time of letting go. Letting go of the demons that drive me that shouldn’t.

Not that the demons have gone any where. But their voices are not as loud. I’m not procrastinating as much. Fear is not freezing me as often. I’m having more ideas, and I am writing more. I’m exploring. I’m going to be taking some risks. It feels good.

This last week of Lent will be spent quietly. I plan on continuing daily prayer and centering prayer, letting myself breath, and allowing my hollows just to be. I plan on writing and posting, cooking and laundry, community time and solitude. And I’ll see where me and my hollows are on Easter.

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  2 Responses to “Lent: Journeying thru the Hollows and Empty Spaces”

  1. This was really encouraging to read. It seems like you’ve been making some great positive changes over Lent. I definitely need to work on making prayer a more central part of my life in order to silence those unwanted voices.

  2. I have found prayer to be invaluable in silencing those inner voices, especially praying the parts of the Daily Office. I pray Lauds and Compline, and I would like to start making Vespers as well, but have not…yet.

    Kathleen Norris really made me look at praying the Daily Office in a new way Acedia and Me. She goes through how it helps to alleviate depression and acedia because it is a daily ritual, and daily routines help stem the tide of both.

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