Every now and then I run across something that I think is perfect during Lent. Maria Popova in her blog, Brainpickings, reminds us that Rilke once described winter as “the season for the tending of the inner garden of the soul.” Lent is also such a season.

She also talks about a wonderful book by Katherine May who writes in Wintering: The Power of Rest and Retreat in Difficult Times the following:  

[Since childhood] we are taught to ignore sadness, to stuff it down into our satchels and pretend it isn’t there. As adults, we often have to learn to hear the clarity of its call. That is wintering. It is the active acceptance of sadness. It is the practice of allowing ourselves to feel it as a need. It is the courage to stare down the worst parts of our experience and to commit to healing them the best we can. Wintering is a moment of intuition, our true needs felt keenly as a knife.

Lent is a time of self-examination and if we ignore sadness our examination is not complete. Embrace it, and learn from it.

About the author

Webb Hubbell is the former Associate Attorney General of The United States. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller. His latest, “Light of Day” will be on the bookstands soon.

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