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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 16

I made it back to the pool today. Two bouts of ailments kept me hopping to different doctors trying to figure out what was wrong. They sucked up 20 days of my life, plus recovery between. But, today, finally in the water. Another reason it took me a bit to get back in the groove: I’m going to a new pool. The procedures felt complicated. The...

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My Invisible Companions, Revealed

Up, down. Bend, straighten. No one ever asks what we want to do. Hello? We’re still here! Doing all the work, in fact. Brain pretends to care but with the Big B, it’s outta sight, outta Brain. “My Invisible companions” sounds romantic. It’s not. When we first came onboard, every thought traveled the spinal cord to us. But now...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 8

The introduction to this Lenten offering of Contemplative Writing Prompts is explained here. Today, our Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 8 is: Take 5 minutes to list 5 beliefs you carried in childhood that no longer shape your life. Of course, Santa Clause immediately comes to mind, but there are certainly others. Don’t judge your...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 7

If you’d like to learn why I’ve undertaken to offer Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent, you can read about it here. But it’s not necessary. You can go straight to today’s prompt on Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 7. . Our bodies have knowledge we sometimes ignore. Or don’t even know about. Today, sit...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 4

You can read about my offering Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent, or you can jump right in. Either way, the main thing to remember: there is no wrong way to do these prompts. Here we go: Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 4 Today, take 20 minutes and write your different names for joy. This may be synonyms (e.g., exuberance). It may...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: Not

Good morning. You might be expecting a Contemplative Writing Prompt for Lent this morning. But the title of this post—Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: Not—tells you what you need to know. I won’t be sending a prompt today, as Sundays are not part of Lent. We did not practice Lent this way when I was a child. When I was a kid, our...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 3

If you’d like an explanation for this series of posts, peruse this introductory post. Otherwise, feel free to take the next twenty minutes and write on the Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent 3: For ten minutes, write what is in front of you. Use your five senses. It helps me to make a list down the left side of the page (sight, smell, hearing,...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent: 2

If you’d like an explanation for this series of posts, peruse this introductory post. Otherwise, feel free to take the next twenty minutes and write on the prompt: Take five minutes and make a list of compromises you’ve made in life. Now take the next fifteen minutes and write on one of these compromises. Was it within yourself...

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Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent

Mardi Gras is over. Lent has come upon us. For the next forty days (or so), those of us who follow the Lenten tradition will be focusing on practices designed to bring us closer to God. The goal is to prepare for Easter’s hallelujah moment of rebirth. This year, I will prepare by using Contemplative Writing Prompts for Lent. Lent and Contemplative...

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