Lent 2014: Bliss or Bust

Hey Beloved,

Can I share something with you?…

So, my Sistah-Friend and I were discussing our lent plans the other day. Before you ask, no I am not Catholic, however, I wouldn’t want to pass up on the opportunity to strive for completion (the numerical property of the # 40-will post more about that tomorrow). Anywho, the conversation went a little like this:

SF: “What are you giving up for lent?

Me: Tv

SF: blank stare and crickets

Me: “I know, I know, what about Scandal? Dr. Who? How I Met Your Mother? Blacklist? House of Cards? How will I know what’s going on in the world?”

SF: I’m not giving up tv, but I will give up bread.

Me: “That shouldn’t be so bad…you don’t seem to eat much bread anyway.”

And then it happened…the switch that tends to happen in our mind when we make a decision to, in essence, deny yourself an experience. My friend began to list all the foods she won’t be able to eat…pancakes, cookies, pizza…the list went on and on. Even more surprising was the shift in my energy.

I began to mourn the” lose” of carbs with her!

Wanna know what’s crazy? Most of the food being mourned were not regular components of her diet. However, the focusing of her energy on NOT eating them, made them all the more desirable.

Wanting to avoid the self victimization, associated with starting something and then feeling sucky about not following through, I tried to figure a way to spin the situation back in our favor.

Instead, I suggested that we take the next 40 days to create spaces in our life to expand and explore new experiences. So for me, instead of focusing on all the tv I would be missing, I would focus my energy on developing a few awesome programs and relationships, that were being delayed, in part to fear and lack of focus.

SF decided to use the space created, by removing the bread, to explore more creative ways to satisfy her culinary desire, while honoring her body better.

The energy of mourning was immediately replaced by excitement.

Now, if you know me, then you’d know that I had to come up with either an analogy, term or song to commemorate the idea…and my brain didn’t fail me.

Since the process of relying solely on discipline, to deny myself a pleasure had to become more of a positive emotion, I chose bliss.

Bliss is such a great word!

My adventurous pursuit of new blissful experiences will be coined “bliss-oh-pline”. I originally wanted to use blissipline (a hybrid is discipline and bliss), but saw that the term had been trademarked…and ain’t nobody got time for lawsuits.

So for the next 40 days, I will share some of my bliss-filled experiences, that are made more accessible by the space created by my lent commitment.

What do think about this? I would love to hear your thoughts.

Heck, I invite you to join me on this adventure.

Love Janiele

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