Posted by: Cathy | January 16, 2015

Cultivent Project – 40-day Challenge

Coach Blog 011615 Let me start by saying that I mean no disrespect to any Catholics/Christians with this project. I understand that the observance of Lent is very solemn and sacred to many, and I don’t mean to belittle that practice.

Still, the concept of Lent gave me an idea. As I understand it, a common observance of Lent is to give up something for 40 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday as a symbol of religious penance and atonement, and to commemorate the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert.

My idea is to spend 40 days cultivating something. In addition to giving something up for Lent (or instead of, if your spiritual or cultural tradition doesn’t practice Lent), choose something to receive or replenish for 40 days.

Here are some examples:
* Cultivate happiness by smiling at a stranger every day.
* Cultivate abundance by keeping a treasure map (list of things you received).
* Cultivate inspiration by communing with your muse or spirit every day.

1. Decide what you’d like to cultivate. When you think of a quality you’d like to receive, what first comes to mind?
2. Brainstorm some ways you could invite this quality into your daily life. Pick your favorite, or try a variety of them.
3. Pick a date and length of time to practice.

This year, Lent begins on Wednesday, February 18. If you would like to try my Cultivent project, feel free to select any 40 days that work for you or customize it however you like. For example, if you follow a pagan or Wiccan tradition, you could do 42 days over 1.5 moon cycles (from a new moon to the second full moon, etc.).

If you plan to participate, I’d love for you to share what you’re cultivating in the comments or on Facebook!


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