In the Christian tradition Lent is a period of fasting. Fasting is a way of breaking a pattern, interrupting a loop in our life; it’s a tool to help us re-orient and reset our behaviours.
Behaviour is rooted in desire, and though we can fast from our behaviour we can’t fast from desire, nor should we. Desire can manifest in unhealthy and harmful behaviour, for sure, but desire itself is the deep voice of your heart.
Lent, or a time a fasting, can help us identify the desire beneath our behaviours. That thing we truly want.
However, desire has an inherent dilemma. Desire fulfilled is never as satisfying as we hope. And desire unfulfilled leaves us perpetually unsatisfied.
How do we live with the tension of desire? What do we do about the poison of possessing? Can we find satisfaction in dissatisfaction?
Join me in this podcast episode as we investigate the meaning of the desires beneath our behaviours and explore if it’s possible to find pleasure in not getting what you want.
Media & Resources mentioned in this episode:
- Sex God: Exploring the Endless Connections Between Sexuality and Spirituality by Rob Bell
- The Journey of Desire: Searching for the Life You’ve Always Dreamed of by John Eldridge
- Peter Rollins
This episode is also available on YouTube.