Giving Up Sex for Lent

April 3rd, 2015 | Posted by Patricia O'Gorman, PhD in Body Image | Girly Thoughts | Health & Wellness | Sexuality | Women's Issues

I was in my local health food store when I saw a neighbor and we began chatting. When she asked what I was up to, I told her about my recent blog on giving up a girly thought for Lent—you remember, the one where I suggested you give up one girly thought for Lent.

 

Yes, just one, even if you’re not observant, even if you’re not Christian—all with the understanding that you can return to this form of self-sabotage after Easter if you still want to do this to yourself.

 

She began laughing and told me of a story of a younger cousin with a wicked sense of humor. We’ll call her Colleen. Years ago, Colleen’s her Episcopal priest asked what she was giving up for Lent, and her answer was SEX.

 

He evidently turned pale and began shaking. Colleen was only fourteen at the time, and she lived at boarding school in a rural part of Canada. She was quickly isolated from the other girls, questioned repeatedly—they needed to know who the boy was—and then not believed when she said she was just kidding. (By the way, Colleen has become a successful comedy writer—noted for her sense of humor and her timing.)

 

 

No Kidding

 

 

 

It’s still not too late for you. Just try stopping one of those girly thoughts that tell you:

  • You’re too smart
  • You’re too fat
  • You’re too aggressive, or
  • It’s all your fault that ________

 

Think about giving up these toxic thought as an experiment just like a science experiment you did in high school. You do something and see what happens.

 

You can do this within yourself. Try to stop thinking one girly thought, and see what happens when you make space in you by stopping one particular way you are distracting yourself, beating yourself up, keeping yourself down.

 

Yes, stopping just one girly thought can make a big difference in how you feel about yourself. And I predict you’ll also discover and how much energy you have to do what you’d like to accomplish.

 

Try it and let me know . . .

 

 

 

You’ll find more ideas for getting rid of your negative self-talk in my latest book, The Girly Thoughts 10-Day Detox Plan: The Resilient Woman’s Guide to Saying NO to Negative Self-Talk and YES to Personal Power

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