Today is the start of Lent in the Christian Tradition. It is a Season of Penance before the celebration of Easter. Penance is often looked upon in a negative light, but it does not have be that way. Rather, Penance should be looked upon as a Freedom from the Prison Within. We become trapped by our negative behavior and actions without realizing we have become that way. In a Season of Penance, we look within ourselves and clean out the negativity of our lives. Penance is just not giving up something, but a journey to see within ourselves the good and the bad. It is the bad that we have to remove. Every World Religion has a Season of Penance and for Christians it is "LENT: FREEDOM FROM THE PRISON WITHIN!"