Today is Ash Wednesday where Christians around the world begin a season of penance. Penance is often thought of denial, discipline, fasting, and giving up things and thus it is so. However, Penance on a larger scale is all about "Letting Go". Penance and all the things that go with it aims at stripping away the things that hold us back from our True Selves. We insulate ourselves from pain and hurt by layering ourselves with anger, selfishness, jealousy, overeating, over drinking, and exploiting others. Penance helps us strip away those layers by focusing us on Letting Go. It does not have to be a negative process but should be a positive process. During this time think of some positive things you can do to strip away those negative behaviors that protect your true loving self. Begin this Ash Wednesday by the Penance of Letting Go!