Phones. We use them to stay connected, but in many ways they separate us. As much as you possibly can, go without a phone. Don’t text, don’t talk. Put it in a sleeping bag. See how this act affects your sense of presence.

Note: We normally fast on Fridays, but in Easter season we celebrate the presence of the risen Christ with us in a continual Sunday. This is not the time for fasting; it is a time of celebration. The Friday fast will return on June 1st, after the Easter season has passed.

About Ragan Sutterfield

Ragan Sutterfield is a writer and Episcopal seminarian sojourning from his native Arkansas in Alexandria, Virginia. He is the author of Cultivating Reality: How the Soil Might Save Us, Farming as a Spiritual Discipline and a contributor to the book Sacred Acts: How churches are working to protect the Earth’s climate. Ragan’s articles and essays have appeared in a variety of magazines including Triathlete, The Oxford American, and Books & Culture. He works to live the good life with his wife Emily and daughter Lillian.