If you ever get a chance to attend an Ash Wednesday service, I highly encourage you to do it. There is something so beautiful about humbling yourself and receiving the ashes, reminding us that we won't live forever and from dust we came, and to dust we shall return.
For me, Lent has always touched my spirit in a stronger way than even Advent. The ashes remind me that to dust I will return and the cross reminds me there is victory over death thru the blood of Jesus.
May this Lenten season be a wonderful time of reflection for you too !!