When we become involved in religious beliefs that major on the lesser issues such as outward appearance versus an inner experience, we may find ourselves “dieting” from practices that may actually be healthy. For instance, in my youth, the church I attended taught that dancing was vulgar. Their solution was to ban all forms of dancing.
After I left that religious group, I allowed myself to decide if I agreed with their assessment. Country line dancing was popular at the time so I took lessons. For the first time in my life, I enjoyed the thrill of my body moving in time to the rhythm of the music. Dancing did not feel morally wrong. Joy, peace, exercise, and even love and laughter were a part of my experience.
Many people who leave a religious organization — especially one that is restrictive — explore the forbidden fruits. Some things, like dancing, we may find enjoyable and even an aid on our spiritual journey. Other things such as drinking or drugs could prove destructive. Moderation and a balanced spiritual diet are keys to making our way in a world unrestricted by religion. Also, remember to keep any healthy practices from the past as part of your present spiritual diet.
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