Last weekend I was able to drag the hubs out in the pouring rain to this Winter Wellness event at a local health foods store. I was super excited to try the free samples, attend the workshops, and view the demonstrations. The day was going great until we came to the Biometric Screening booth. We were asked to close our eyes, put our hands on cold metal plates, and take three deep breaths.
I guess I was expecting to be told my body fat percentage or something like that so when the screen filled with color I was confused. The lady explained that the energy around me was very creative, introspective, and spiritual…true. But as I was getting up I noticed a word on the computer screen that made me a little uncomfortable "aura".
I couldn't help thinking "oh my gosh, did I just participate in witchcraft?"
(Don't laugh y'all.) My mind flashed back to middle school. I was so proud to be appointed to a team of 5 charged with creating and running our first ever school paper. In addition to covering human interest pieces I was also given the duty of running the horoscope section. I thought it was the greatest thing ever until I told my dad.
That's when I learned that as a respectable Christian young lady horoscopes were a no-no.
The philosophy behind it is that as Christians we should only go to God for guidance, information, and revelation. Unfortunately, it took a few years and eye opening events before I took his warnings to heart. These days I try to steer clear of anything remotely murky hence my mini freak out about the aura reading.
I let it go until I arrived at work on Monday morning.
A coworker, who had been considering joining us, asked how the event went. I gave her a detailed breakdown of the day including the Biometric Screening. She was particularly interested in that. This wasn't surprising since she belongs to the office clique that gets their fortunes read and can't make major decisions without consulting their horoscope.
I was worried I'd blown my witness, again.
Weeks earlier we had a debate as to whether or not it was ok for me, as a Christian, to go to yoga classes. I explained that La Fitness yoga was hardly more than a series of intense stretches and that when I did find myself in a more spiritual studio I made sure to pray my way through the class and at the end I'd vow to never return.
I was spiritually strong enough to handle it.
Then I was reminded that even though I might be everyone isn't and there are people watching me using my actions as a measuring stick. In Romans Paul tells us not to cause one another to stumble and while he may have been talking about food the advice transfers to all areas of our lives.
So, now what?
After our first debate I decided to switch to Pilates. That was really effortless because the two are pretty similar minus the spiritual aspect. Plus, Pilates focuses more on sculpting and I'm all for a strong core and perky booty. My next action step is to ask more questions. Had I not allowed myself to get swept up in the excitement of the event I would have asked a couple of important ones before signing up for the screening.
Take some time to examine your own life. Pinpoint where you're living in the gray and how that could negatively impact those around you. Then decide what changes you can make. It might be a little hard at first but I'm sure you can do it.