Like I said on my Daily Personal Practice Page, I use my workout each days as an active meditation and today I had a few thoughts come out of this exercise. It was mostly on things that have changed for me lately, and whether that is because I've opened myself to them when I opened myself to the ADF Dedicant program or if they were always there under the surface and I am no longer confined by labels to go after them OR I understand myself a little better and that has made it easy for me to go after them. By the end of the workout/meditation I came to the conclusion that it was all of the above.
The world didn't end when I opened myself up to ADF and I'm still me (even doing things a little differently my path has not changed, in some ways it has been enhanced). I really was confined by the label that I tacked onto myself without really understanding that label and how to work with it in a way that was both true to that label and what I wanted of my spiritual path, and I do understand myself a little better and no longer afraid or care what the people around me say about my path because it is MY path and no one else's.
For Equilibrium by John O'Donohue
(From To Bless the Space Between Us)
Like the joy of the sea coming home to shore,
May the relief of laughter rinse through your soul.
As the wind loves to call things to dance,
May your gravity be lightened by grace.
Like the dignity of moon light restoring the earth,
May your thoughts incline with reverence and respect.
As water takes whatever shape it is in,
So free may you be about who you become.
As silence smiles on the other side of what's said,
May your sense of irony bring perspective.
As time remains free of all that it frames,
May your mind stay clear of all it names.
May your prayer of listening deepen enough,
To hear in the depths the laughter of God.