Spiritual Leader's Message, June 1, 2018

“Wherever you go, go with all your heart.” ~ Confucius
“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ~ Martin Buber
“Wherever you go, there you are.” ~ Jon Kabat-Zinn

Dear Friends,
June is a month when many begin to think about summer vacations. It seems like even if we haven’t had children living in our home for years, our minds often work on the school year calendar. When I was a girl, we always took our summer trip during August just a few weeks before school began. My daughters’ families travel in June as soon as school gets out.  Whenever you travelled in years past, may travel now, or never again travel, we often have particular thoughts around it.
When you think about travel, where does your imagination take you? Is it to a place you have been that brings forth fond memories? Perhaps it's a place where you have longed to go and create fantasies about its wonders. If you are like me, perhaps you think about inner travel—travel into the depths of who you are. 
I love the quotes that begin our eNote this month. Each speaks to approaching travel, whether inner or outer, with present moment awareness—mindfulness. If we don’t take our journeys with all our heart, why bother? In fact, why bother with anything if we are not doing it with our whole heart? It is only when we bring our complete self to whatever we do that we reap the full benefit.
When we approach an inward or outward journey with wonder, as Marin Buber says, there is a secret destination of which we are unaware. Recall the deliciousness of coming across an unexpected place of beauty when traveling. Such a place touches our heart in a profound way. On the inner quest, an unexpected aha moment fills us with momentary enlightenment.
Jon Kabat-Zinn reminds us that we cannot escape ourselves. Wherever we go in this human experience, we always end up being confronted with who we are in that moment. In our travels, we may be disillusioned that nothing has changed in our world. On the other hand, whatever we experience gives us the opportunity to change our whole life. When we approach inner and outer travel as an adventure in growth and in faith, life becomes rich and full of meaning.
Whether you pack your bags and travel afar or sit in your favorite place and meditate, go deeper into yourself, I trust that you will discover greater meaning for your everyday existence. Jesus our Way Shower urged us to judge with righteous judgment, that is to see the whole in every part of life—to perceive the oneness. When we grow in our ability to do this, we experience God in every travel that we take.
I invite you to join us on Sunday mornings as we travel together into a greater understanding of our wholeness, our oneness.