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Calm, Cool & Collected?

The following is Rev. David Schwartz's message from our September newsletter, Contact. There is a lot to reflect on here!
"You’ve made it to the airport with all your baggage. You’ve been through a long series of lines to figure out where you’ve got to go before you can go where you’re going. You’ve found your way down through the labyrinth of the terminal to find your gate.

You’ve made it to the departures and arrivals lounge. “Lounge” makes it sound like everyone is pleasant and relaxed and maybe listening to jazz and sipping chilled white wine. More accurate would be: a group of people pretending they are calm, cool, and collected, while privately trying to not be totally overwhelmed.

So, travel is good preparation for the rest of life!

This is our collective story: we’re here in this church with all the emotional and spiritual baggage of our lives. (So much baggage, right?) And we’ve found our way to the lounge with our people, the ones headed more or less in the same direction. All sitting still together while also on a whole series of journeys alone and together.

And, most of us, are pretending we are calm, cool, and collected, while privately trying not to be totally overwhelmed.

The truth in travel is like our spiritual lives; so much of it is out of our control. At the airport, we take elaborate steps to fool ourselves into thinking we are in charge of it all: luggage neatly packed; special airport shoes; check in to your flight in advance; carefully line up when your seating section is called: placing seatbacks and tray tables in their full upright and locked position.

But all of this is distraction from the reality that basically nothing is in your control. If your plane taxis out on the runway and proceeds to just sit there for hours your option is: sit there. There is not a second option. If it rains and your flight is cancelled, that’s what happens. You don’t get to negotiate.

There was a company called Wow Airlines that carried something like 1.6 million people a year and on Wednesday March 27, they announced that starting the next day, all flights would be cancelled because they were bankrupt and going out of business. That was it: attention travelers, starting tomorrow this airline no longer exists. The traveling life is often out of our control, just like all the other parts of life.

You think you’ve bought a ticket that will take you to a certain place at a certain time, but really what you have is an airline company basically saying: eh, you know, we’re gonna give it a good shot.

So you travel by doing, diligently, everything in your control that you can do, and then trusting, or hoping, or praying that grace will see you through to the destination – more than that, even, trusting or hoping or praying that grace will take you on a journey you did not know you would be going on.

This is our work as a people of faith: to do everything in our power that we can do: pack bags, put on comfortable clothes, bring snacks, be patient with the crew and fellow travelers – and let go of the rest when the ground falls away and we head to a cruising altitude and everything that will come.

Rev. David Schwartz"

Buddhist Meditation

Reverend Marcia Curtis invites you to participate in Buddhism-based meditation in a group setting. Join us Sundays at 7:30pm in the church sanctuary. Newcomers welcome. Meditation and Dharma talks are very week.

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