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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Wanderlust or Staying Put

Finding Joy

You are seeking joy and peace in far-off places. But the spring of joy is in your heart. The haven of peace is in yourself.”
Sri Sathya Sai Baba

Friends of mine have just returned from Russia. My across-the-street neighbors are in Germany, and some of my church family are leaving shortly for the Greek islands. Some people love to travel, to see other cultures and ways of life. Some of them are creatures of air and fire, who thrive on adventure and new experiences. As for me, I am a tree, planted firmly in the earth. Somehow or other, the lust to wander missed me.

Renewal comes to all of us in different ways. There is the risk that staying home helps us dig more deeply into our ruts, and become the drudge we always thought we'd never be. I, myself, am guilty of that. There's also the possibility that value for some of us isn't a location, exotic or new, but an old, familiar armchair in a room with a view. As for me, it's preferably a view of water—river or lake.

Some of us find staying in place difficult. We get bored, restless; we need new experiences and fresh material to feed our curiosity. And, some of us are renewed by the simple luxury of time—time to travel inward, to assess, to dream and plan. Some of us go out to find our joy, and some of us go in. Both ways of being in the world hold the promise of expanded consciousness—which is what it's all about, isn't it?

                                                      In the Spirit,


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