Unitarian Universalist Congregation
of Northern Chautauqua

companionship on life's sacred journey

Our listening creates a sanctuary for the homeless parts within another person.
— Rachel Naomi Remen

Message From Our Minister

From the Heart

Alan Watts says:

“the desire for security and the feeling of insecurity are the same thing. To hold your breath is to lose your breath. A society based on the quest for security is nothing but a breath-retention contest in which everyone is as taut as a drum and as purple as a beet.”

There is deep wisdom here. If we hold something tightly because it helps us feel secure, we risk losing the very thing we value. This is certainly true of our breath. We each want to keep breathing, and so we have learned to release each old breath and welcome the new one.

Or consider a child we care for and care about. There is the old saying, “If you truly love someone, you must be ready to let them go.” Children are growing and changing and inevitably moving away from us in so many ways. If we understand our love for them fully, we learn to accept growth and change. We know this is the way of things.

Part of our individual religious process is sorting through what we value and seeking out what we find most trustworthy and important. We learn to let our breathing and our loving relationships flow and move.

And still we seek the deeper patterns behind this flow of life. We end up with terms like “God” and “Tao” and “Enlightenment” and “Love.” There may be some security here. But life moves on and we still have questions.

On October 14 I’ll be digging more into the wisdom of Alan Watts. We’ll look at some of the answers he proposes to the deep questions that still remain in our hearts; we’ll consider how his answers might help.

Love to All.
Rev. George Buchanan