Search leads to spiritual home

To the Editor:

For many years, I described myself as spiritual, but not religious. I believed in the Golden Rule and that all religions followed this core tenet, but I did not attend church.

Though I had fond memories of Sunday school, I never attended church as a teen or young adult. I was busy working and partying, staying ahead of fear and anxiety with busyness.

Eventually, I was searching for something more meaningful in my life, and in my quest for a spiritual home, I joined a mainstream Protestant church. After several years, though, my involvement waned and I drifted away.

However, I was still searching for spirituality, and I enrolled in yoga classes. One of my yoga teachers, Stephanie Rutt, also offered classes in mantra meditation, and spiritual topics such as lessons from the Bhagavad Gita, or the 23rd Psalm, or learning the Lord’s Prayer in Aramaic. Through yoga classes and workshops, I was exposed to other traditions, and my sense of spirituality deepened.

So now, I have found a permanent church home at the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple. “Many are the ways we pray to one God” is the philosophy of the Tree of Life, which resonates deeply with me. If this philosophy resonates with you, as well, you may be interested in learning more about the Tree of Life.

Stephanie, an ordained interfaith minister, is our presiding minister, and there are others who have been trained through the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living and ordained by the Tree of Life Interfaith Temple. There are worship services the first and third Sundays of the month at Peaceful Journeys yoga studio in Amherst. A recent service was a funny and poignant one-woman play about Sister Hildegard von Bingen, and another was all about the soul.

And about that fear and anxiety? I participated in individual spiritual mentoring sessions and took up a daily mantra meditation practice. I learned to slow down, listen in the silence, transform the energy of fear into the energy of love, and embrace my humanity and divinity.

I am so grateful to have found my spiritual home at the Tree of Life, which is why I am sharing this information with you. More information can be found at tolinterfaith or the Facebook page of the Tree of Life School for Sacred Living, LLC. There, you can view recorded sermons to get a flavor of what is offered, which, for me, is love, tolerance, joy, peace and wisdom.

Alexis Eaton