Some journeys take us across the ocean, others simply across town. Frequently, travel involves some risk, and often, it takes us away from people we love. Whether our travels are for work or pleasure, whether the journey is literal or metaphorical, a prayer or ritual can ground us before and after we spread our wings and fly.
The midrash tells us that we can only receive torah when we empty ourselves and become wild like the wilderness. I never really knew what that meant until I ventured out on my first soul-o quest....