i fell asleep last night saying the rosary. there is no deeper nor truer prayer, i think... than the final lines... mother of god, be with us now and at the hour of our deaths.
this morning, in quite an unexpected place, i was led to these words:
To take refuge in the Buddha is to take refuge in someone who let go of holding back just as you can do. To take refuge in the dharma is to take refuge in all the teachings that encourage you and nurture your inherent ability to let go of holding back. And to take refuge in the sangha is to take refuge in the community of people who share this longing to let go and open rather than shield themselves.
The support that we give each other as practitioners is not the usual kind of samsaric support in which we all join the same team...It's more that you're on your own, completely alone, but it's helpful to know that there are forty other people who are also going through this all by themselves. That's very supportive and encouraging. Fundamentally, even though other people can give you support, you do it yourself, and that's how you grow up in this process, rather than becoming more dependent.
and furthermore, the war must end. blessed be.