In Lourdes, France, people assemble at the Grotto (where Bernadette saw the lady who was later identified as the Virgin Mary) for a candlelight procession.
We join the crowd.
I walk beside a man in a motorized wheel chair.
We sing in front of the basilica.
Karen and I return to the Grotto, the place from which the healing water energes. I pray that you will experience inner peace.
I meditate before the candles.
Lao tsu writes (chapter38):
“The Master doesn’t try to be powerful.
The ordinary man keeps reaching for power.
Thus, he never has enough.
The Master does nothing,
yet he leaves nothing undone.
The ordinary man is always doing things,
yet many more things are left to be done.
The kind man does something,
yet something remains undone.
The just man does something
and leaves many things to be done.
The moral man does something
and when no one responds
he rolls up his sleaves and uses force.
When the Tao is lost, there is goodness.
When the goodness is lost, there is ritual.
Ritual is the husk of true faith,
the beginning of chaos.
Therefore the Master concerns himself
with the depths and not the surface,
with the fruit and not the flower.
He dwells in reality,
and lets all illusions go.”
Here is my advice: don’t think that you are dwelling in reality while others are in delusion. Let that go. Let it all go. The Tao is useful but not for egotists. When thoughts of your self arise, let them go and focus on your breath. The secret is emptiness.