It'll all end in tears. This is the fate of all of us, our commonality. So, best get in plenty of practice and weep, weep, weep, washing those tears of emotion so that they can be simply what they are – indicators that defences have been breached and life has flooded in transporting us to a different place, a spiritual place. This is why prayers and tears always belong together. When the nun weeps during prayer she is not feeling sad or happy she is simply feeling the deep tremble of life, what my teacher called the truth, the poignancy of existence, and that always elicits tears.

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