Like a fish, which on being dragged
from its home in the water
and tossed on dry land
will thrash about,
so will the heart tremble
when withdrawing from the current of Māra
— Dhammapada 34
"Probably we can all relate to this image. It’s about how it feels when we attempt to let go of our habits. The current of Māra — a Buddhist term for the manifestation of delusion — is the force of distraction. Even after years of practice, our addicted to distraction can still return, sometimes subtle, sometimes coarse. The more intense our resolve to let go, the more convincing the obstructions can appear. This is not necessarily something going wrong, it is natural. We are all in this together and it can help to remember we need each other’s support on this challenging journey."