Last week at the chemotherapy day care centre, there was a monk who had come in for treatment.
You can retreat from this material world, you can give up breathing its toxins.
You can live a stress free lifestyle, you can meditate.
You can pray.
Makes you realise the true extent of the random nature of this universe. Makes you realise that even if you control your mind, even if you control your emotions, there is very little else that you can control.
And sometimes, a life of prayer can control nothing at all.