Refuge from Anxiety - Ajahn Dhammasiha
In current society, so many of us struggle with anxiety and issues of low self esteem, even self-hatred. We should never underestimate how powerful the simple act of going for refuge to Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha can be to relieve our anxiety and to build up wholesome self esteem.
The moment we take refuge, we connect and affiliate ourselves with the supreme being in the universe, with the supreme teaching, and with the community who have realized that teaching. Even if we have not yet attained Nibbāna ourselves, we feel close and in association with Buddha, Dhamma and Sangha.
Why should be worry, if we're in such good company?
How could we not respect ourselves, once we have become part of such a praiseworthy community?