“If you succeed in encasing yourself completely, you may feel secure but you will also feel terribly lonely. This is not the loneliness of the warrior but the loneliness of the coward-the loneliness of being trapped in the cocoon, cut off from basic human affection. You don’t know how to take off your suit of armor. You have no idea how to conduct yourself without the reference point of your own security.
“The challenge of warriorship is to step out of the cocoon, to step out into space, by being brave and at the same time gentle.”
CHOGYAM TRUNGPA RINPOCHE