During trying times, such as one that we currently face, I take refuge in my version of a Sangha, which are my friends. Although there is no teaching or teacher that we collectively follow, if I am allowed to redefine the Sangha as a community, then my Sangha is where I turn to for solace and relief. While I am not able to see my friends face to face, I keep in touch with them as much as I would if I were to be with them in person. It’s definitely harder to keep in touch with friends through digital communication because the level of intimacy and ease of access is not the same but I understand that we are all going through this crisis together so I try to keep in touch as much as possible. I believe everyone should have a Sangha that they turn to, whether it be family or friends. When in times of trouble, it is important to maintain human connections because suffering in isolation can lead to a lot of mental burden. While I don’t necessarily burden others with my issues, just talking and laughing with friends make my day a lot better than if I were to stay isolated, lost in my own thoughts. I am sure that it is also beneficial to those that you stay connected with because they are also facing trying times, so just reaching out can help make a positive difference in others.