Taking an interest in the breath is taking an interest in the present moment. Being on good terms with the breath is being on good terms with yourself and therefore with the whole world.
Life is shaped by the friends we choose. Meditation, in allowing us to be comfortable with ourselves, give us great strength to choose our friends and our way in the world.
Secure in solitude.
"A Sangha is a community of resistance, resisting the speed, violence and unwholesome ways of living that are prevalent in our society. Mindfulness is to protect ourselves and others. A good Sangha will lead us in the direction of harmony and awareness. The substance of the practice is most important. The forms can be adapted." ~ Thich Nhat Hahn