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Touch Water, Touch Love

Thich Nhat Hanh: Through prayer, mindfulness and meditation, we see that waves are made only of water, that the historical (surface) and the ultimate (deepest) dimension are one (the same). Even while living in the world of waves, we touch the water, knowing that a wave is nothing but water. We suffer if we touch only the waves, but if we learn how to stay in touch with the water, we feel the greatest relief.

In his book Living Buddha, Living Christ, Thich Nhat Hanh states the following:

“Through prayer, mindfulness and meditation, we see that waves are made only of water, that the historical (surface) and the ultimate (deepest) dimension are one (the same). Even while living in the world of waves, we touch the water, knowing that a wave is nothing but water. We suffer if we touch only the waves, but if we learn how to stay in touch with the water, we feel the greatest relief. We enter a spiritual practice seeking relief in the historical (surface) dimension. We calm our body and mind… transform our anger, and feel some relief. But when we touch the ultimate (deepest) dimension of reality, we get the deepest kind of relief.”

Touching the water aspect of life is touching love. Life calls us to touch love in all circumstances, in all people, in all events, in all animals, in all form and phenomenon. When we do we are free. We are joyful. We are fulfilled. This of course is no minuscule task. There are several ways to approach touching love, my favorite is through simply inquiry:

“What would love do? How does love wish to flow right now?”

Find your own question and make it a mantra and touch water, touch love.

Blessings!

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