A quote from Thich Nhat Hanh on our apparent impermanence and yet our eternal nature (the wave and the ocean)

We are a wave appearing on the surface of the ocean. The body of a wave does not last very long – perhaps only ten to twenty seconds.

The wave is subject to beginning and ending, to going up and coming down. The wave may be caught in the idea that ‘I am here now, and I won’t be here later.’ And the wave may feel afraid or even angry.

But the wave also has her ocean body. She has come from the ocean, and she will go back to the ocean. She has both her wave body and her ocean body. She is not only a wave; she is also the ocean.

The wave does not need to look for a separate ocean body, because she is in this very moment both her wave body and her ocean body. As soon as the wave can go back to herself and touch her true nature, which is water, then all fear and anxiety disappear.


—Thich Nhat Hanh

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  1. True and words of wisdom by Thich Nhat and a nice analogy of a wave and Ocean. The wave is in the Ocean but it does not know that unless one day it will realize its nature of Oneness and merge with the Ocean from which it was never separated. Lovely post, Amira.

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    1. Yes, dear Kamal, so very true… we are the same, never realizing our Oneness with God and all that is… and all the other waves… Thank you so much! ❤

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      1. Yes absolutely true. Welcome dear have a wonderful Sunday. Love and light to you dear Amira ♥️♥️♥️

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        1. Thank you so much dear Kamal! You too have a wonderful Sunday, and much love and light back to you my friend! ❤

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          1. 🌷🌷🌷🌷🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻

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  2. Anita Bowden says:

    I love this analogy, but then, I love everything from Thich Nhat Hanh! 🙂 ❤ Thank you for sharing this beautiful post, dear Amira!

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    1. Thank you so much Anita! Wow! I didn’t know you also liked Thich Nhat Hanh! 🙂 That’s awesome! I like him as well! One more author we share in common! ❤

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      1. Anita Bowden says:

        Why am I not surprised?! Ha! ❤ 🙂

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  3. Thank you dear friend for sharing such profound wisdom… brought me back to the ocean, and made me realize i was focusing too much on the wave these days… Much love❤S*

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    1. That’s wonderful Susana! Yes, I hear you! I am taking some time away to focus on the ocean for a while…:) ❤ Much love back!!! ❤

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