Yesterday marked the 91st birthday of the spiritualist, Thich Nhat Hahn (“Thay”), which his followers call Continuation Day (what a lovely term!). Since discovering the writings of Thay during a trip to Ho Chi Minh City last year, my partner and I have been studying his work. Yesterday, I searched for something significant that Thay had wrote, that I painstakingly write in my notebook from Vietnam, and here is one that I would like to share with you:
This body is not me.
I am not limited by this body.
I am life without boundaries.
I have never been born,
and I have never died.
Look at the ocean and the sky filled with stars,
manifestations from my wondrous true mind.
Since before time, I have been free.
Birth and death are only doors through which we pass,
sacred thresholds on our journey.
Birth and death are a game of hide-and-seek.
So laugh with me,
hold my hand,
let us say good-bye,
say good-bye, to meet again soon.
We meet today.
We will meet again tomorrow.
We will meet at the source every moment.
We meet each other in all forms of life.
– Thich Nhat Hanh
I would like to think our bodies are the focal point of everything that makes us ourselves.
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Our body is our soul’s earthly vehicle.