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This body is not me; I am not caught in this body, I am life without boundaries, I have never been born and I have never died. Over there the wide ocean and the sky with many galaxies All manifests from the basis of consciousness. Since beginningless time I have always been free. Birth and death are only a door through which we go in and out. Birth and death are only a game of hide-and-seek. So smile to me and take my hand and wave good-bye. Tomorrow we shall meet again or even before. We shall always be meeting again at the true source, Always meeting again on the myriad paths of life.”

-Thich Nhat Hanh, No Death, No Fear

The meditation on death is the meditation on life itself. When the cloud is about to be transformed into rain, it does not panic like us. Knowing that being a cloud is a wonderful thing, the cloud is also aware of the fact that becoming rain is another wonderful thing. So, when the moment comes for the cloud to become rain, it will sing happily at becoming drops of water falling on the vegetation, becoming part of the river, penetrating into the earth, and becoming a source of life for many other kinds of beings. It is a very beautiful adventure also. And then, sometime later on, it may resume the form of another cloud. No fear.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Mindful Living

Breathing in I see myself as a mountain. Breathing out I feel solid. From time to time a very strong emotion overwhelms us. That emotion can be anger or despair or fear, and when we are overwhelmed by a strong emotion, we feel that we are very vulnerable—we may die. This is too bad because we are more than our emotion. We are more solid than we may think, and, therefore, practising being solid like a mountain is very helpful.”

—Thich Nhat Hanh, The Art of Mindful Living