•  
Support crystalwind.ca with your donation and help spread spirituality and positivity. Blessings!

This article was posted by CrystalWind.ca

A+ A A-

Eternal Bond: How Loved Ones Live On

Eternal Bond: How Loved Ones Live On

I watched a short video on social media the other day, where a little girl had asked a question of the late Buddhist teacher, Thích Nhât Hanh

Her dog had just died. 

I had a doggy and my doggy died and I was so sad,” she said. “I don’t know how to be not so sad.”

Thích Nhât Hanh looked at her with great compassion and he said, “Suppose you look up into the sky and you see a beautiful cloud, and you like the cloud so much, and suddenly the cloud is no longer there.” He added, “And you think that the cloud has passed away. Where is my beloved cloud now?

But he then offered, “If you have time to reflect, you’ll see that the cloud has not died, has not passed away. The cloud has become the rain. And when you look at the rain you see the cloud.”

And he continued, “And when you drink your tea mindfully, you can see the rain in your tea, and your cloud in your tea, and you can say ‘Hello, my cloud! I know you have not died. You are still alive in a new form.”

So doggy is the same,” he said as he looked to her. “And if you look really deeply, you can see doggy in its new form.”

He words were met with an understanding smile from the girl. You could tell she really got what he had said.

When our loved ones pass on

His words really spoke to me too. I lost my Dad about a year and a half ago. The physical reality of loss hurts, but as Thích Nhât Hanh says, I think that in time, if we’re able to think about things more deeply, we can imagine that our loved ones who have passed on are still with us in some way, only in a different form.

Because what defines a person? Is it the shape of their body or their image and the clothes they wear? Perhaps, some of it is because we remember what they looked like. But is it not more about who they are? The person!

It’s their nature, their personality, the essence of them, that makes them who they are. If you think deeply about it.

For me, this defines a person more than their physical appearance. Because appearance changes in time. I see my Dad in my mind’s eye more as the way he looked in the last few years of his life because that’s more current for me, rather than what he looked like when I was a child. But the person is still the person. Grown up a bit, of course. But the same person. My Dad.

This essence of who they are is not a physical thing. And since it’s not physical it can never be lost. It’s indestructible. It can only change form.

A person who has died is in everything that you do now. Our loved ones become the wind in our sails. We see meaning in things that happen in our lives and we feel it has a connection with them. Because it does. 

I started work on a new book about 4 or 5 months after my Dad passed away. I didn’t feel like doing anything prior to that. I had lost a bit of my mojo, I suppose.

But my Dad is in the book. His spirit. My memory of what he was to me. I prayed to him for guidance. I felt moved to change the title of the book shortly afterwards. I spoke of him in the book too, in a couple of personal stories and experiences.  

When we lose a loved one, just like the cloud that Thích Nhât Hanh spoke of, they change form. The physical form ceases to be, but all that they were to us remains. And it infuses so much more in our lives.

I think this can be a comforting way to think of things.

It doesn’t necessarily take away the pain of not being able to physically be with a person anymore. I regret not being able to go for a walk with my Dad now. But thinking like this can help. 

To know that the non-physical part of them that made them who they were, is still here. It’s inside you, in your memories, in your awareness of them, and so it is in every cell of your body, and it infuses into everything that you do.

Like the cloud becomes the rain, which makes its way into the reservoirs, and then you drink it in your tea.

Eternal Bond: How Loved Ones Live On

Stardust

And this is also true on a physical level. We are all made of stardust (see my previous blog on this). Every atom that exists on planet Earth was forged through nuclear fusion on a star, which exploded billions of years ago when its fuel was spent. 

The Earth and all of its inhabitants – you, me, your deceased loved ones, the animals, plants, clouds, air molecules – are stardust. Every atom is recycled by the Earth and rejoins the rest of the stardust again, taking up a different form each time, to become part of the trees, the clouds, the rain, and the bodies of other people, including you and me.

Everything is deeply connected. This is true spiritually and it is also true physically.

I think it’s a comforting way to think about things. It’s how I think about things.

Things – clouds and people – are never really gone. They just change form.

Credit - David R. Hamilton PhD

David R. Hamilton PhD
After completing his PhD, David worked for 4 years in the pharmaceutical industry developing drugs for cardiovascular disease and cancer. During this time he also served as an athletics coach and manager of one of the UK’s largest athletics clubs, leading them to three successive UK finals. Upon leaving the pharmaceutical industry, David co-founded the international relief charity Spirit Aid Foundation and served as a director for 2 years.

Source Here

Posting on CrystalWind.ca ©2024. All rights reserved. Please do not reproduce any content without written permission. The article's title was crafted by CrystalWind.ca.

Pin It

© CrystalWind.ca 2024. All content (articles, imagery, fair use) & design protected. Written permission required for copying. All rights reserved.

Join the Conversation Now! Comment Below! arrow down small 11

CrystalWind.ca is free to use because of donations from people like you. Please help support us! 
Blessings!

Follow this blog

Featured Writers

crystal-wind-oracle-mobile-app
Cut Through The Illusions!
Available On
Apple  | Android | Amazon
NEW Expanded Version - 53 cards!

Spirit Animal Totem Of The Day!

CrystalWind.ca is free to use because of
donations from people like you.
Donate Now »

CrystalWind.ca Donation!

Unlock Your Light: Join Lightworkers Worldwide on CrystalWind.ca!

 

Follow Us!

 

Who is Online Now

We have 36952 guests and no members online

Featured This Month

Page:

Strong Sun Moon

Strong Sun Moon

Flicker – Carnelian Agate – Wild Rose – Pink June 21 – July 22 Read more

Lammas by The Hedgewitch

Lammas by The Hedgewitch

Although in the heat of a Mid-western summer it might be difficult to discer... Read more

Egyptian Zodiac/Astrology

Egyptian Zodiac/Astrology

Egyptian astrology was one of the earliest forms of astrology. The Egyptians... Read more

Cancer Mythology

Cancer Mythology

The Hidden Myth Behind the Zodiac Sign Had the Scriptures of Delphi never b... Read more

Chalcedony

Chalcedony

The Stone Of Orators Chalcedony was very popular as a decorative stone in ant... Read more

Cancer

Cancer

CANCER Jun 21 - Jul 22 Read more

Lammas

Lammas

Lammas Ritual Celebrated August 1st. Lammas is also known as Lughnasadh, La... Read more

Lugh - Celtic God Of The Sun

Lugh - Celtic God Of The Sun

The god Lugh was worshiped in Ireland as a deity of the sun. This connection... Read more

The Holly Tree: July 8th - August 4th

The Holly Tree: July 8th - August 4th

The Fire Festival Of Lammas Celtic Symbol : The Unicorn And The Flaming Spe... Read more

Sun in Cancer

Sun in Cancer

An Overview of Sun Sign Characteristics for Cancer Read more

Birth Totem - Woodpecker

Birth Totem - Woodpecker

Birth Totem Woodpecker Birth dates: June 21 - July 21 Read more

Calcite

Calcite

The Cleansing Stone Calcite is a powerful amplifier and cleanser of energy.... Read more

Moonstone

Moonstone

Moonstone is one of the best stones for bringing emotional calm and stability,... Read more

Abalone Shell

Abalone Shell

Echos Of The Ancestors Abalone strengthens the structure of the body and th... Read more

Wild Rose

Wild Rose

Wild Rose Fills your life with soft romance. Gender: Feminine Planet: Venus... Read more

© 2008-2024 CrystalWind.ca. All rights reserved. Site Creation by CrystalWind.ca.
Web Hosting by Knownhost.com

 

 

X

Right Click

No right click