Waves.

A wave breaks at the shore.

Never to be seen again.

One wave allows room for the next.

It accepts its impermanence.

It allows for its transformation.

 

The wave is both impermanent & infinite.

Each drop of water is interconnected.

Within the vastness of the ocean.

So are you. 

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The Noble Truth.

Everything & everyone is impermanent.

All matter is in a constant state of flow.

Many resist this noble truth.

Hiding from its ever casting shadow.

Running to distraction.

Denying impermanence.

 

Resistance is futile.

Resistance is suffering.

Resistance steals joy.

 

The time is now.

To accept this noble truth.

All matter is in a constant state of movement.

 

Now is the time to live.

Now is the time to love that you are alive.

Not fear your impermanence.

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Lost at Sea.

A ship is lost in the treacherous open sea. The crew grows more impatient each day; the Captain is worried about a potential mutiny. No land in sight. 

 

Will this be the end?

 

My crew goes weary.

Mumbling & arguing with each other.

Constantly chattering.

The smell of mutiny in the air.

 

I observe them from my private charters.

One moment they are angry.

The next they are sad.

Anxious.

Depressed.

Fearful.

 

Will we ever see land again?

 

A large wave swells up from the depths of the ocean.

Panic.

HOLD ON!!!!!

The ship creaks and moans.

We survive.

 

A month goes by.

Food short on supply.

Crew sick and diseased.

Birds of prey circle above us.

 

The end is near.

 

Until one day I see darkness on the horizon.

LAND!!

We are safe.

Joy & tears flow into the sea.

My crew dances under the moonlight.

 

No wave can sink me.

No storm will worry me.

I won’t break to my crew’s demands.

For I am the Captain.

 

 

I am not my thoughts. I am not my emotions. I am the observer. The Captain of my body & mind. I will honor these thoughts & emotions as impermanent. I will not sink into the darkness.

 

 

 

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Time.

What time is it?

I glance at my clock.

The time is now.

 

I must change.

I must grow.

I must let go.

Now.

 

Impermanence.

The constant flow of time.

A seed grows into a tree.

A baby grows into a young adult.

 

Dreams.

Love.

Peace.

Compassion.

Joy.

Now.

 

Breathing in deeply I embrace my impermanence.

Breathing out I feel joy pulsate throughout my body.

I vow to not waste my life.

I vow to live in the now.

For this is not my practice life.

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Mayur “Kumar” Sarhad.

6 years have passed.

Today it feels like 6 seconds.

I pick up the phone.

Shock. Disbelief. Tears.

So unexpected. Tragedy.

The pain of losing a great young man too soon.

 

Tears.

Sadness.

Because your life gave us joy.

 

You taught us that life is impermanent.

You taught us gratitude for every moment alive.

You showed us that life can be taken away at any given moment.

You taught us to not take our friends for granted.

 

Thank you for being an amazing friend.

A second big brother to me.

I could always count on you.

Thank you, Mayur (Kumar) Sarhad.

 

You live on through your brother Veeral.

You live on through your parents.

You live on through your friends.

When we walk, you walk.

When we breathe, you breathe.

When we smile, you smile.

 

Does a cloud die when it turns into rain, ice, or snow? Or can it only transform?

 

Love you bro,

Johnny Hoffman

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