The ocean has been on my mind lately, especially after seeing the amazing pictures of the Nantucket Slurpee Waves (nearly frozen waves). Thich Nhat Hanh encourages us to remember that we are both “waves” and “water”.
Suppose we are looking at the ocean. On the surface we see waves rising and falling. From the point of view of the waves, there is birth and death, high and low, rising and falling. There are distinctions between waves.
But each wave is made of a substance called “water”. It is a wave, but at the same time, it is water. Concepts such as birth and death, higher and lower, rising and falling apply only to the waves, which represent the historical dimension, and do not apply to the water itself, the ultimate dimension.
-Thich Nhat Hanh