"The River and the Clouds" by Thich Nhat Hanh

She began by being a joyful stream of water, a spring always dancing and singing as she ran down from the top of the mountain. ...Our river thought that life was not worth living, for there were no longer any clouds to chase after. ...That night the river had the opportunity to go back to herself for the first time. ... That night was the first opportunity for her to hear her own crying, the sounds of water crashing against the banks of the river. ...She had only been interested in clouds, and she had missed seeing the sky, which is the home of all the clouds. ... As she saw the vast wonderful blue sky, she knew that her peace and stability would never be lost again. ...When the cloud wanted to go away, she would wave to him or her happily and with loving kindness. ...When she opened her heart completely to the evening sky she received the image of the full moon - beautiful, round, like a jewel within herself. ... There is a very beautiful poem in Chinese: "The fresh and beautiful moon is traveling in the utmost empty sky. When the mind-rivers of living beings are free, that image of the beautiful moon will reflect in each of us." ...She received the image of that beautiful moon within her heart, and water, clouds, and moon took each other's hands and practiced walking meditation slowly, slowly to the ocean.
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