Adulthood, Philosophy and Death

Hello, Becoming an adult is a curious thing. Sometimes it's lonely and extremely exhausting and other times it's full of life and exhilarating. I wrestle between feeling 22 and 45 all the time. I'm sure a good portion of people my age feel the same, but perhaps the age gap is smaller. I seem to be collecting friends, women and men, over 50. Does that mean when I'm 50 I'll be hanging out with 80-year-old's?? I read "No Death, No Fear" by Thich Nhat Hanh.  He is a Vietnamese monk, a renowned Zen master, a poet, and a peace activist. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize by Martin Luther King, Jr., in 1967, and is the author of many books, including the best-selling The Miracle of Mindfulness. The book explains, in Buddhist thought, how to approach death. It often uses the analogy of a raindrop to describe a human being. When one sees a raindrop in a beautiful flowing stream, one can appreciate its serenity. When that same raindrop evaporates and becomes a cloud, one can appreciate the grandiosity of the sky.  When the raindrop descends back to earth one can feel that snowflake or raindrop against one's skin, and eventually the raindrop finds its way to another stream. Do we cry when the raindrop turns into a cloud? If a person's life is a raindrop in a stream, waiting to become a cloud, should we believe that their soul, their being just gets sucked up and disappears? What if our souls, like everything else on earth, entered a cycle, a cycle where at some point the being would become a person again, perhaps different, but still a person. I like this idea of free flowing, from one state to another. It is very grounded in the earth and the principles of the universe. I can think of a million ways to argue that this theory holds no validity, especially in the area of Western though, but I do think it's worth mentioning. Matter cannot be created or destroyed, a fundamental truth about the universe. This just applies the rule in a spiritual sense. The book also helps release people from fear, so as they approach death, they can enter with a peace inside themselves. I would highly recommend reading the book. There are many other concepts I haven't mentioned that are discussed in the book, each one a gem.   Until Next Time,   Caitlin