Do you feel sad when an ice cube melts?

Most of us would answer the question with a “NO”.

Consider this situation.  Let’s say that you just spent $600 to have a fancy ice sculpture made for your sister’s wedding reception as a surprise.  It was a hot day and the group photos after the ceremony took a lot longer than planned.  All of you arrived over an hour late to the outside barn reception.  Alas, the beautiful sculpture had melted and your sister did not even get to see it.

If I ask the question again, would you be disappointed, sad or upset when the ice melted?

In this context, the answer most likely will be “YES”.

What’s the difference in the two scenarios?

The basic difference is – you are attached in one and in the other you are not (detached).  Paying money for the ice sculpture and having certain expectations by connecting it to your sister’s wedding only increases the value and meaning attached to the piece of ice that is going to melt for sure.

There is a link between melting ice and how we view our body and the human form.  All forms and bodies will disappear one day, just as ice melts with time.  When it comes to ice, however, we understand the mechanics clearly.  Ice melts into water and then evaporates to vapor.

Well, you can apply a similar logic to our body.  The only requirement is that we be open and accepting of the possibility that our body becomes spirit.

Its like answering the question, “Does ice become vapor or vapor becomes ice?”  It can go both ways, can’t it?  How much peace you have in your life is based on your perspective.  If vapor is your starting point and you spend some time as an ice cube, enjoying the experience and when you turn back into vapor, you really don’t feel bad or sad.  On the other hand, if you associate yourself as an ice cube, you will feel sad when you melt.

The most important point when you come from the starting perspective of an ice cube is that even when you are an ice cube, you are nervous, anxious, fearful and worried since you know that you are going to melt, just don’t know when.  So, you start fearing and worrying about the temperature, the pressure and other factors that might impact when you are going to melt, all the things you can’t control.  This is the recipe for misery.

If we embrace the notion that the spirit and the body are just different manifestations of the same, we can get rid of fear.  Fear is the primary emotion of the Ego, and accepting the premise that the body and the spirit are just different states of the same, we can create peace.

Embrace the Circle of Life!

About Krishna Pendyala

Author of "Beyond the PIG and the APE: Realizing SUCCESS and true HAPPINESS". I am a life coach, speaker and workshop leader. My vision is to enhance life on our planet by raising awareness of the ego, in a simple manner. My commitment is to empower men and women make better choices to achieve joy and fulfillment, without protracted struggles or huge personal crises. I believe we can create an enlightened society where inner awareness empowers people to thrive in harmony.
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5 Responses to Do you feel sad when an ice cube melts?

  1. I don’t know if you’ve heard of Nassim Haramein, physicist and Director of Research at The Resonance Project, but he has explained, through science, how nothing ever dies – it just changes shape.

    I rather liked your analogy with the ice and think it’s quite effective in making your point.

    With Love and Gratitude,

    The Intentional Sage

    • Thank you for your kind words. My intention here is to help people overcome suffering by raising awareness of the Ego and the pain it creates. Thank you for pointing me to the Resonance Project.

  2. Jodi says:

    I think the point you made here was “crystal clear:” The cube is just a cube, but for the sculpture we have assigned our ego to it.

    However, truly, we are no different than the ice in whatever form it is in. All passes away to a new state, so too does the moment just now. So why cry over melting ice? Why let perceived pain interrupt being in the moment?

    BTW- This post also made me think of Dr. Masaru Emoto’s experiments with the crystalline water molecule that supposedly show that holding positive thoughts has a beneficial effect on the surroundings…

  3. An ice cube floats on the surface of water.What happens to the water level as the ice cube melts?

    • That’s so interesting. My father asked us this question and we had to prove it to me mathematically based on the density of ice and water. Therefore, I do know the answer, nothing.

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