In the movies, when a loved one leaves for an extended period of time, their significant other sits on a park bench outside the airport, spots their plane as it lifts off, and watches it fly away until it disappears in a blanket of blue. In the real world, you slump into the driver’s side seat of a car, misty-eyed and miserable then merge into traffic behind a shuttle with the words, “Love the Journey,” written on the back. In Sanskrit the word Taṇhā literally means “thirst,” which is another word for desire–the clinging to objects, people, even identities, which, if not balanced can cause quite a bit of headaches and heartaches. The Buddhists call it ‘suffering,’ a fire that burns hot when we can’t…