People always say they “feel as if something is missing” and that it feels like “there’s an emptiness inside. Quantum physics has now proven that we are all in fact made up of 99.99999% space and pure Consciousness beyond this physical body. When we close our eyes, we see black space. When we sit for meditation consistently, we connect to an ‘empty void’, a place where only awareness exists. The place from which all creations stems from. The emptiness is where we came from and where we will one day return. Some call this place Creative Consciousness or Infinite Space. Some call it God. Others call it the Divine, while others call it ’”something bigger than myself”.
Whatever your beliefs, I’m sure you’ve had that feeling where something just feels like it’s missing. You feel an emptiness. What if that emptiness you feel is inviting you to go deeper into it? What if sitting in silence in that “empty void” was your chance to empty yourself? What if all the mind chatter that’s been conditioned into your brain just needed silence? And what if that emptiness provided you with enough stillness that your mind slowed down enough to hear your own intuition?
Perhaps the emptiness we all feel is a calling to our connection of that Infinite part of ourselves. The part that never dies. The consciousness within us that lives on past the death of our physical body. The part that is behind all of our busy minds and thought patterns. So instead of avoiding that empty feeling like the plague, perhaps allow yourself to go deeper into that feeling, even if you associate it as being uncomfortable. After all, the saying goes, “Life begins outside of comfort zone.”
Perhaps uncomfortable is simply a label your mind has given that feeling of emptiness. Perhaps your nervous system and brain are so overstimulated on a daily basis that when placed in silence it is conditioned to “do” something. Anything. Any thing other than sit still.
I hear a lot that “I can’t sit for meditation, my mind is too busy.” Welcome to being a human, all of our minds are busy! We were trained to be this way in our society. It’s your own choice to decondition yourself from the deeper patterns of our humanity. Sitting still and allowing your thoughts to flow is a practice. It’s an act of will to not react to the things your mind tells you you need to be doing. But this is the practice of meditation. A place to create some separation between you and your thoughts, so you become less reactive and respond more from your heart. It’s a practice of separating your True Self, which is that Infinite part of you, from your egoic mind.
As Zen Buddhist teacher, Adyashanti, says, “If your mind gets lost 100 times in a 10 minute meditation, it has no effect on the benefits of your meditation. Also, sometimes if you sit for long periods of meditation and consistently connect to that empty void, it can feel disorienting. And it’s not that the disorientation goes away, it just becomes more familiar to you over time.”
It is the routine of practicing, even if 5 minutes a day is all you have, that will give you the cumulative effects of over time. So what are you waiting for? Would you rather be run by your mind, reacting to every thought your ego thinks is a good idea? This is usually a defensive way of being anyway. Or would you rather take a step back, be shown the bigger picture and connect to something bigger than yourself?
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