"Clay is shaped into a bowl, but it is the empty space that makes it useful."
- Lao Tzu
Emptiness is something we often think of as bad in this world. To feel empty can mean we feel sad or lonely or even depressed. But just like so many things in life, how you look at it can give it at a completely different meaning.
To feel into a space of emptiness within can also be a good thing. It can be a space free of mental clutter. It can be a feeling of peace, openness and lightness. It can be a space where we feel in harmony with everything, just as it is, without feeling a need to do anything. It is a space where we sit comfortably with ourselves and the world, free of distractions.
This kind of feeling can be found in many ways, and one is meditation. When you tune into that quiet, soft, slow space within you empty out all outside distractions. And when you have created that empty space within, you can receive.
You can receive new ideas, fresh energy, a deepening of connection to your spirit, and a deeper connection with your own self. You can receive a new perspective, one that is free of the one the world around you is trying to impose on you. You can receive what is true to you.
And you can receive that which can't be put into words. That which can't be seen or touched with our physical selves. You can receive that feeling of something more, something bigger than you, something cosmic, that you cannot quiet explain, you just know it when you feel it.
Today you might try meditating on being a cup or bowl. Imagine you are empty and ready to be filled, and energy from above is pouring into you. This energy could be pure love, bright light, God, the Universe, whatever you want to fill yourself with. Hold this visual, breathing slow, just seeing it pour in and fill you, your spirit and your life.
And then, return to the exciting and active world we live in not with the intention of disconnecting or judging it, but just with the intention of flowing with it from this new place.