Observations & meditations on the day-to-day
Don’t worry about ’emptiness’.
by Anjali S. Mitter.
A lot of people worry about “emptiness”. People report feeling empty as a sort of discomfort; a lack of energy and a debilitating stagnation. To be true to form, here I go singing the merits of something that is often construed as negative.
Emptiness is not a bad thing.
Picture a glass jar. Now fill it with marbles. Then add some coins. Then add some seeds. Then add some sand. Then, just as you think there’s no room left for anything else, fill any remaining nooks and crannies with water. The glass jar is now full of different things, but it’s TOO full and it’s far more likely to break now than it was when it was empty.
Now think of yourself as the glass jar. When we take on too much we feel the fragility of how we’re made, whereas we could alternatively allow the emptiness to be filled and refilled as and when is needed. It is much easier to fill something that is empty than it is to empty something that is packed solid.
When there is emptiness it is very common to suddenly feel as though we have to fill it with emotions. We have to fill it with passion and love and creativity and hurt and worry and anxiety and stress and family and work and life and anything else we can squeeze in there. Sure, we definitely need all of those things at some point in our lives (stress and work included…), but why do we go out looking for them and then getting tied up in a thousand knots when life doesn’t follow the script that we’d written in our head? Chances are, life won’t follow the exact script that you’ve got in your head and it’s amazing what you can achieve when you relinquish control of that specific narrative and if you just keep the end goal close to your heart.
Keep going. Don’t rush. Fill up your jar slowly. Take things out of the jar as you go. You don’t need to be doing everything all at once.
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