Sunday, 1 February 2015

What is emptiness?

‘I am standing water,
teach me how to flow’*.

Emptiness is a clear jar
full of possibilities
unsullied by swirling thoughts,
notions and ideas.

Emptiness is a still lake
undisturbed by stirrings
in its depth, not
‘muddy, ill-seeming, thick, bereft of beauty’**
but calm, unruffled, untouched
by mundane cares of the world.

Emptiness is fullness,
full of infinite space
not bound by time or restrictions.
Full of light
that diminishes shadows.

Emptiness is a quiet mind
unaffected by the roller-coaster
turbulence of emotions and
attention-grabbing thoughts.

Emptiness is putting down ‘me’
and all the baggage that accompanies it.

Emptiness is waking up to ‘I’
and all the glorious uncertainty that entails.

Emptiness is a still heart.

* adapted from Shakespeare
** Shakespeare

© 1 Feb 15

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