Emptiness and Self-Awareness

By Wes Annac, Editor, Karma Yoga Daily

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To some extent, we all want to fill the emptiness within. We fill it with anything we can find – food, material things, anything that brings even the slightest bit of pleasure – because for some reason, acknowledging and living with the emptiness is scary.

Why can’t we be content with the emptiness, explore it, and maybe let it teach us a thing or two? What if, instead of trying so hard to avoid the void, we try to see what’s in there? Nothing is in there, which is precisely what scares us so much about it.

Of all the aspects of spiritual life to discuss, spiritual teachers often emphasize getting comfortable with exploring the emptiness because in it, we find the answers we seek. For most of us, exploring it is the last thing we want to do. Continue reading