Making Time for Emptiness Fills You in Unexpected Ways

lake and mountains
Make time for emptiness.

What do I mean when I write about ‘making time for emptiness’?

Well, more often than not, we strive to fill each moment with activity, productivity, and efficiency.

That might seem like a goal we’d all want to be aiming for. Who doesn’t want to be productive and live days filled with accomplishments?

But it will eventually leave us depleted because we are continually spending energy but not replenishing it.

Making time for emptiness…

On the other hand, finding time in your life for silence, for emptiness, for space is key to your well-being. These are core commitments that enrich your moments in ways that are sometimes hard to fathom. 

Why is that?

In the time we set aside for emptiness, we allow ourselves to just ‘be.’ And our ‘being’ is the bedrock of all of our ‘doing.’

Consider a clay pot…

In Stephen Mitchell’s beautiful translation of the Tao Te Ching by Lao Tzu we read:

We join spokes together in a wheel,
but it is the center hole
that makes the wagon move.

We shape clay into a pot,
but it is the emptiness inside
that holds whatever we want.

We hammer wood for a house,
but it is the inner space
that makes it livable.

We work with being,
but non-being is what we use.

Or think of your basket of time.

I love the image of the clay that is used to shape the pot and the emptiness inside being the thing that holds whatever we want. 

That resonates with my own image of time being like a basket.  The choices that we make about our time and how we use it, comprise the contents of that basket.

Another way to think of it is to picture each of our moments as being like that clay pot.  Each moment can easily be filled to overflowing with the cacophony of everyday living.  Or, from time to time, we can choose to let a moment be still, silent — empty.

Boundaries and emptiness:

Working with time boundaries is like working the clay of that pot.  Many of us are good at using time boundaries to accomplish tasks.  Today I encourage you to also think of working the clay as making time for emptiness.

Of course, as anyone who meditates knows, emptiness is an elusive goal at best.  The bowl doesn’t stay empty for long.

But the choice to find time for silence does quell the clamor.  It rejuvenates you.  It allows you to see and feel that you have choices and that your feet can be on the ground.  As Lao Tzu says, “We work with being, but non-being is what we use.”

How do you find time for quiet?  How will you give yourself that gift today?

For more help…

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