“Just as stars clump into galaxies and galaxies into clusters, so clusters of galaxies congregate into even larger superclusters, hundreds of millions of light years across. Between these superclusters are equally enormous voids, containing almost no matter at all. One of the largest of these cosmic voids, 360 million light years in size, is half a billion light years away in the constellation Boötes. From its centre, the sky would look black in all directions.”
— Patrick Butler, “What is the Boötes void?”
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Emptiness, the void, darkness, nothingness, uncertainty, abyss, existential dread, feeling numb or like “something is missing” are all symptoms of what I call the emptiness practice (also known as “the dark night of the soul”). It is a tough practice. This Emptiness Survival Kit is based on my learnings in the last couple of years and is a summary of key quotes, tips and practices that helped me and I hope help you to get through it. I plan to post daily for a sum total of 42 posts. See you on the other side.