Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 2: Shed, Empty, Let Go. Day 12: Nothing will be left undone.

Source: Tao Te Ching

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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.

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10 Responses to Emptiness Survival Kit. Part 2: Shed, Empty, Let Go. Day 12: Nothing will be left undone.

  1. Letting go. So easy to understand its importance, so difficult to do. America faces civil war – let it go? Well there is little else we can do as individuals. These ancient Eastern thought systems are so obviously right. But I wonder whether they preclude us from acting in the world altogether? Perhaps so.

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    • lolkin says:

      Completely agree, Anthony. Buddhist writings clarify that non-doing does not mean doing nothing (like I did in the last 18mo 😊), it means doing what you have to but w/o attachment to outcome or process or whatever it is you are doing. Go figure. I will let you know more if I suddenly get enlightened 😂

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      • Likewise! The world is such a difficult place. Easy enough to be “intellectually” enlightened. Rather more difficult to feel enlightened and to go about your daily life with the lightness and happiness that that would bring.

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      • lolkin says:

        Yep. I think when nothing can upset, surprise or shock me (or rather I can be aware of an instant unconscious reaction triggered and do smth about it), I will have been enlightened. Not there yet. Be careful what to wish for though. As I understand now, enlightenment involves full personal disintegration (pain, identity/ ego death, suffering, near madness, homelessness, unemployment, etc). Not a walk in the park…

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      • Yes, I believe it must so. And let us not forget the translation of the word “nirvana” ~ a snuffing out. Realistically, the sort of emptiness described in Eastern philosophy requires a sort of death. Actual physical death or, as you say, a complete change in the nature if our consciousness.

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      • lolkin says:

        Let us see what lies ahead… 😱

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      • And look what JC and the Buddha went through. Much as you were saying ~ unemployment, poverty, homelessness and in one case a cruel death.

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      • lolkin says:

        JC 😂 Yep, it is in a way a horrifying path. The problem is once you peaked behind the veil, you can’t just go back. Sometimes I think I wish I could!

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    • lolkin says:

      I guess it is less about doing or not doing and more about your mental attitude to both.

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