Emptying ourselves of all thoughts, beliefs, ideas, conclusions and positions is a powerful meditative practice.
Within that practice we can feel more deeply into our true nature, past the illusion of form and ego focused identity.
We put it all down. We empty ourselves entirely.
Moving beyond all that noise, we may then find clearer access to our true and eternal state of being.
But then the awareness presents itself that we DO have a human form and identity and ego. We DO have beliefs, conclusions and positions.
The practice of emptying ourselves completely within a meditative practice is not meant to have us navigate a world of form without an embodiment of our thoughts, beliefs and ego identity.
The practice of emptying completely simply allows us to come back into a more conscious and balanced relationship with our ego identity
Everything we do that brings us the most pleasure in life has some element of forgetting about our “self” for awhile.
Dancing, listening to music, reading a good book, painting, meditation…..
We become so immersed in the experience and sensation of the playful and creative moment that the mind is distracted.
It forgets to be concerned about the self. It forgets the oh so serious business of ensuring that the self stays safe, relevant and important.
It is in those moments of forgetfulness and abandon that we feel most free and alive and whole. Connecting far more deeply with the people and the world around us is easier in those moments of forgetting about ourself.
The real issue is that when we’re too inwardly focused on maintaining our own image and the illusory construct of identity, then we aren’t bringing our attention fully to the beauty and opportunity of life unfolding around us.
Foundational to a life of grace, joy and spiritual growth is the strengthening of our ability to trust.
Not trust that everything happens for a reason, or trust that people are inherently good, or trust that everything will turn out alright. But just…
No modifiers or conditions. Not attaching any beliefs to the trust. Not trusting specifically in this or that.
Just pure surrender to resting in absolute trust.
To surrender into stillness and the quieting of the mind where we’re not busy managing or figuring out of our life, takes a tremendous amount of trust.
This is one of the most valuable aspects of quieting the mind and ceasing our controlling nature for a time.
When a significant and foundational part of our life falls apart or starts to come apart at the seams we resist.
And that makes sense. We feel extremely vulnerable when the parts of our lives that we’ve worked so hard to build fall apart.
But often those parts of our lives were put in place by an old version of ourselves; a version of ourselves that we no longer are.
When old constructs built by old versions of self come apart, there are opportunities to rebuild from a more aware and conscious perspective.
If you are growing and evolving, there are parts of life that need to shatter and fall apart to accommodate your more expansive and authentic nature.