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but lately, Ive been digging deeper and deeper into things to see if I can find a meaning.
Originally posted by LifeIsEnergy
reply to post by vancouverite
Emptiness is the natural 'state'. When you say "empty", I assume you mean sad, depressed, despair, anxious, and so on. This is because pleasure is gone, or seen as unsatisfactory, and thus the only things left within this void are these negative feelings. You are at an important stage, that is for sure. If you try to pile on happy and pleasant feelings on top of these negative feelings now, you will have regressed back into the 'game' of trying to fill and sustain these pleasant feelings. That is what addiction is, it is feeling a sense of despair and continuously trying to subdue that feeling with pleasant feelings.
You must see these negative feelings as transitory too, just as pleasant feelings are. They belong to no one. There is no one who feels empty or sad or depressed. These feelings have just arisen within consciousness and now they must be allowed to fall away. You can begin practicing Vipassanna meditation if you are up to it. It will help you see how emptiness is really the natural state of being. This emptiness is not a void of nonexistence, but a stillness with no qualities attached. Dwelling here allows for a deep sense of tranquility and contentment.