Attempting Emptiness

Meditation practices often ask us to empty our minds of thought. Even ritual prayer is said to be optimal when extraneous thought is absent and we are absorbed in the experience of the prayer.

When we enter a place leaving every thought about ourselves, our lives, the world, the past and the future at the entrance, what are we left with in that place?

When we look inside, into the emptiness, find that there is something there. We sense something. There is a presence, an essence, a hum…

When we attempt emptiness, we find a luminousness.

More than twenty years ago, I used a word – ‘isness’ – which I came across again today. This luminousness – isness.

And when we realize ourselves in this, which we can also call love – universal compassion naturally arises.

Sun over Ocean with Masjid