Emptiness is a hard thing to understand because it is something that we embody, rather than something our mind can grasp. That’s kind of the point.
This guided meditation helps you get a felt and intuitive understanding of emptiness. The aim isn’t to understand it intellectually, although that may be one piece of the puzzle. The aim is to feel it in your body, heart and soul.
1 – Put on a piece of music that resonates with you.
2 – Spend some time moving your awareness around. To the lyrics, to your body, to the room you’re in, to your emotions, to anything else that comes to mind.
3 – Now see if you can trace where the song is.
In the vibrations of the speakers?
In the phone or music system you’re playing it on?
In the servers where the data is stored?
In the ears that hear the notes?
In the mind that recognises the song?
In the notes that make up the tune?
In the emotional resonance that is what makes the difference between noise and music?
In the artist recording the song in the past?
In the entire history of everyone who will ever listen to the song?
4 – Notice how the song isn’t in any single one of these.
That doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist. The song exists in the relationship of all these things.
Why This is Important
Rather than replacing one conceptual truth for another, this understanding of emptiness humbles us into seeing that there is no objective truth. We can only sincerely embody what feels meaningful to us in this moment, in relationship with what is around us.
It also doesn’t undermine the physical reality we live in, which is vital for respecting things like climate change and people’s trauma.