Lets dedicate this day to diverting our attention to space. Whenever you remember, please contemplate space. Notice the space in the room you’re sitting in. The space outdoors. The vastness of the sky. The space between trees. The space between people. The space between things. The space between sounds, thoughts, movements, breaths, heart bits etc. etc. As much as you can, please pay attention to space.
If you take this far enough it will take you a much shorter time then it took me to realize that at least 98% of our perceived “reality” is empty space. If you take that further, you will find out that all “things” vegetation, plants, rocks, animals, food, human bodies – everything – is merely a composition of the great four elements: earth, water, fire and air. If you take that a few steps deeper you will eventually realize that “reality” is the only word in any language that should always be used in quotes.
The deeper we go with that contemplation we reach a place where it is no longer possible to look at a world that appears real, local, consistent, and causal, and believe with full conviction that we perceive the whole of “reality”. Nor can we say that we know what “reality” we perceive. Or who perceives “reality”.
However, if we intentionally divert our attention in a slightly different way we miraculously find out that the “space” is filled with infinite unconditional love, limitless compassion, boundless joy and sublime peace. It is filled with beauty, gratefulness and appreciation. We also find out that, no matter how loving we already are, or how cynical or even evil we perceive ourselves to be, the capacity to love and care far exceeds anything we could ever imagine.
It’s THE capacity to love. Not “my” capacity or “your” capacity. If we take this far enough we find out that the heart is as wide as the world. That the heart is the world.
Nisargadatta Maharaj summarized this, seemingly contradiction, simple and perfect:
Wisdom tells me that I am nothing
Love tells me that I am everything.
Between the two my life flower
May we allow God to speak from the silence of our hearts. May we live gracefully.