A swimming pool offers a refreshing respite on a hot summer day. A pool may be a gathering place for friends and family, a fitness facility, a scenic backdrop for a late summer dinner under the stars or an afternoon luncheon.
It’s crystal blue water shimmers in the midday sun and beckons all who approach it with the grace of its cool waters.
We often forget that a swimming pool begins as a hole in the ground, an uprooting of earth to create a void.
This is the path of creation. Every creative project and endeavor begins with an uprooting, a clearing out, the emptiness of the void.
What to Do In the Empty Space
Grace fills empty spaces, but it can only enter where there is a void to receive it.
This is the message I received today from the Co-Star astrology app.
I taught a workshop this week in which the participants all shared their discomfort with empty space on their schedule. Their resistance to the emptiness is common.
We live in a culture that conditions us to believe that busy is a sign of success and a measure of our worth.
The void is uncomfortable.
We don’t know what to do with the empty space.
I have been practicing being in the emptiness for several years and I still feel uncomfortable with it. I can easily find things to fill the space in my day or create busy-ness in my mind, even when I know that what is most needed is rest and restoration.
This message reminded me there is nothing for us to do with the empty space.
The void is the container for grace.