Have you examined a vessel? Anyone will do; one you have cherished and know deeply will do very well!
As container, it holds the space of emptiness. Not alone container, not alone space.
I ask only that you look. There are several choices for seeing:
*You may see this inquiry as silliness and return to something more useful.
*You may see this inquiry as interesting, noting that you see vessel as one: disregarding the space within, seeing walls and openings, and calling it beautiful. Since you've chosen to dance here, I ask you: what do these walls contain? What do the openings open into? Examine and explore. What do you discover?
*You may see vessel as two: container and space within. Is the space within different space from the space outside the container's walls? Does the container hold the space? Does the space hold the container? Where does the space end and the container begin? Can you find this place? Are they made of different substance? What is this substance? What do you discover?
It is ever-so-much fun to dance with you!
The invitation is to leave it alone. To let life be. To know yourself as being lived. That is what is happening here. Life is alive as you, through your breath, through your being. Don't look for it elsewhere. It does you and undoes you, over and over again. You are not the doer. Stop claiming that you are, and your relentless despair of knowing you are not, will dissolve. The belief in the doer, in the future, in something rich and magical beyond this place, is what deadens you, and crushes your heart. The belief in something greater than this has held you captive, left you for dead. And yet you fear death. The only death you will ever know is this lifeless longing. Question these beliefs, awaken from them, and live it out loud. Then you will know yourself as boundless life, as freedom, and your body will age and die fully alive, without regret, endlessly beautiful.
Analisa Domenica is a naturalist minister and mentor, in private practice as a Doula for living and dying. She offers private mentoring sessions, end-of-life preparation & transition support, bereavement, home death, funeral, and natural burial guidance, and laying-on-of-hands for comfort care and pain release. Analisa joyfully celebrates weddings and memorials, according to your faith or secular tradition. She is available to private clients, small groups, and for public education. Find out more about her by clicking here.
'Li' lives and works in Mill Spring, NC, a stone or two's throw from Asheville, NC and Greenville/Spartanburg, SC. She also works globally via phone and zoom. You may reach her by phone at 828.429.0096 or write to her by clicking here.