Have a different relationship with a void

What is the verb most associated with a void? It’s “fill.” It’s not desirable. It needs to be eliminated by filling it.

This is a white idea.

For instance, in my culture, a void (間、空間) is a name of that space. A void is a presence of a void not absence of something else. People don’t move to fill it just because it’s there.

The void is where creativity lives. The void is space. The void is freedom from stuff.

Let me put it another way. The void is a non-verbal silence. And people have such an uncomfortable relationship with silence. I attended many workshops that centred around silence (mindfulness, meditation, and active listening). And what I noticed is that, outside of actual exercises, the instructors / facilitators didn’t let silence happen. Then followed each sentence with “uhm…” They jumped in when someone else paused. They just generally and urgently filled silences, unless it was within an exercise.

The process of workshop has to reflect the content of the workshop, and a mismatch is a quick way to detect a book-smart instructor who hasn’t done the work of embodying it.

Besides, respect for void / silence or any kind of worldview-based mindsets aren’t something you can turn on and off with the exercise. The exercises help you cultivate these mindsets, which you then need to carry through your life.

Do you have a relationship with a void? Is it one you want?

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