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Posted by Fong Min Liao on

We live in a world of excess. And more and more these days, I want to shed this excess. I read somewhere once that “emptiness is a place of possibility.” It intrigued me and it enticed me. I am very well-versed in the concept of “starting over,” for I have lived through many phases in my life. But the intentions behind those new beginnings were always so that I could fill my world up again with a different form of determined excess.

This time, I seek a new beginning where I am intentionally keeping my world empty. This new desire is not a desire for the material or superfluous. It is a desire to understand, to listen, to see, to love and to feel. How can I truly indulge in these senses if I were already filled up with my own thoughts, opinions, perspectives and feelings? This is not to say to become mindless, heartless or have no sense of self. But rather, the question is, can you open your heart, mind and soul to what is unfamiliar, foreign and new?

There is a joy in finding pleasure in the simple things. And perhaps that starts with emptying our minds and our hearts. So that we can fill it up again with the possibilities that we once could not see.

It is a lifelong journey of refining and defining as you learn to find what brings you joy. A type of joy that cannot be taken away. Because it comes from within you. A place no one can touch. The possibilities are endless. But first, can you empty yourself?

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