The discordant demands of the world can drown out your voice. You can get so used to hearing what politicians, advertisers, spiritual leaders, co-workers, family members, and friends need, or want you to need, that you can start to believe it’s what you actually need!
But living to satisfy others and not yourself leaves you feeling empty.
What’s worth noticing is that empty feeling. The emptiness is actually your voice. It’s calling out to you. It wants your attention.
Normally you might feel that emptiness and impulsively try to fill it with something, someone, or some activity. I know I have at times, and a lot of my clients have shared that they have done this too. It makes sense because we’ve been trained to act that way by the world. It’s not even questioned whether or not it actually works. Even though when we try and fill up the emptiness, it never seems to truly go away.
The emptiness never leaves because its your voice. A deep, innate, and compassionate part of you is requesting your attention. You never give up on yourself.
Rather than try and stifle, fill, or cover up the emptiness…take a moment to listen. Be with the sensation. In the same way you would sit with a friend, child, or animal who is sick or in pain. The emptiness is basically looking for you to fill its space. It wants you to come home to yourself.
When you don’t run from but meet the emptiness, the pain begins to fall away. That’s because you have been heard. The need to call out for attention is gone. There’s a deep satisfaction that comes which is greater than any temporary solution that was attempted in the past. You’re alive and well again.