1-4a Stand Each Thing On Its Absence

Close your eyes and breathe out.

You are standing on a clear surface, like a frozen lake, or a sheet of glass.

Beneath you,
you perceive
an upside-down reflection of you.

Look down into your reflection.

See that within it is a void, a nothingness.

Feel into this hollowness beneath you. Feel into the place where you are no-thing.

How does this feel?
Now, as you look down into your reflection, feel into your hereness,
your body’s substance
casting this reflection.

How does this feel?
See if you can hold both feelings— substance and void—
at the same time.
See what happens now.

Breathe out and open your eyes.