In his book “Die Empty”, Todd Henry exhorts us to finish all that is most important to us, so that we have no regrets left when we die.
This put me to a thought—what about living empty? Can I live a life empty—empty of corruption, coercion, and cacophony?
Why do we allow people to corrupt our minds? Why do we let others to coerce us into doing things we don’t wish to? Why is that the cacophony always shuts our own voice?
The answers to my questions bred more questions. To get answers to the WHYs, we need to know the WHOs, WHATs, and WHEREs—the 3 Ws which weave us into woes.
What corrupts our minds? Who coerces us? Where from the cacophony comes?
I found simple answers. The culprits in each case are the authorities, or symbols and institutions of authority. Culprit is also our own slavery to the false and frivolous. They control, regulate, and mould our minds and lives. They rob us of our simplicity, free will, and joy of living.
Not all, but the worst among the society and its organs, the government and its myriad agencies, the religion and its various instruments, the hydra-headed politics, and the media in its traditional and modern avatars are these Whos, Whats, and Wheres.
Can we break free from their shackles? Bad news. In order to exist, we have to live with most of the monstrosities, including ourselves : )
I wonder whether we can try and choose the lesser evils. Can we select a lifestyle where the impact of the unwanted is minimal? Is it possible to create our comfort-cocoons where we can live the rare moments of joy and bliss?
To steal such moments, I have tried to let go—let go of the toxic, the negative, the nonsense.
I am able to let go when I cuddle the child in me, bring it out more often to play with me. The child in me, then, surrounds me.
In sunny winter mornings, I put my head on the dew kissed grass and leg up in the air, smile, and whistle the signature tune from the Clint Eastwood masterpiece: https://youtu.be/LdLQf1Ef9Ns
At such child, whistle, and leg-up moments, ‘The Good’ stays with me, ‘The Bad’ and ‘The Ugly’ leave.
These moments I live empty— free of cobwebs, clutters, and complexities… So empty, so light, so buoyant.
I live these empty moments every moment I want.
I think I can die empty if I live empty.
What do you think ?
Pics: “Live Empty” Moments