We can’t write a book without an empty piece of paper, and when our schedule is empty we can do anything we want. Hooray for emptiness. Emptiness signifies possibility. Emptiness allows for more room—in fact, limitless room—for things to arise. But it doesn’t make room for things; it describes their very nature. So when we realize the nature of emptiness, it means we know the boundarylessness nature of things. Emptiness is just another way of saying that we can know things without objectifying them. Paradoxically, we can’t even talk about having a full experience without emptiness. Think about that.

– Elizabeth Mattis-Namgyel, The Power of an Open Question

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