The paradox of meditation: To empty the mind, or to become aware and fill it with the present? Are we paying attention to our now, or detaching from it?
By emptying the mind, we make space for awareness to enter. By accepting the awareness, we absorb it. By absorbing it, we expand our mind. Eventually, we are aware of everything, yet absorb it all and cling to none of it, and what's the difference between "full" and "empty"? Something only has "presence" if we give it attention. Existence is not presence. Awareness is not attention.
These are all abstractions though - the quote marks never lie. We experience each aspect in different manifestations: awareness as noticing and watching and listening, for example. Attention as anger and concentration and surprise, for example. Easier to understand things with names, things without quote marks.
Practice understanding without anger. Practice seeing without judging. Practice listening without humming. Slowly, the ability to absorb without worrying about it takes on its own strength. Slowly, the mind becomes full and empty at the same time.
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