In the Gap
There are times in life when you feel in 'the gap' – there certainly were in mine – you have been on a direction, circumstances seemed clear and there was a certain predictability to where your path leads. Suddenly by change of life's circumstance, some loss or a deep inner change you find yourself in uncharted territory – nothing to hold onto, no sense of what lies ahead – you're in the land of nothingness and existence has given you a gap, a space to reconnect - consider yourself lucky for you can earn the chance to become existential once again. Take courage and face, even treasure the insecurity and unpredictability of it all – because the beauty is that in the gap you can't escape this moment 'Now'.
Osho makes a beautiful play on the word 'Nothingness' as used by the Buddha:
“Buddha has chosen one of the really very potential words -- SHUNYATA. The English word, the English equivalent, 'nothingness', is not such a beautiful word. That's why I would like to make it 'no-thingness' -- because the nothing is not just nothing, it is all. It is vibrant with all possibilities. It is potential, absolute potential. It is un-manifest yet, but it contains all.
'RAIN, HAIL, SNOW AND ICE ARE DIVIDED FROM ONE ANOTHER;
BUT AFTER THEY FALL,
THEY ARE THE SAME WATER OF THE STREAM IN THE VALLEY'
And so we all disappear into nature when we fall back. In the beginning is nature, in the end is nature, so why in the middle do you make so much fuss? WHY in the middle? Becoming so much worried, so much anxious, so much ambitious -- why create such despair?
Nothingness to nothingness is the whole journey.”
This is the invitation of the meditation camps – to just come, participate, go through the process that helps you to put aside the mind and its worries and find relaxation in a vibrant silence.