Taoism and the Void / Abyss as a Multi-Talent

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Void – completely empty

Abyss – a deep or seemingly bottomless chasm

The dark black empty feeling or the edge of the precipice of not knowing what is wrong with you.

Many times as a multi-talent fitting in is a staggering challenge.  The factor that there is no one that you can relate to or that can relate to you is devastating.  The feeling of loneliness is all encompassing that can lead to the sense of being on the edge of an abyss.  There is internal chaos and yet the lack of feeling, a void.

Taoism is the process of self-acceptance and also a process of healing.

“The surest way to become Tense, Awkward, and Confused is to develop a mind that tries too hard – one that thinks too much.”
― Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh

As part of the way, Taoism, to those unwilling to accept me for my true nature, silently let them be themselves as I remain myself.

Perceiving the need in life to fit in may mean copying others, simulating mediocrity, dumbing down, withholding and not engaging with our abilities, or….  This does create tension, awkwardness, and confusion within us.

We can be subject to ridicule, bullying, shunning, rejection, exclusion from others in addition to our own withdrawal.  The experience is of hurt, sadness, pain, disbelief in ourselves and the world.

“Sooner or later, we are bound to discover some things about ourselves that we don’t like. But once we see they’re there, we can decide what we want to do with them. Do we want to get rid of them completely, change them into other things, or use them in beneficial ways? The last two approaches are often especially Useful, since they avoid head on conflict, and therefore minimize struggle. Also, they allow those transformed characteristics to be added to the list of things we have that help us out.

In a similar manner, instead of struggling to erase what are referred to as negative emotions, we can learn to use them in positive ways. We could describe the principle like this: while pounding on the piano keys may produce noise, removing them doesn’t exactly further the creation of music.”
― Benjamin HoffThe Tao of Pooh

Overcoming our perspective, looking through a different set of lenses, provides us the opportunity to expand our experience and accept who we are and accept others.  We can follow our breath and find peace.  With opening of a smile we can enable possibilities.

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