1 (a): containing nothing; (b): not occupied or inhabited; (c): unfrequent; (d): not pregnant; (e): null
2 (a): lacking reality, substance, meaning, or value: hollow; (b): destitute of effect or force; (c): devoid of sense: foolish
3: hungry
4 (a): idle; (b): having no purpose or result: useless
5: marked by the absence of human life, activity, or comfort

Source: www.merriam-webster.com


Empty (adj.): c. 1200, from Old English aemettig “at leisure, not occupied; unmarried,”  also “containing nothing, unoccupied,” from aemetta “leisure,” from ae “not” + –metta, from motan “to have.”

Sense evolution from “at leisure” to “containing nothing, unoccupied” is paralleled in several languages, such as Modern Greek adeios “empty,” originally “freedom from fear,” from deios “fear.”  “The adj. adeios must have been applied first to person who enjoyed freedom from duties, leisure, and so were unoccupied, whence it was extended to objects that were unoccupied” [Buck].  Figurative sense of empty-nester attested by 1960.


Source: etymonline.com


“I'd rather love a million times and have my heart broken every time, than hold a permanently empty heart forever.” 

H.C. Aye (writer of literature, fiction science fiction, and young adult books; she is also an editor, graphic designer, and student)

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"Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it."

Stephen Hawkins (b. 1942, English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge; first to set forth a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics)

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“You must know nothing before you can learn something, and be empty before you can be filled. Is not the emptiness of the bowl what makes it useful? As for laws, a parrot can repeat them word for word. Their spirit is something else again. As for governing, one must first be lowest before being highest.” 

Lloyd Alexander (1924-2007, American author of more than forty books, primarily fantasy novels for children and young adults)

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"An empty stomach is not a good political adviser."

Albert Einstein (1879-1955, one of the most famous, iconic, influential and universally admired people in human history; in addition to being a pre-eminent scientist and theoretical physicist, he was also a humanist and philosopher)

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"Thoughts without content are empty, intuitions without concepts are blind." 

Immanuel Kant (1724-1804, German critical philosopher, a central figure in modern philosophy)

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“Work gives you meaning and purpose and life is empty without it.”

Stephen Hawkins


I’ve been thinking a great deal about self-emptying, especially during this time of Lent, a Christian period of fasting, purification, and reflection.  It’s also a prelude to Easter, spring, and our time of renewal.

I find it also interesting that this Lent postdates two eclipses we had this month.  So, if you are feeling particularly sensitive, do not dismay.  This cycle is all about resetting our spiritual and mental clocks so we can change, transition, and transform into something more.  In other words, if you feeling a bit challenge right now, it may mean you are on the cusp of opening up, feeling more, and tapping into a reservoir of greater potential and flow.

Our disciplines of self-emptying are important, because these spiritual practices allow us to surrender our superficial entrapments, and open up spaces to a deeper knowing of our humanity and of divinity.

We must let go of the old information that no longer works for us personally, to make room for new knowledge, experience, and wisdom.   It’s a lot like spring cleaning.  If we don’t get rid the stuff that no longer fits us, we won’t be able to fit new clothes into our closets.

This is our real work, to rewire our minds, enlarge our capabilities for learning, and to search out what fulfills our lives.

It is our personalized spiritual practices that allow us to open and receive the divinely-directed quantum gifts that are necessary for our creative growth and wellbeing.

Sojourners, let us continue to gather our strength so we can empty and work hard for all that serves and nurtures us personally and collectively.

Faithfully Yours, Tonya







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