Sometimes we feel an inner sense of emptiness.
Who or what is this "we"? Are you a "we"? Is this your own, personal experience? Who/what are you? The ego or the Infinite?
Sometimes we feel an inner sense of emptiness. When we look within, it seems like nothing is there, so we distract ourselves with something on the outside, like food or television. And yet, these outer distractions take care of the emptiness only temporarily; they capture our attention only temporarily. When the distraction is over, the emptiness returns.
Does this happen to or for you, personally? Who/what are you?
What is it about emptiness that makes us want to move away from it?
I don't know about you or this "us" but I, the ego, want to get away from it ASAP because it threatens me - the EGO.
Is emptiness really a bad sensation? When you consider the literal meaning of emptiness, how can it be a problem? Is it possible for “nothing” to hurt you? Is that sense of emptiness, that empty feeling, actually uncomfortable, or is the restlessness and activity of trying to distract yourself or avoid the emptiness what is uncomfortable?
All I know is that it sure bugs me - the EGO.
This is an important distinction. We are so used to assuming that feelings of lack, emptiness, or something missing are a problem that we are uncomfortable when that is our experience.
I still don't quite know who or what this "we" is or even who you are since you don't speak for your self but, I (the ego) am just uncomfortable with any kind of lack, emptiness or something missing and that makes me feel "bad" or frightened.
But is the emptiness the source of our discomfort?
As the ego - yes!
Or is what we do in response to the emptiness the source of our discomfort, including the stories we tell ourselves and the judgments about the fact that we feel empty?
You're going a little beyond me here but, I, the ego, will do just about anything to stop or at least reduce any feelings of emptiness, lack, or something missing just to get back to feelings of safety and pleasure.
It’s not our fault that we tend to avoid feelings of emptiness.
As the ego, IT IS MY FAULT! I get unhappy and worried when things don't go my way and I'll reach for anything to avoid feelings of emptiness!
We were taught to do this by everyone around us who was doing it.
Yes, of course, I've been surrounded by other egos my whole life except for an occasional guru or sage. My egoic parents started me off on my egoic patterns and solutions followed by other influential egos!
In fact, there’s a good reason to avoid one's feeling of emptiness—the feeling of hunger—since we need to eat when we’re hungry. However, we often interpret a feeling of lack as a need for food.
OK, now you (whoever you are) are talking about the ego's addiction to food or "food is love" concept. It's quite common in our ego dominated culture!
Have you ever eaten when you weren’t hungry to try to distract or relieve yourself from a feeling?
I, the ego, have not but I sure know a lot of folks who are caught in the egoic need for food as love patterns and they are OBESE!!! Walk into a food court and look at all the OVER WEIGHT people/egos there! This is a 100% ego problem. It makes me (the ego) SICK to see it!
It’s possible to simply experience the sensations of emptiness or lack and discover that they aren’t so bad. Try it and see for yourself:
I'd say it is possible but NOT FOR ME - THE EGO! The ego is actually incapable of such self respect and self control whereas the Real You/Me is and is never stuck in any of these egoic patterns that you (whoever you are) seem to know all about. I wonder if you have even seen the difference between the egoic you and the selfless you? Only the selfless one can step around or over all these egoic issues but it requires discovering your true nature as the Infinite All and then the ego cannot and will not mess up your life any more. Try it and see for your self.