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The following morning, before breakfast, I pulled my winter jacket and boots on and ventured outside to be alone and to feel the cold air on my face. I walked down to the lake. It was just before sunrise.

Sky Lake. December, 2009.

Sky Lake, December 2009

It was a rigorous retreat, with days full of studying and interviews. We sat in groups, meditating, talking about our experiences, studying lineages and texts on shunyata—unraveling the experience of “emptiness.” I went to bed the night before our final day feeling tired and obtuse, my head full of thoughts and ideas that wouldn’t coalesce. The following morning, before breakfast, I pulled my winter jacket and boots on and ventured outside to be alone and to feel the cold air on my face. I walked down to the lake. It was just before sunrise. Somewhere in the distance, a woodpecker knocked wood, his pecking urging me on. I walked along the lake listening to the sound of my boots packing snow under my feet, ambling for the small bridge that would let me cross to the other side. I stopped. Snow from a tree fell on my head catching me off guard, disrupting my thoughts. I looked up as the sun began cresting over a hill, its light reaching, touching tree tops. There was nothing to do at that moment except bear witness. When it was over, I turned and went back to the cabin. Later that morning, back in our groups, when it was my turn to be interviewed, I was asked, “What is emptiness?”

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About the author Walter

Walter lives and works in and around South Florida. When not practicing or studying acupuncture, you can find him at one of Miami’s beaches, or in a coffee shop lost in the pages of a good book. Walter enjoys diverse interests such as reading Tarot, practicing Qi Gong and Tai Chi, learning Buddhist dharma, practicing shamanic healing, writing for his blogs, reading Oriental philosophy, traveling to new places and old favorites, exploring contemplative photography with his iPhone, sitting quietly in meditation, practicing healthy fitness, and promoting wellbeing.

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