Anna believes that the concept of emptiness is a powerful tool for spiritual growth and understanding. At its core, emptiness is the recognition that all things in the universe are interconnected and interdependent. This includes everything from the smallest subatomic particle to the largest galaxies and beyond. This interconnectedness means that nothing exists in isolation, but rather, everything is part of a larger, more complex web of relationships and interactions.
For Anna, this understanding of emptiness is entirely compatible with a belief in God. In fact, she sees the recognition of our interconnectedness as a way of deepening our faith and understanding of the divine. By recognizing the emptiness of all things, we can begin to see the divine presence that permeates everything around us. This presence is not limited to traditional religious symbols or institutions, but can be found in every aspect of our lives.
For Anna, this recognition of the divine presence in all things is a key aspect of her spiritual practice. She sees herself as part of the ongoing process of creation, and feels a deep sense of connection to the world and to the divine presence that is present in everything. This connection is not limited to a specific place or time, but rather, is something that can be experienced in every moment of our lives.
* A friend asks Anna what her church is and she says "the Earth." A friend asks her what her what God is and she says "the Deep Listening." A friends asks her what Emptiness is and she says "the dynamic interconnected whole of things." A friend asks her what kind of person she wants to be and she says "more open and more helpful." A friend asks her what her primary spiritual practices are and she says "hospice care, gardening, meditation, and being with my children." And friends asks her what community is and she says "Being with you and you with me, in loving ways, at this moment."