empty pottery bowl

The potter knows she plays with clay but works with space,

For the use of the bowl is its empty space.

It is the same with the room,

Made whole by the emptiness between the walls.

Remember that something is not everything.

Nothing is also essential. *

~ Lao Tzu


We forget about the space in which all comes into being.

This is a lovely reminder for me today.

Nothing is also essential.


… Tell that to the cat.

cat and empty bowl


*Braun Jr., John; Tzu, Lao; von Bargen, Julian; Warkentin, David (2012-12-02). Tao Te Ching (Kindle Locations 211-215). . Kindle Edition.

About Val Boyko

Val Boyko is originally from Scotland and came to the United States over 25 years ago. At "Find Your Middle Ground" Val brings together her experience as a life coach, yoga teacher and mentor, to inspire awakening to the light and inspiration within us all. This blog is a place of exploration and discovery as we all explore finding harmony and peace, in the highs and lows of life 💛

63 comments on “* Tao Inspiration – Space

  1. ahhh, yes. Sometimes I wish for nothing but…nothing. That’s when I realize how essential it is.

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  2. You are also essential, Val. And that’s something.

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  3. A lovely reminder for me too! Thanks Val.

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  4. “Remember that something is not everything.” Yes! Thank you, Val.

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  5. Discussing with my cat at this moment!

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  7. Space! That intangible yet vital element of sanity!

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  8. soulspeak2013

    Reblogged this on At the Table, On my Plate and commented:

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  9. Greetings Val,

    Your post was my inspiration for my daily post. We also miss what illuminates our seeing anything.


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  10. whenwedon’tmakeroomforspaceinourliveseverythingrunstogetherandwenolongerseetheforestforthetreesspaceprovidesthedefinitionweneedforclarity

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  11. Worth thinking about. But. I won’t tell the cats. they prefer climbing over stuff. Emptiness seems to bother them.

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  12. suzicate

    I’d never heard that quote, love it.

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  13. 🙂 Big smiles.. Yes it is the space which holds it all together.. and the space which makes the vessel.. 🙂


  14. Makes me think of my brain. Sitting between the walls of my skull. We think that the brain is what fills that space, but really it is only a venue for the vast emptiness of my greater mind.

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  15. A perfect thought to take into the weekend. And, can’t help but mentioning that this reminds me of a birthday card I received a few years ago –
    A picture of the Dalai Lama opening a gift from his followers.
    He opens the box and exclaims
    “Just what I wanted! Nothing!”

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  16. I suspect the cat does not agree! But I still loved this post.


  17. Beautiful truth. Thanks, Val. 🙂

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  18. Ah we need emptiness and space! It is so good for my soul. 🙂

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  19. Walking My Path: Mindful Wanderings in Nature

    Haha! Tell that to the cat! 🙂

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  20. Carol Ferenc

    My cats would never understand! They must have their food, toys, pillows, hugs, and on and on . . .

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  21. Love this post, Val, as time and space have long fascinated me.

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  22. i’m more content
    to space out
    on this, Val 🙂

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  23. A lovely, quiet reminder as I strive to empty my office of various unused piles.

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  24. This is a fantastic perspective on so many things … that the space has meaning once the walls have been put up. I wonder what happens when the walls crash down?

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  25. Right now I’m grateful for my own space, the silence, the nothing. And your last remark and picture made me smile 🙂

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  26. “Nothing is essential as everything is to space in it”.

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  27. There is nothing and everything in space, for nothing, or ‘shunyata’, is everything.

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  28. @”Tell that to the cat.” – I do, every day… and he does agree with me! 🙂

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