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Admit That You Are Nothing

The majority of most people’s lives are spent in pursuit of something: becoming something, getting something, or possessing something. The majority of most people’s lives are spent dreaming about what they desire. The majority of most people’s lives are lived attempting to obtain that which they will never obtain. The majority of most people’s lives are spent in a state of dissatisfaction because they are not all that they want to be or that they do not possess all that they wish to possess. Due to the factors, the majority of most people spend their entire life in a state of discontentment, displeasure, disappointment, and frustration.
What if you accepted the fact that you were nothing? What if you did not attempt to achieve anything? What if your life was not defined by your desiring to become something? What if you simply admitted that you were nothing? Wouldn’t everything become a whole lot easier?
In Zen Buddhism there is the concept of, “Wu.” Wu means, “No thing.” Not, “Nothing,” in the sense of something. But, “No thing,” in the sense that everything has no absolute validity.
In Zen Buddhism there is also the concept of, “Sunyata,” Sunyata describes the fact that all things are empty. That all things have no absolute essence; they are simply a projection of the mind.
Think of your life. Think of all the things that your desires have led you to do. Think of all the pain you caused to the life of other people and to your own life due to the pursuit of your desires. Think what your life and the life of other people would have been like if you did not walk down the path of desire.
Think of all the things you have done; the actions you have taken and the money you have spent in order to become who you wanted to be and in order to own all that you wanted to possess. Think what your life would have been like if you had not done those things and spent that money.
Becoming nothing is the easiest thing in the world. You just surrender to the fact of nothingness. You do not have to do anything. You simply submit. By submitting you Become. In fact, if you do submit to the nothingness, in Zen Buddhist understanding, you have become the ultimate example of life. Yet, how few people desire to follow that path?
Can you embrace the no-thing-ness? Can you re-embrace your ultimate essence? If you can, all things fall into place; your life and the world become perfect in their simplicity. 
Try it. Even if you do it for a moment here or there you will gain vast new understandings into the ultimate truth of your existence.