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Full Mind, Empty Mind

Sitting by a small cave the other day and humming, I noticed that I doubled my humming effort with the help of the echo.

And realized: “we have to empty ourselves so as to resonate (with What Is).”

We can be full of ourselves or we can be full of reality.

Mindfulness is not about fullness of mind: a mind full of itself is closed off to input.

Mindfulness is about being full of Reality: to make that happen, empty yourself out (to resonate with What Is).

Full Mind, Empty Mind

Pavel G. Somov, Ph.D.

Pavel Somov, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice and the author of 7 mindfulness-based self-help books. Several of his books have been translated into Chinese, Dutch & Portuguese. Somov is on the Advisory Board for the Mindfulness Project (London, UK). Somov has conducted numerous workshops on mindfulness-related topics and appeared on a number of radio programs. Somov's book website is and his practice website is

Marla Somova, Ph.D. is a licensed psychologist in private practice in Pittsburgh, PA. She is the co-author of "Smoke Free Smoke Break" (2011).

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Somov, P. (2015). Full Mind, Empty Mind. Psych Central. Retrieved on June 5, 2020, from


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