Emptiness (sometimes referred to as Śūnyatā) is the theory that phenomenon do not have independent existence. Phenomenon have no unchanging, fundamental, core nature or identity. No “definitive”, “constant”, “true” or “real” way that they “absolutely” and “actually” are. Instead phenomena necessarily exist in co-relation to one another. It is the interactions and relationships between phenomena that lend them reliant existence and dependent identity.
Embodiment is the theory that the mind and body are indivisible. That the bodily experience takes primacy over a mind whose nature is defined by bodily experience. As a result all phenomena are rooted in our bodily experiences. All meaning, perception, thought and intuition is rooted in bodily experience and all are contingent on the human form. We apply meaning to the concept of happiness as a metaphorical extension of the experience of upward movement and so on.
The theory of Western theory of Embodiment supports the Eastern theory of Emptiness. In fact Embodiment provides an elegant mechanism by which Emptiness may operate. Nothing we experience can be objectively or transcendentally “real” when everything we experience from meaning to motion is embodied. As a result of the embodiment of the human mind, all phenomena are necessarily empty of independent existence.
This opens a door for a new form of truth, an embodied realism. In embodied realism concepts are no longer taken to be subjective labels for objective phenomena. Concepts (both literal and metaphorical) are instead constructive. They are creative forces that construct the meaning and narrative of our reality. Of course these narratives and meanings, be they your life story or cherished personal beliefs are completely empty of independent existence as a result of their embodiment.