Azure wrote:But that doesn't get to the root of it. It doesn't help one understand why or how or what the reason is for this particular void or the desire. And to distract is just to avoid reality, surely?
Are you really ready to get rid of the root?
One Buddhist master said this:
“If you have fear of some pain or suffering, you should examine whether there is anything you can do about it. If you can, there is no need to worry about it; if you cannot do anything, then there is also no need to worry.”
The interest part is the last one.
If you can't do anything to your problem, why you shouldn't worry?
It is because your problem which you can't fix is by nature has the behavior of illusory.
If you want completely fix all your problems in life for once and for all, you should experience directly with vivid and clear experience the illusory of your problem.
This is where your meditation comes to play.
Letting go will not solve the problem.
You can let go, but it will come back again soon or later.
Instead you should seize it and look at it.
At the arising of illusory thoughts, one should not stop the mind, since the thoughts being stopped will become even more active. Witness for yourself as the reality witnesser the coming of thoughts and The ending of thoughts.
They come from nowhere and they go to nowhere.
Don't let it go. Don't anticipate them.
They come without your invitation. They go without your permission.
But no matter how they come and how they go, they come and go from nowhere.
That conviction of nowhere will give you solution for once and for all.
There is nothing to worry there even you can't fix your problem.
Now you are in trouble because you think that thought is real.
But if you can successfully confirm for yourself how illusory your thought is,
What it the point to worry illusory tiger cashing you?
Everything just melt.
You think you have a problem, but in reality you never have a problem.