"Empty Your Cup"
“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi
"I will empty my cup so that it may be filled"
There is an old Buddhist story of this saying about a scholar and a zen master. Scholar Tokusan, who was full of knowledge and opinions about the dharma, came to Ryutan and asked about Zen. At one point Ryutan re-filled his guest's teacup, but did not stop pouring when the cup was full. Tea spilled out and ran over the table. "Stop! The cup is full!" said Tokusan. "Exactly," said Master Ryutan. "You are like this cup; you are full of ideas. You come and ask for teaching, but your cup is full; I can't put anything in. Before I can teach you, you'll have to empty your cup."
This could be relevant to us in many ways that we don't even realize. By the time we reach adulthood, we are filled with a superior knowingness of things - whether it is through studies or personal experience - whatever it is, as humans, we tend to filter through assumptions and classify things to fit into the knowledge that we already possess. This is kind of just the natural way that we first start to learn; a technique of learning to tie an idea to another to make sense of it. This works as we indulge in expanding knowledge, but can limit us from thinking outside the box at times.
This is a part of the process of peeling the layers, of shedding away pride and noticing the voice of ego. To empty our cup also correlates to the way we are able to communicate with others; it may help in the practice of being good listeners, of being more present, and of seeing the teaching and reflection in all within our life. It's a practice of listening with honesty (to not only the other speaking but to ourselves as well) and opening the center of truth, understanding, and radical acceptance.
Our entire Earthly experience is designed to be a classroom for the soul.
Ask yourself, "what have I learned lately?" "am I willing to learn?" Keeping an open mind, inviting space for growth and healing- and (re)learning this always.
Sending good vibrations your way~
ONE LOVE! xx