I once heard this story from Martin Rooney, telling the Zen Story “A Cup of Tea”
A Cup of Tea
Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a university professor who came to inquire about Zen.
Nan-in served tea. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring.
The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself. “It is overfull. No more will go in!”
“Like this cup,” Nan-in said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”
In this day and age, we all believe what we want to a certain degree. If you do not allow yourself to open your mind to a new idea or way of practice, we cannot welcome new practice into our lives, in turn, standing still while technology advances, tried and true methods are explained in new light, and arrogance floods our mind, whether intentional or not.
In my profession, it is important to know your stuff. Likewise, important to learn new things, or old things. I consider myself a student 90% of the time through life. Although yes, I know a lot about some things, I am constantly learning about how different bodies work, how my own students interact with me and how to build a personal relationship with each of them.
So I challenge you, empty your cup. Open your mind, welcome new people and new ideas. Evolve in this technological era rather than stand still.