Empty Your Cup

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.

 

Beaner out!

 

Cobourg Naturals 2015

So I’ve sent off a few athletes to the stage! It’s been a peach getting to know these girls and how their bodies work.mightybeanzgirls3

Terri-Ann – from overworking and under-eating we took this girl and showed her peanut butter is OK, ALL OF THE TIME, two a days are not necessary when you’re a bikini athlete, and sometimes you get a little confused on peak week cuz you try starting your car with your hairbrush (I wish this actually happened, lol) What a workhorse though, so proud of your accomplishments in our short time together so far and look forward to the future!

Congrats on your 3rd place finish!!terri-ann terri-2

Jenny – trusted me to do a 180 with her previous methods. There is no questioning the work ethic in this little rocket. She makes it look easy and has never complained to me once. What a gem! Even more blessed to get to work with her at the Conditioning Club to bring up some weak points for next year. Going to be a breeze!!!!

Congrats on your 4th place Finish Jen!jennyb4th

Danielle – what can I not say about you. Your personality is infectious. You are the most positive person even in the worst of times. Coming from a huge weightloss, I have to say you exceeded my expectations in your athleticism. It’s unreal the amount you’ve grown as an athlete. You don’t “exercise” – you TRAIN! It’s been a pleasure, and I’m so proud you took the top 5 at your very first show! I will never forget the time you broke into tears when I told you that you were in the first callout – “no i’m not”….. Yep, you are!!

Congrats kiddo, so well deserved!danielle5th danielle5th2