Empty Your Cup

Empty Your Cup

Have you heard the proverb about a teacup☕️?

There once was a wise Zen master. 🕊People traveled from far and wide to learn from his wisdom. In return, he would offer advice that would guide them to enlightenment.

One day, a scholar came to visit for advice. “I have come to ask you to teach me about Zen,” the scholar requested.
Soon, it became obvious that the scholar was full of his own opinions and knowledge. He interrupted repeatedly with his own stories and failed to listen to what the master had to say. The master calmly suggested that they have some tea.


The master poured his guest a cup. The cup was filled, yet he kept pouring until the cup overflowed onto the table, onto the floor, and finally onto the scholar’s robes. The scholar cried “Stop! ✋🛑The cup is full already. Can’t you see?”
“Exactly,” the Zen master replied with a smile. “You are like this cup — so full of ideas that nothing more can fit in. Come back to me with an empty cup.”

This fable urges us to stay humble, open ourselves to new ideas, and be willing to change our preconceptions.

The best way I have found to empty my cup is using daily meditation. Adding a meditation to your daily tea ritual helps you to open your mind and respond from a place of calm rather than react from any lower vibration emotions.

How do you empty your cup? 
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