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Emptying the Mind for New Insights


SEED Stretch
Overflowing tea

There is a Zen story of a professor who goes to see a monk.  The monk welcomes him, and the professor explains that he has come seeking wisdom from the monk.  With that, the professor begins to talk endlessly about his knowledge and what he has done in the world.  Finally the monk asks the professor if he would like some tea.  The professor nods yes, continuing to speak about his accomplishments.


The monk sets a cup in front of the professor and begins to pour.  He continues pouring the tea
until the cup is overflowing, and
the tea is spilling over on the
floor. The astonished
professor jumps up.


“What are you doing?”


“This cup,” the monk
“is very much like your mind.
It doesn’t have room 
for anything
else because it is already full.”



Is your mind filled up to the point of overflow?  How do you empty it?


Two-week vacations can be helpful.  What else enables you to clear your head and regain an expanded perspective and capacity for openness?  Vacations are few and far between, relative to the daily onslaught of information flying at us and questions arising. 


At SEED we offer this simple
set of intentions to set the tone
for a more productive meeting.
Holding these 
intentions helps
maintain a more
empty and 
open mind. People
and everyone learns.
wisdom and discovery 
emerge in the space between
hat's the magic
of dialogue. 


We invite you to share this

in your meetings, or whenever

you want folks to let go of

being right and become open

to other perspectives. 

We’d love to hear how this works for you. Send an email or give a ring: 718-793-6509.

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December 2016 – Are We Facing Our Fears?

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October 2016 – How Are You Watering Your Own Garden?

September 2016 – What Did You Do On Your Summer Vacation?

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July 2016 – Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

June 2016 – What Is Your Secret Sauce? 

May 2016 – Changing the World and Reporting It, One Butterfly at a Time

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March 2016 – Listening For What is Trying to Happen

February 2016 – How Do You Get to Carnegie Hall?

January 2016 – New Year. New Possibilities. Get On It. 


December 2015 – Trust: A Gift that Keeps on Giving

November  2015 – A Team that Reflects Together ... Rocks

October 2015 – Are You Contributing from Your Sweet Spot?

September 2015 – What Did You Do on Your Summer Vacation?

August 2015 – Emptying the Page to Empty the Mind

July 2015 – Emptying the Mind for New Insights

June 2015 – What do we do when our beautiful plans get derailed?

May 2015 – Who will Bring Your Plans To Life?

April 2015 – Planning with the Magic of Kairos Time

March 2015 – Vision Infused-Planning

February 2015 – Bringing Our Visions to Life

January 2015 – Visioning: We'll See It When We Believe It



December 2014 – Busting Out of the Habit of Critique

November 2014 – Enrolling Allies

October 2014 – Achieve Your Mission

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