SEED TIP OF THE MONTH | JULY
Emptying the Mind for New Insights
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
replies, “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
everyone maintain a more
empty and open mind. People
listen and everyone learns.
New wisdom and discovery
emerge in the space between
us--that's the magic
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.