Once, a professor went to a Zen Master.

He asked him to explain the meaning of Zen.

The Master quietly poured a cup of tea. ☕️ The cup was full but he continued to pour.

The professor could not stand this any longer, so he questioned the Master impatiently, “Why do you keep pouring when the cup is full?”

“I want to point out to you,” the Master said, “that you are similarly attempting to understand Zen while your mind is full.

First, empty your mind of preconceptions before you attempt to understand Zen.”


“When you change the way you look at things, the things you look at, change.”

How can you begin to change your preconceptions?

How do you begin to empty your mind of old preconceptions to allow room for new ideas in order to allow your growth?

Here are 2 ways:

(1) You are responsible for you & your life.

And you begin taking responsibility by:

Stop playing the victim to external circumstances and take responsibility for your life.

You are responsible for how you respond to life. No longer do you impulsively react. No longer do you blame others for any lack on your part.

(2) Success & Happiness is a choice.

Success, health, and happiness are all consequences.

They are by-products.

They are effects, not causes.

You can control the causes of these things, which are your behaviors.

Negative environmental factors? Change them.


If you want to be confident, that’s up to you.

If you want to be happy, that’s up to you.

If you want to be successful, that’s up to you.

Empty your mind.

Stay humble, open yourself to new ideas, and be willing to change your preconceptions…..

…watch what begins to happen ✨✨✨❤️

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