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?”


Sometimes you just have to stop and empty your mind to allow it to be filled, if you are constantly thinking, you have no time for the answers to come to you.

When you find your mind is jumbled and you don’t know where to start, rather than trying to think your way out. Stop. Take a deep breath. And go and do something else. Give your unconscious mind time to process the information and trust that it will find a result. It will!