Emptying Your Cup

Lately I get to talk a lot about my favorite subject at the moment, our upcoming Thoughtless Retreat. And people asked why do we talk about thoughtless in a world where everybody is concerned about being mindful? There's a famous Zen story, I'd like to tell, which explains it beautifully.

A zen master received a visit of a student. He poured his visitor’s cup full, and then kept on pouring. The student watched the overflow until he no longer could restrain himself.

“It is overfull. No more will go in!”

“Like this cup,” the master said, “you are full of your own opinions and speculations. How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup?”

And that's what we hope to experience at our retreat. Only when we empty our mind, fresh, creative thinking can happen. All our wonderful collaborators bring their own tool box to help us loose our mind - yoga will be one of many offerings to help us learn to create a Thoughtless Space for ourselves.

The goal of yoga is to stop the fluctuations of the mind and I'm so excited to share this experience with you.