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Empty Your Cup, 2016 is Here!

Illustration by Teresa Villegas Happy New Year! I began thinking about the coming year and all the new ideas and journeys I want to put into place and experience. Interestingly enough, a zen koan came to mind from a book I read many years ago. It's been retold in various ways, and my retelling here is another addition among millions I'm sure. I like this story every time I read it or hear it again and again. It's a great reminder that in order to learn, we have to be humble, to empty our mind and make room for the new.   A Cup of Tea Nan-in, a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868-1912), received a student who came to inquire about something he wished to understand....

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