On your adventure through life, have you ever discovered that you learnt something as a child, however as you progress through life you questioned what you had learnt? Then, later on, found you need to untangle what you had learnt as those thoughts of beliefs were no longer serving you and you decided to relearn a new way of being?

For me one of my own adventures of learning and unlearning and relearning centred around being enough. What I am grateful for is that I learnt about the concept of unlearn and relearn and it is working for me.

I would like to tell you a small story about the learning process. This story is from the book titled Zen Flesh and Bones: A collection of Zen and pre Zen writings

“Nan- in a Japanese master during the Meiji era (1868 to 1912) received a University professor who came to inquire about Zen. Nan-in served tea. He poured is visitor’s cup full and then kept on pouring.

The professor watched the overflow until he no longer could resist 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?” “

I like the tea story. It is a glorious reminder that to learn we have to be humble and need to empty our minds and make more for the new.

How does learning and learning and relearning relate to you in your own life? Feel free to share your insights in the comment box below.

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