Day 6 – How Do You Empty Your Cup?

Welcome back! Get ready to work with emotions and feelings as we enter the second phase of our Clarity Challenge. We’re going to find out how our feelings can create blocks or flow around clarity. <3

A Japanese Zen master 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?”

Substitute opinions and speculation, for feelings and emotions in your life. Consider that they’re the most reliable indicators of how things are going (and flowing) in your life. If your feelings cause you too much pain, to where you can’t or don’t want to feel them, you 'stuff' them down until your cup is overflowing. You keep pouring and get overwhelmed until you can’t take anymore.

How then, do you empty your cup? How do you express or deal with your emotions at that point? Do you explode at others, or implode on yourself? 

In the next few days let’s look at your default emotional settings to find and feel your flow (which is, knowing when to stop filling, and knowing how to empty your cup.)

Today’s Challenge:

Here’s a simple exercise to visualize your emotional flow.

When leave for work or start your day – fill a cup with water. Leave it somewhere where it won’t be disturbed for the rest of the day. In the evening, return to the cup. Think about anything that didn’t work for you during the day, any arguments you had with co-workers, or goals you didn’t complete. Then pour out the cup (on a plant please) and picture everything that didn’t work today, emptying out. Feel the relaease. Know that you are now You are free for another day.

Do this every day, or whenever you are experiencing overwhelm, as a way to hold space for your clarity.

Until tomorrow…stay clear!


Susan & Jen