Thursday, March 23, 2006

Overfull

[a continuation on Tuesday's post: Seasons - Gagging on God]

"A university professor went to visit a famous Zen master. While the master quietly served tea, the professor talked about Zen. The master poured the visitor's cup to the brim, and then kept pouring. The professor watched the overflowing cup until he could no longer restrain himself. "It's overfull! No more will go in!" the professor blurted. "You are like this cup," the master replied, "How can I show you Zen unless you first empty your cup."


I'm in the process of emptying my cup.

5 comments:

anonymous julie said...

You're the second person to post that lately: here's the first.

Trev Diesel said...

Haha, holy crraap. Even his little "tag line" after the story is over is exactly like mine.

One of us must have ESPN.

kev said...

from "sharing the fruits of contemplation" in merton's new seeds of contemplation:

"God does not give His joy to us for ourselves alone, and if we could possess Him for ourselves alone we would not possess Him at all. Any joy that does not overflow from our souls and help other men to rejoice in God does not come to us from God. (But do not think that you have to see how it overflows into the souls of others. In the economy of His grace, you may be sharing His gifts with someone you will never know until you get to heaven.)"

maybe you're right there, full of grace and joy, spiritually overflowing, and instead of taking a step back, maintain the crescendo and let it flow.

kev said...

question, dude: if you're on a spiritual break, what exactly does that mean for you? where are you gonna go, mentally, physically, and so on? what's so different; is your spirituality determined by your actions? i realize i've been laying out advice to keep at it to a certain extent, but really i should be asking, what's different about trev diesel when he's not bummin' cigs off God?

dunno, man, just putting it out there. like, wondering if christ ever thought of gettin' a hooker 'cause he was tired. ;) hope you can dig into what i'm trying to get at.

Trev Diesel said...

I hear you pal. I doesn't mean much, actually.

It means I am going to take just a week or two and not read anything spiritual (or scriptural), not do my morning meditation, not get in super weighty conversations...

It's not a big break. I've just been "overwatering the plant" so to speak and so I'm just going to induldge in some "self" for a while - JUST long enough to get sick of it again and then start bumming cigs off God again.

He smokes "White Elephants," you know.