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Improving the ability to empty on demand, little hesitation to spill what's given to fill up with something better.
For a guarantee I'll spill anything I already have.
Calculating gains I wake up already with a cup full of crimson desire, this hungry blood infection. Give me give me give me something new.
I'll empty my cup cause you told me I should.
In budo there is the analogy of the empty cup. If our cup is full we can't receive anything else. In order to learn or experience something new we must empty our cup. By practicing budo I've learned to cultivante an empty mind to learn new techniques. When I go to a class I have confidence in forgetting all else in order to focus on what I'm doing at that moment. However, the rest of the time my cup is overflowing with ideas of gain and elaborate plots of attainment at a terrifying speed.
On a day off I wake up and before I get out of bed I already have planned a day using every spare minute to achieve my desires. I leave nothing up to chance, the unknown, or the people around me because I'm just following the track of my obsessions. In that there is no life, no inspiration, no experience. Instead of taking advantage of the life I have and enjoying it, I'm wasting it all on mindlessness.
My cup is always full until someone tells me to empty it for something new.
What a waste.
What a low level of budo.
What small understanding.
Like this we wear budo apparel without changing anything on the inside. We are merely consumers paying for self-esteem and entertainment, but really it's just a lie.
I think if we want to really become the budo we practice, if we really want to experience the world honestly and do honor to the people we encounter, we must cultivate an empty cup from the beginning, and for no purpose at all.
We must be ready to accept whatever failure or success may come our way instead of paying for something before we even get started.
I'm sure I will experience more pain and suffering than I can ever imagine in my future. I'm also just as sure that I'll find joys I could not possibly comprehend.
I don't know these things, but I am not afraid.
An empty cup just because.