Every morning my husband gently wakes me up by cuddling close. This morning he said to me: My teacup.
My eyes opened up wide and I asked him: Are you calling me a teacup?
Lovingly he said: Yes, you are my teacup.
As I closed my eyes again, I saw a small teacup made of white porcelain with pink roses on it; it’s resilient and shatterproof.
I told him what I saw and he nodded to agree. And then I said: But this teacup is always empty because I will drink up whatever is in it very fast so that it has room to receive more.
Then I’ll just keep filling it up with more love, he said.
Our conversation reminds me of the story about the monk and the overfilled teacup;
A scholar visited an old monk to discuss Buddhism. While the monk prepared tea, the scholar bragged on and on about all he had learned at the university. As the scholar continued to speak, the monk continued pouring his tea. Suddenly, the scholar stopped and jumped up as he realized that the tea was pouring onto his leg. The monk had continued to fill the scholar’s teacup though it was already full. The scholar shouted, “You old fool, the tea is overflowing!”
The monk calmly replied, “A cup that is already full has no room to receive.”
This story expresses the importance of having an open mind and a willingness to listen and receive new information.
For decades, we have been told that fat is bad for health, to eat less meat and eat more carbs. Today more people are overweight and obese. Diabetes is epidemic globally and health care costs are increasing. If that eating advice works, shouldn’t we have more healthy people today?
Despite the increase of diabetes, people still keep the old belief, doing the same thing over and over again, expecting a different result.
How many people are willing to empty their teacup in order to learn new information? A high fat low carb eating style has already worked for many to improve their blood glucose, insulin level and overall health.
Why would someone with this health concern chose to maintain their old beliefs and habits, hoping for a different result?
A tea for thought.
My favorite cup of tea is:
1 tablespoon of good quality Rooibos tea leaves
1 cup of hot water
1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream
Steep Rooibos tea leaves in hot water for 4 minutes. Strain the tea and add 1 tablespoon of heavy whipping cream. Stir it.
Bring the teacup close to the nose and inhale the aroma of the tea. Sip it slowly, feel the warmth of the tea flow through your senses.
As I was writing this blog, I came across this article of a world renown heart surgeon confession, Dr. Dwight Lundell.