Humility is the understanding that one doesn’t know; or that, perhaps, there is more to know. The idea that one ‘knows’ has to be set aside, so that the mind is empty to receive.
There are certain things one can do to stay humble. Being in a body is one of them. As long as I am in this body, it’s a guarantee that I will have new things to learn.
Studying or visiting teachers such as Sri M – this shows me again and again that no matter how much I have studied or how long I have meditated, there are souls far, far advanced from my own.
Having a new puppy – so much life, so much youthful ignorance, so much neediness. Much like me, but much cuter.
Why seek humility? As Sri M says, ‘the mind must be empty to receive.
And besides, the alternative is sooo much work. It’s much easier to say, ‘I don’t know,’ than to pretend I do know.
And one other thing: when life feels like being run over by a truck, I’ve learned to say to myself, ‘It will be interesting to see how this turns out.’
Today I will assume that I have something to learn, and that life/God/nature will be more than happy to teach me, if only I ask.
Bud Powell, 8 weeks, Studio City, CA