Humility – January 20 2020

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.

Sri M

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 with a teacher such as Sri M shows me again and again that no matter how much I have studied or how long I have meditated, there are souls far more advanced than my own.

Raising a puppy – so much life, so much youthful ignorance, so much neediness. Much like me, but 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.

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 open myself to receive.

Bud Powell, LA Wash, Studio City CA

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