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 have recently begun to study Aiki-Jujitsu. I am excited to learn new things, but I seem to have a problem. When I get to class and begin training I automatically begin trying to relate what I am doing in that class to my FMA training. While this isn't a horrible thing, it does distract me from learning. It reminds me of this story. The theory is simple enough to grasp. You must be open to learning. It's the application I find I have trouble with. I wondered if anyone else had similar experiences, or advise they would like to share.