Powerful Modo Flow class today. Our intention came from a Dharma Talk excerpt from Pema Chodron. She has a unique way of sharing the teachings of Buddhism and making them accessible. I would not be afraid to say that her book “When Things Fall Apart” saved my life. With respect and humility I often use Pema to rock some sick intentions for our practice on the mat. Here is what I shared in opening Savasana:
“We already have everything we need. There is no need for self-improvement. All these trips that we lay on ourselves—the heavy-duty fearing that we’re bad and hoping that we’re good, the identities that we so dearly cling to, the rage, the jealousy and the addictions of all kinds—never touch our basic wealth. They are like clouds that temporarily block the sun. But all the time our warmth and brilliance are right here. This is who we really are. We are one blink of an eye away from being fully awake.”
On The Mat
During practice we returned to this simple and powerful statement, “We already have everything we need.” We have our breath, we have the ability to root. We have modifications to allow the posture to meet our bodies. We have the ability to work. As the heat got deeper, as the sweat poured off us, I encouraged the students to let their practice move those clouds that are temporary. Let your warmth and brilliance shine. We have our breath. We already have everything we need!
Off The Mat
In taking this off the mat, start by re-reading her quote above. She follows it by adding:
“Looking at ourselves this way is very different from our usual habit. From this perspective we don’t need to change: you can feel as wretched as you like, and you’re still a good candidate for enlightenment. You can feel like the world’s most hopeless basket case, but that feeling is your wealth, not something to be thrown out or improved upon”
Ah, I freakin’ love that last sentence. You can feel down, you can feel pain and struggle and it’s that very feeling that is your WEALTH. It can wake us quickly. It can WAKE US UP. So the next time you get in a funk, close your eyes, take a deep breath (100 if you need), then open your eyes, open your heart and WAKE UP.