I love teaching the Saturday and Sunday morning Modo Flow with music. The weekend peeps are #legit… deep breathing, hard working legit. So I always try to come prepped to drop MAJOR TUNES on their bodies. Vibrations that simply play along with all of their fun energy. You can check the playlist at the end of the blog.
If you’ve ever jammed on the blog before, you know I am down with PEMA! And a fave intention from this week comes from her. I wanted to speak to the class about a powerful mindfulness teaching called “Bodhichitta.” It is a Sanskrit word that means “noble or awakened heart.” It is without a doubt present in all of us, just as oil is inherent in an olive.
In difficult times, it is bodhichitta, or the awakened heart that can help us heal. An awakened or nobel heart does not turn from the pain or push it away. They walk into it, they feel it all and avoid none of it. When inspiration has become hidden, when we feel ready to give up, this is the time when healing can be found in the tenderness of pain itself. I worked with this intention over two days trying to refine what I was actually trying to get across. I am still unsure if I got it right, but they were fun practices nonetheless.
"Many of us prefer practices that will not cause discomfort, yet at the same time we want to be healed. But Bodhichitta training doesn’t work that way. A warrior accepts that we can never know what will happen to us next”
- Pema Chodron -
ON THE MAT
As we practiced our Modo Flow I brought focus back to the definition of Bodhichitta, and reminded students what an amazing gift this yoga practice is. Every single time we step onto our mat we are invited to awake our nobel heart. We often do it without evening knowing it. In fact, it’s the natural essence that rises from the movement of our energy. But today, let’s be deliberate about it. Let us take this 60 minutes and do some Bodhichitta training. To be okay with discomfort, to know we can send our breath there and still not know what will happen next.
“Let’s be peaceful warriors today”, is what said.
OFF THE MAT
This training on the mat really gives us tools for our life off the mat. We have to realize that in the blink of an eye we can become awake, in a single moment we can shine our nobel heart. Here is another Powerful excerpt from Pema that speaks to this point,
“Just as a jewel that has been buried in the earth for a million years is not discolored or harmed, in the same way this noble heart is not affected by all of our kicking and screaming. The jewel can be brought out into the light at any time, and it will glow as brilliantly as if nothing had ever happened. No matter how committed we are to unkindness, selfishness, or greed, the genuine heart of bodhichitta cannot be lost. It is here in all that lives, never marred and completely whole.”