Awakening my heart to the BODHICHITTA! "Chitta means “mind” and also “heart” or “attitude.” Bodhi means “awake,” “enlightened,” or “completely open.” Sometimes the completely open heart and mind of bodhichitta is called the soft spot, a place as vulnerable and tender as an open wound. It is equated, in part, with our ability to love. Even the cruelest people have this soft spot. Even the most vicious animals love their offspring. As Chögyam Trungpa Rinpoche put it, “Everybody loves something, even if it’s only tortillas.” Bodhichitta is also equated, in part, with compassion—our ability to feel the pain that we share with others. Without realizing it we continually shield ourselves from this pain because it scares us. We put up protective walls made of opinions, prejudices and strategies, barriers that are built on a deep fear of being hurt. These walls are further fortified by emotions of all kinds: anger, craving, indifference, jealousy and envy, arrogance and pride. But fortunately for us, the soft spot—our innate ability to love and to care about things—is like a crack in these walls we erect. It’s a natural opening in the barriers we create when we’re afraid. With practice we can learn to find this opening. We can learn to seize that vulnerable moment—love, gratitude, loneliness, embarrassment, inadequacy—to awaken bodhichitta." -Pema Chodron
June 9th, 2017
🌝♐️ BLESSINGS! GYAN or GIAN MUDRA is here to assist us all as we continue to sink further into the intense effects this Sagittarius full moon has on us. Our hearts pathway. A journey has begun! And there's really no way any of us bypassed retrograde Jupiter (this planets' energy is connected to your index finger) traveling through Libra! Seriously, since early this year good ol'Jup in retro shined a mega massive spotlight on allllll our relationships! AWARENESS being the headline, main content and emphasis - our relationship with ourselves. It was a fucking doozy! Feelings of self doubt seeping into the psyche really taking some of us into some of the most painful places we may have believed we would never ever have to experience again or perhaps for the first time you are really feeling pain and suffering that feels Jupiter sized - either way Jupiter as gently as this MEGA planet could showing us where we lack self confidence and confidence in your decisions, always trying to measure up to the culture's or to someone else's expectation of you. And because the bar has been set so unrealistically high for anyone - we have consistently and constantly "failed." Judging ourselves to the point of the deepest depressions and because we are here and others are here we mirror this pain to one another. IT IS TIME FOR THIS FLASE TRUTH TO END. The GYAN MUDRA just one additional tool to remove the veil, break the glass, the illusion the lie. This MUDRA evokes the most expansive version of the self so you can FLOW through life's lessons with ease and calm. Bringing forward your highest self. The pointer finger (Jupiter, head, brain) touches the thumb (will & logic) fingers are straight but relaxed stimulates the ROOT CHAKRA and GROUNDS. This is a calming concentration improving hand gesture. As always many many blessings sweet creatures. I love you! And I am so GRATEFUL you are here!
"Because we don’t recognize our essential nature—we don’t realize that although appearances arise unceasingly, nothing is really there—we invest with solidity and reality the seeming truth of self, other, and actions between self and others. This intellectual obscuration gives rise to attachment and aversion, followed by actions and reactions that create karma, solidify into habit, and perpetuate the cycles of suffering. This entire process needs to be absolved." —Chagdud Tulku Rinpoche
Excerpt from the book - In the Presence of Masters
Wisdom from 30 Contemporary Tibetan Buddhist Teachers