What the heck is Bodhi?!
People ask me all the time….How do you pronounce it? (Bow-Dee) What does it mean? What language is that? Awesome! The first step on so many paths is inquiry and curiosity. So, welcome to the path of Bodhi!
Seriously though, what does it mean?
Ok. Bodhi is a Sanskrit and Pali word formed from the root word “Budh” meaning “To Awaken, to know, to understand”. It is most commonly translated as “To Awaken or become Enlightened”. The Bodhi Tree is where the Buddha was said to have sat when he reached Enlightenment. In my personal experience, getting to know and understand my own physical body was the beginning of my path to connect with Mind and Spirit which has led me on an awesome journey that continues to bring peace, clarity, joy and help me learn how to work with difficulty in all aspects of life. It has led me to this profession where I get to share with others that same possibility. You will see in my logo the image of a fallen Bodhi leaf resting at the bottom of an Enso.
Okay, so what the heck is an Enso?
Ah! The inquiry and path continues! So, an Enso (circle) is a symbol common to the Zen school of Buddhism as well as a popular subject in Japanese Calligraphy.
“In Zen Buddhism an Enso circle is hand-drawn in one or two uninhibited brushstrokes to express a moment when the mind is free to let the body create.” Wikipedia.
Enso can represent a myriad of things but the most common is Enlightenment and Infinity but there are an expanse of other meanings. The following is a lovely excerpt from the Modern Zen website.
“A text from the sixth century named the Shinhinmei refers to the way of Zen as a circle of vast space, lacking nothing and holding nothing in excess. At first glance the ancient ensō symbol appears to be nothing more than a miss-shaped circle but its symbolism refers to the beginning and end of all things, the circle of life and the connectedness of existence. It can symbolize emptiness or fullness, presence or absence. All things might be contained within, or, conversely, excluded by its boundaries. It can symbolize infinity, the “no-thing”, the perfect meditative state, and Satori or enlightenment. It can even symbolize the moon, which is itself a symbol of enlightenment—as in the Zen saying, “Do not mistake the finger pointing at the moon for the moon itself.”
In other words, do not mistake doctrines, teachings or explanations, which are intended to guide one toward enlightenment, for enlightenment itself. Ensō can also represent the moon’s reflection on water, thereby symbolizing the futility of searching for enlightenment outside oneself.
“Abandon the idea that there is a one size fits all path that ends at some specific point, place or time. When you believe that you have arrived at some final destination on your path, ensō reminds you to start again exactly at the point where you are now and to embrace and enjoy your unique experiences on life’s journey.” (Modern Zen website)
Wow. I LOVE that! To me, this is the beauty of the work I do. EVERY person I work with is unique as is their path, as are their needs, desires, passions, sorrows, joys, and ways of expression. And I’m given the amazing and challenging opportunity to learn how to work with that uniqueness, how to facilitate an opportunity for that person to tap into the connection I spoke of earlier; Body to Mind and Spirit. What a Gift is that opportunity!
So, when you see the logo representing my work with Bodhi Therapeutics, those are the meanings I hope to impart and the intention of my work I hope to express…..I look forward to helping you Awaken to your healthiest, happiest, unique Self.
Explore. Discover. Awaken.
With Lots of Love & Light and tons of good juju too,
Lauri Glenn, CMT/RYT