Bodichitta: The Heart of Everyday Life

I-10 East, New Orleans to Mobile. August 2015. Photo: MBuffett
I-10 East, New Orleans to Mobile. August 2015. Photo: MBuffett

Even ordinary people like us with hang-ups and confusion have this mind of enlightenment called bodhichitta. An analogy for bodhichitta  is the rawness of a broken heart. This is our link with all those who have ever loved. This genuine heart of sadness can teach us great compassion. It can humble us when we are arrogant and soften us when we are unkind. It awakens us when we prefer to sleep and pierces through our indifference. This continual ache of the heart broken open is a blessing that when accepted fully can be shared with all.

The openness and warmth of bodhichitta is in fact our true nature and condition. Even when our neurosis feels far more basic than our wisdom, even when we’re feeling most confused and hopeless, bodhichitta – like the open sky – is always here, undiminished by the clouds that temporarily cover it.
-from Comfortable With Uncertainty by Pema Chodron

Dolphin Love

Dolphin Pose. Fish River, Alabama, August 2015. Photo: LBuffett & MBuffett
Dolphin Pose. Fish River, Alabama, August 2015. Photo: LBuffett & MBuffett

This weekend while paddle boarding with my mother and her sweetheart on Fish River in Lower Alabama, dolphins appeared and swam beside us.  It was an extraordinary blessing and reminder that all sentient beings are essentially bonded to and by

Nature, Spirit, and Love.

In their honor I did a variation of dolphin pose on my board.

“Dolphins have a wise, innocent, purity of being which reaches out to our inner nature. Follow their lead and open yourself to the energy of love, harmony, and balance. Express your inner truth, be true to yourself. Follow your inner joy. Dolphin is asking you to go back to your roots, to the depths of your being and rediscover the love that you truly are.
Dolphins spend most of their day playing. Their life is lived in joyful harmony with each other and their world. Apparently they have learned the lesson that love is the most important factor in life.
Dolphin wisdom includes – knowledge of the sea, change, patron of sailors, harmony, balance, communication skills, freedom, trust, understanding the power of rhythm in your life, water element magic, unselfishness.
Dolphin reminds us to get out, play, breathe and most importantly to love.”
-from, Dolphin Power Animal, by Ina Woolcoat

Hokushima Yoga

More by Xavier de Richemont

In the exhibit hall there are 3 walls, 30 feet high spanning 200 feet of projection space. The film is 12ish minutes from start to finish. Xavier de Richemont is the creator of this light-paint-montage-collage-theatre masterpiece. Tomorrow, Saturday, January 19, at 11:15am I am teaching a yoga class in the exhibit hall as the film runs for the duration of the yoga class. The experience is as much or more about observing the film-art and allowing the thoughts it provokes, while moving our bodies mindfully and breathing more consciously becomes the background. All levels are welcome and encouraged. Be inspired and moved by art. Experience yoga as never before.

This is the exhibit’s international debut and will soon be moving on. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience it.

Check out this video clip of the film. The 2-d clip is very good but the comparison to the full space is immeasurable.

“Hokushima” 2012 from Xavier de Richemont on Vimeo.

Saturday January 19, 2013, 11:15am


Space 301 / The Centre for the Living Arts, 301 Conti Street, Mobile, AL 36602


For Kula Yoga Community