Bodhidharma - Zen Patriarch
spend years searching for inner peace...
others find it, in about an hour.
is a Sanskrit word meaning enlightened or "awakened" and comes from
the name of the eminent Indian scholar Bodhidharma, who brought the art of Zen
Meditation to China in 520 A.D.
Bodhidharma achieved enlightenment after sitting
in a mountain cave, in front of a rock wall, for nine years, refusing to talk
to anyone. After struggling with the tortuous prison of his limited, conditioned,
mind-made sense of self, (which was filled with illusory, reactive thoughts of
fear and desire and mental noise over future and past) he finally achieved a state
of stillness that was beyond thought and form and at peace with the present moment...at
ease, with the NOW.
The more you indulge in thoughts or emotions, the stronger
The Dalai Lama
After returning from his years of sitting,
with an aching back, he discovered (in about an hour) the healing effects of bodywork
and soon realized that a balanced body (bodhi body), also gave him a balanced
mind (bodhi mind). He learned that being fully present in his BODY and allowing
"what is" to exist, without needing to change anything, also brought
him the inner peace and aliveness, that was at the core of his being; his true
Subsequently, his social life began to improve and his need for sitting
in front of rock walls, began to decline.
From those ancient times, have evolved
a variety of systems of Body Therapy that are scientifically validated, yet grounded
in the holistic approach of encouraging the body`s own inherent wisdom and self
healing abilities. Rolfing, Craniosacral Therapy and Massage, done with alert
awareness and mindful presence, is "Bodhi Body Therapy". Blending science,
stillness and wisdom...with the power of NOW.
The human body, at peace
with itself, is more precious then the rarest gem. Cherish your body, it is yours
this one time only. The human form is won with great difficulty, it is easy to
lose. All worldly things are brief, like lightning in the sky; This life you must
know as the tiny splash of a raindrop; A thing of beauty that disappears even
as it comes into being. Therefore set your goal, make use of every day and night
to achieve it. - Tsong Khapa