The Meanings of Bodhi

The word, Bodhi has three different meanings. And one of those meanings….I invented.

The first meaning from the dictionary, is that bodhi is a Buddhist term for the state of being enlightened, or awakened.

The second meaning is that bodhi is a type of tree. It grows in Asian countries like, India, China, Pakistan, Nepal and so on. The Buddha sat under a bodhi tree, where he gained enlightenment. (Hence, the Buddhist term above.)

And the third meaning, (the meaning that I invented) is that it’s that first moment of clarity when all the sudden you begin to see the picture a bit more clearer. For example, solving a math problem and having that moment where everything clicks and you see the answer.

That’s Bodhi.

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Or in this case of using nature, that moment when you experience pure joy and present moment outdoors. You may not be fully “enlightened” just yet….but that first initial spark has opened your mind to it and sends you on a new inner growth journey.

I received my first taste of nature bodhi along the Phoenix hiking trails and I’ve been chasing those moments ever since.

In nature, if we pay attention there are life teachings occurring all the time. That is what Nature Bodhi is all about.

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Published by Allie

I love being outdoors especially at home in Arizona, where the weather is gorgeous and perfect for outdoor activities. Being in nature restores and energizes our spirit, which is why I write about the importance of protecting wild spaces.

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