The Path of the Heart

This is taken from a Satsang, teaching, in one of my live meditation classes:

A SATSANG ON THE PATH OF THE HEART . . .

EMERGING FROM NEGATIVE EMOTIONS IN YOUR LIFE . . .

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the path of the heart

 

My own personal Yoga practice this Sunday morning was on the Camel Posture – I’m re-working a workshop I used to teach on this posture, when I taught more Hatha Yoga, which is  about power and energy, and creating space for personal inner power. 

You think you’re a mountain, but you’re a sleepy camel.” Osho

I use the Osho quote “You think you’re a mountain . . .”  in the teaching. It makes such a good introduction to practice in Contemplation and self-empowerment.

Especially if you’re emerging from negative emotions like guilt, fear and doubts affecting you and moving into a healing phase in your life . . . moving into the space in the heart . . .

This is my direction at the moment, teaching the sweet, gentle path to healing from guilt-residue and fear-residue and its effects on people’s lives. We’re living in an age of anxiety . . . and collective guilt and fear as we emerge from a dark age . . . seemingly dis-empowered in a crazy world . . .

I’m working at the more Universal experience of guilt and hopefully offering transformation from the awfully lonely legacy that guilt is for a human being using Yoga as the process to open and activate the heart centre, self-love and nurturing which is our divine path . . .

Emerging is the word I use for the step in the healing process just after awakening when you’ve woken up and you see the light.

As Swami Sivananda said: “consciousness is hidden in their memories . . .” he was referring to the Eastern souls waking up to consciousness in the West with yoga . . .and those of us who need the path of yoga are those with Eastern souls who have incarnated in the West and who need to awaken consciousness hidden in our memories . . . and we need our practice to turn our awakenings into enduring behaviour.

So, maybe this is like the light at the end of a tunnel. But you’ve been in darkness – any place in your life that has not been healthy for you because of guilt – and now you emerge into the daylight.  You may be shell-shocked and bruised and now you need a little time to adjust to the change. You need a bit of space to determine your surroundings, this is new open terrain.

It’s natural to be cautious and to take stock when you’ve  been stuck in your life and affected by guilt, whether from trans-generational religous or spiritual tensions, and especially if your wake-up call came after a disaster. But we don’t stay too long in this place as now is the time to keep moving forward along the healing path. Even moving slowly is better than not moving at all . . . and sometimes rest seems like the best idea ever!

Emerging and awakening can take some courage, and support. There is much on offer. There are many good people out there supporting you.

Practice:

So, here is a practice in Contemplation for this Emerging stage. You can use visualisation or journaling or both.

This is how I teach it:  Sit quietly, paying attention to your breath for a moment or so, bringing yourself to stillness and silence . . . . the place we need to be open up awareness to who we truly are . . . for self-knowledge to open up, often one layer at a time . 

. . . and it does take time . . . so: Centre yourself by breathing from the solar plexus, the centre.

You think you are a Mountain, but you really are a sleepy Camel“.

Visualise this

Where is the Mountain, where is the Camel?  Under the hump, where has the Camel’s body been buried all this time?  As the sleepy Camel wakes up, what does s/he see?  What burdons and baggage have you been carrying in your hump for others – you can start your journaling with this awareness.

Then make lists under these headings:

–  Emotional Wellbeing  –  Physical Wellbeing  –  Mental Wellbeing  –  Sexual Wellbeing  –  Financial Wellbeing  –  Spiritual Wellbeing . . .

. . . and I would also add Collective Wellbeing, the wellbeing of the greater good . . .

In your first effort at Emerging, it’s probably enough just to set the scene as I have described it. Contemplation is effective as a weekly practice so set time aside to continue this on a regular basis.

Next . . .

Your next session could take you deeper into awareness of what has made you feel most dull, bored, unhappy, tired, sick and lacking in energy . . . . separate and apart from the home of your soul, your heart space . . .

. . . Followed by awareness of what gives you most joy, happiness, health, interest, enthusiasm, dynamic vital energy. . . . closer to your divinity . . . the mother of existence flowing through you . . .

As you register your inner emotional state, so you are giving yourself an inner register of  what blocks and what frees you. In Yoga, this is checking into you inner bahava or mood, discovering sukha or your inner contentment.

As soon as you understand this stage of awareness, you’re already onto the healing path . . .

. . . The Path of The Heart – emerging and healing from guilt or any negative emotions in your life.

A final word from the heart of a teacher:

. . . don’t forget to breathe consciously every day, be present maybe by noticing how the sunlight and the dew alter the colours of  nature. Wash up, tidy up, keep a regular routine. Be with good people! And your self-healing effort will turn into enduring behaviour and deep, heart satisfaction on your life path . . . the path of your heart.

Namaste, this is for your healing

Susan

The video of this satsang taken from this week’s live streamed meditation class in the yogic tradition is on my Youtube channel.

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