The heart has its own language, it’s a silent language of devotion, compassion, kindness and trust. In our Zen and Yoga path we have many, many practices to work with this energy center, the space of the heart, and so I used to teach these over a few classes or workshops.
Our yogic practices help us in opening to our spiritual vision through the silent language of the heart . . . and through dedication to our yoga practice we open, activate and accelerate our spiritual vision so we can work with the divine in our lives.
Zen means meditation, and in the Cha’an tradition the image is of “solitary person opening heart and mind to signs from heaven”. So essentially what this means is learning to recognise our signs, symbols and messages from the Universe about existence flowing through our lives. Most of these are silent, non-verbal communications from the divine and the divine mother . . . then through dedication to our practice we turn intuitions, feelings, fleeting inspirations into enduring behaviour supported by values and meaning.
This is what we are doing right now in our human evolution: bringing all the wisdom from our ancient wisdom practices together so that we can aspire to the highest creative values for the future.
The language of the heart is silent . . . we call it the “unstruck sound” in the Heart Chakra. And the essence of all that is, is in the heart centre . . . the essence of Divinity within you. So, you are what you ARE not what you do.
In yoga we know what we are made of, through experience of the koshas, our subtle bodies, which surround the germ of the Self . . . and we say “I AM THAT I AM . . .” in silence and self-awareness for clearer, deeper self-knowledge. With zen we know our own true being nature.
Initiation into the teachings starts by introducing the meditator to the inner relaxation process, so we can learn deep inner listening. We have heart chakra meditation practice with the hridaya heart hand mudra to subtly and powerfully direct Prana, life force energy, to the space of the heart . . . and bringing together pranayama and breath awareness in the So Ham meditation which means “I AM THAT, THAT I AM . . “
When the Heart Chakra is opened and activated, communicating in its silent language in your inner world of the self, then we understand how it “talks” to our other Chakras especially Guru Chakra, the center of our Wisdom.
This is one of my suZenYoga guided practices: Gentle Power, Shining Self. It’s a preparation for meditation and in this series of practices we’re working with awareness of elements in our energy as a way of deepening our awareness and understanding of the gentle subtleties of our inner world which, with time and patience, ultimately lead us to the discovery of the Shining Self within.
This series of guided audio practices comes with a PDF introduction with links to Guidance for Practice and Meditation Practices videos. It’s one of my older productions, and you can pay what you want for it! Enjoy, Namaste