SENSORIUM OF EXPERIENCE
March 26, 2011. "When we understand sensations perfectly, we will see beyond this conditioned world." - Samyutta Nikaya
Do you know which grows first in the human body? Your heart or your brain? Answer is: Your heart.
That is a pretty good indication that the energies greater than us want our heart energy to be more predominant than our intellectual capacity to analyze. And at the very least something within our DNA is saying to us pay attention to both. You may also find it interesting to know that your heart & brain maintain a constant and conscious 2-way dialogue. And in this conversation the heart sends far more information to the brain, than the brain to the heart. The heart also generates the strongest rhythmic electromagnetic field in the body & this actually can be measured in the brain waves of people around us.
So then why do we so often try to rationalize the emotional space of the heart? Why do we try to over direct our lives with only our brains? And then wonder why this doesn't feel right?
When we come to the yoga mat we are dialing back into our heart's intelligence. And the gateway into the heart is the breath. The first breathing technique we learn is Anapanasati, awareness of breath: its duration, it's orgination, its temperature, its cadence, its rhythm, is it rough or smooth, easy or labored, where do you feel it and where don't you feel your breath? This renewed sensitivity to our life energy transfers into everything else we do. And as a result we begin feeling more.
"The great art of life is sensation, to feel that we exist." Lord Byron
And of course the asana are on purpose to help us feel both Sensitive and Fierce sensations. We want to feel the full spectrum of emotion and sensation. Yoga helps us unite our hearts intelligence and intellectual understanding together. “These two teachings, the supremacy of the heart and the uniqueness of each human being are very important to me. They give me the fullest understanding of my membership in the human family.” Robert Muller
The more we feel the more we become expert in our own human experience and then as a result the more expert we are in the overall human experience. We learn to feel what other people feel. And when the constant dialogue of our hearts with one another becomes a way of life then the more gently we live with one another sharing this beautiful planet without war, without fighting, without aggression. Then and only then will peace prevail. So please use your yoga to connect to your sensorium of experience and bring peace on earth. Love yourself, love your day, love your life, Silvia
"Different winds come from all directions. Some are clear, some carry dusts, some are cold or hot, fierce gales or gentle breezes. In the same way sensations arise in the body - pleasant or unpleasant or neutral. When we see sensations as we do the winds, coming and going, clear or dust laden, fierce or gentle, we will fully understand them and be free from dependence on them." - Samyutta Nikaya