Contemplations from the 10th lesson on the Shiva Sutras
Sutra 9: Hridaye chittasanghattad drisyasvapadarshanam
‘Merge your mind into your heart and everything will feel like it belongs to you’.
There is nothing wrong with having a mind, indeed the mind is a most sophisticated and useful tool. But if we start to live in it, if we take up permanent residence in our heads, then we are going to experience some frustrating limitations in our lives. This is because our intellect is limited in its functionality. It is designed to dissect, divide and analyse life but it is not designed as a faculty through which to love life and feel connected to all those around us. Its not that the intellect is deficient, it’s just not its job that’s all.
So whilst the head may be the penthouse suite of the physical body, living in it full time will inevitably leave us feeling isolated, dissatisfied and divided both from ourselves and from the world. Therefore in the same way that it is useful to have a bathroom in the house, it is also useful to have a mind but only a crazy person would choose to live in the bathroom and ignore the rest of the house
To feel life, to love life, to feel connected to everything and feel a part of it all we need a different instrument altogether; we need the heart.
In this sutra shiva invites us to take a ‘one foot drop’ from our heads into our hearts. Its only a short drop and yet most of us find it to be a daring one because within us all is a deep rooted fear that if we make this small but significant jump, we will somehow lose our minds. Yet the opposite is true. For when the mind is relaxed into the heart, when we switch from the faculty of thinking to the faculty of feeling, the mind itself receives a significant upgrade. It becomes a tool of contemplation and an instrument of wonder, serving to expand the heart rather than divide it. This meeting between the head and the heart is the perfect collaboration between the scientist and the poet
Shiva says LIVE in your heart and USE your mind.
So here is the practice:
In everyday life whenever you find yourself stuck in the head, take a pause, relax your analysis and feel yourself energetically make the ‘one foot drop’ into your heart. Do it whenever you remember and over time you will find you have made a new and lasting home in your heart. As you practice this more and more you will find that looking out from your heart rather than from your intellect gives you a whole new relationship with the world. Everything will start to feel more like it is a part of you and everything in a strange way belongs to you.
This union between your heart and your mind, will change your life forever!