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Discovering the Heart’s Desire
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I’ve been thinking about desire lately. The great mystics would call it ‘longing’ as Peter does in the above quote. After musing on it awhile, I realize that desire is the making and undoing of a soul. A soul is established by a narrative or a story; one that is made, remade, unfolded, slathered and shared and hidden. Something crystallized for me the other night while talking with a friend. I explained to her that a lot of my life has been a journey to understand the difference between a deep, soul desire and an elusive, passing craving. Her eyes lit up and she quickly dove into her practice of Sufism to emerge with its core teachings. She said, “Lindsay, you just named the central practice of Sufism. That’s what it’s all about.” She explained that there was a heart-center called ‘kalb‘ and it has a deep desire in this world. There are ‘nafs‘ (or ego-based beliefs and habits) that distract us from connecting with the heart-centered desire. When the ‘nafs‘ congeal into a force affecting the person in their life, it appears as ‘satan;’ a negative (read: not evil!) aspect of that person. ‘Satans’ appear as a negative aspect in that person’s life only to harmonize something that is neglected, so that the person can reconnect with their heart center.
1 of 4 First 24-01-14 12:55 of all, this has me thinking of the gross over-exaggeration of ‘Satan’ in the Christian culture. ‘Satan’

Kleshas are also egoisms and obstacles to realizing a ‘Self’ (which I would relate to the Sufi notion of heart-center). our heart. Cravings can turn into addictions.. On a larger scale. Talk about being sensitized!!! However. and meditation to name a few. we each have our path and our journey to connect with this heartcenter. Rather. I feel they only get bigger 2 of 4 turn into addictions. I remember watching a TED talk by anthropologist Wade Davis (http://www. I see this in America and other nations as well. If we cultivate sensitivity to ourselves. Are we more or less connected to our desire? The more that I muse on this. Satan has nothing to do with a polarity of good and evil. So — ha ha! — across lands and ages. Some systems have been numbed and can’t feel the aftermath. we cannot learn from and integrate the teachings of our cravings. Well. then suffering is really strong too. And there are so many practices that we can access to cultivate this — movement. and kleshas can be witnessed and given awareness without taking us too far from our heart-center and our soul desire.. breath-work. They have buried me under my own haste and impulse and they have shined and polished me clean to reach a deeper layer of my desire.html). satans. it has to do with a part of ourselves that is negative (and a part of ourselves that is being reflected back to us in the external world). He spoke about a particular tribal community whose hunters could distinguish which animal was nearby by smelling its urine within a 20 yard radius. it will be hard to connect with our deep heart desire. I feel that there is much suffering. Some people’s physical and energetic systems are more sensitive to the aftermath of an experience or situation and can adapt more quickly.ted. and each other — then we can get information a lot quicker and respond a lot better. To take that further.Discovering the Heart’s Desire | Madhupa Maypop (pronounced ‘say-taahn‘) in Sufism mostly relates to our own self-deception. To me. Cravings. being ‘sensitized’ or ‘sensitive’ in most modern cultures is not necessarily a valued way of being. It only gives us information to work with to continue to fold back the layers to connect with our heart. our bodies. our soul desire. Being born into a life of disconnection has become too normal.” ~ Pema Chödrön So. What gets in the way? Cravings. However. Without sensitivity. If we are numb.com/talks/wade_davis_on_endangered_cultures. If we experience a craving and give in to its pull and engage with it — we will surely learn something. In this day and age when our social training is rooted in being desensitized. the more I realize that cravings have been a blessing and curse. Sensitivity allows us to walk our life journey with more clarity and agility. eventually we will feel the affect of a craving whose aftermath 24-01-14 12:55 and has .com/2011/02/02/discoveri. I look at how we create wars in ourselves and with others for no reason. Negative does not mean evil. we can decide how we feel after that experience. therefore there is no need to change because no warning signs are felt. we cannot experience grace and navigate the nuances of life. Some of us learn faster than others. What if someone can’t tell they are not connected with their desire or their heart-center because they have been desensitized by some life trauma(s)? This is why I feel a practice that encourages ‘sensitization’ is essential…especially in this day and age where so many of our senses have been cauterized. short-circuiting our ability to connect with divinity and our heart-center. getting back to desire… If we are numb. Pema sums it up well: “[I]f the way that we protect ourselves is strong. ‘satan’ is similar to the yogic and Buddhist concept of kleshas. It still is vital to our understanding of who we are. it doesn’t have to do with something outside of ourselves either. http://madhupamaypop. Then. they get in the way and they also teach us a whole bunch.

Just imagine a world where we’ve reconnected with our senses. outdoor and indoor churches and gatherings.If we have the tools to be with sensitivity…to experience the opening and the closing of our hearts…the discomfort of all of this…then we can tap into a deeper layer of our hearts and navigate our lives with more grace. think of the body-heart-all-one kind of mind) practices to cultivate sensitivity in a lot of contexts. Imagine… http://madhupamaypop. 2012 at 10:29 pm 24-01-14 12:55 . and other community care providers all practicing in a way to cultivate sensitivity and grace. and corporations are now using these techniques to encourage people to be more connected with themselves (and therefore. Sudeep Motupalli Rao says: January 5. soul desire. You’re gifted with grace to cross these oceans of thought & practice with ease. embracing it and treating it with some attention & equanimity.com/2011/02/02/discoveri. Jenae Woodward says: April 16. 2011 at 8:38 pm Thanks dear! Hope all is well in Africa! Reply 3. 4 thoughts on “Discovering the Heart’s Desire” 1. You May Like 1. hospitals. our sensitivity and have greater access to our heart-center and our deep. their heart-center). Schools. Lindsay says: April 16. Imagine schools. homes..There are a lot of amazing programs out there that use mindfulness (don’t think brain. 2011 at 5:01 pm You inspire me! Thank you for your posts! Reply 2. I’ve arrived at a similar understanding for appreciating and owning our evil.. prisons. madhupamaypop says: 3 of 4 January 5. Reply 4.Discovering the Heart’s Desire | Madhupa Maypop been ignored. 2012 at 1:52 pm Thank You Lindyhop for this digest.

. the wholesome.Discovering the Heart’s Desire | Madhupa Maypop Thanks Sudeep — really good to hear from you! Yes. Blog at WordPress.com/2011/02/02/discoveri.com.com 4 of 4 24-01-14 12:55 . Follow Follow “Madhupa Maypop” Powered by WordPress. The Fresh & Clean Theme. non-dual approach across traditions speaks a lot of wisdom… Reply http://madhupamaypop..

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