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The Heart’s Royal Courage

By Bhavanjot Kaur

My teacher recently shared in class that the heart is the seat for divine love. She said that sometimes opening the heart can take our breath away—even if just for a moment. She said the heart is the place where emotion can turn to devotion. She shared that the Buddha once said, “The greatest protection is a loving heart. Protecting yourself, you protect others. Protecting others, you protect yourself.”                             

The heart is the place where source energy can flow through the open spaces and can shed light on the darkest corners, filling the void spaces and unlocking the closed doors while healing the deepest hurts and most painful of wounds. Like a sunflower lifts its face to the warm bright sun, the heart longs to open to the warmth and the light of love, but can sometimes close and shut down in the darkness. A heart cannot see in the dark unless the voice of the soul is stronger than the silence of the darkness.

We all must seek love in our hearts, compassion in our beings—a genuine understanding that our brothers and sisters are all on their own path of healing. We can only heal our own hearts, find peace in our own beings and hope that our compassion and our prayers are enough to uplift those who come into our presence so that they may also find the healing, the peace, the compassion and the prayerful heart within that opens to love again and again.

I heard that Yogi Bhajan once told a woman with a broken heart that the only thing that would make her happy again was to teach Kundalini Yoga. It inspired my heart, woke it up a bit more. We can see the heartbreak in our own lives through our tears and feel it in our disappointment, our anger and our sadness, but aren’t we also a little heartbroken even in our love, in our peace, in our compassion, in our laughter and in our joy? Was it not heartbreak that opened our hearts up to all of these beautiful miracles? Like Rumi once said, “The wound is the place where the light enters you.”

My six year old daughter, Liv, draws pictures everywhere of what she calls ‘pink and purple diagonal hearts’ and she says that ‘we have to give love to all of the hearts.’ I think she is right. This one heart we have within connects to each and every heart, but we are especially accountable for the one in our own chest—the one in our physical being—the one that radiates in our energy field.

We are responsible to heal that heart, make love in that heart and then open it and share it so other people know that love is possible again even after all of the suffering we have endured; even in the pains we feel right now in this very moment, somewhere there is still love in there calling us to shine, even in what can feel so hard, so sad and so lonely. We can still be the stars in the night, shimmering with the beauty of our royal courage to fight for love even in the darkest of places within us.  

Several years ago I went to my first ever Kundalini Yoga classes and spent a weekend at Kripalu. During that same weekend, I sat in my first Aquarian Sadhana. I did not know that the class was optional or I probably would have slept through it, being that it was so early in the morning.

Snatam Kaur was singing live music. It was beautiful. I was wearing one of my favorite colors to wear, black. Many around me were wearing white. I was wearing my wildly curly hair, messy and free. Some of the others had their hair wrapped in turbans and scarfs. I was sitting on a black yoga mat surrounded by others who were sitting on sheepskins. I did not know a single word of the Japji prayer. I did not know any of the mantras. It didn’t matter. I was exactly as I was supposed to be and exactly where I was supposed to be.

Then the mantra Wahe Guru, Wahe Jio began. I started to catch on. I started to chant. Then I chanted louder and from the heart. The mantra began to build up inside of me. We all became like one voice in that room; one heart in that room; one being in that room. I was still physically in the room, but I went somewhere else. I saw a different world. I could feel my heart open and I was filled with the light of love. I had what I consider to be a miraculous experience. Far beyond anything words could ever convey. My life was changed that day. I walked out of that Aquarian Sadhana practice and I knew in my heart that I would become a teacher of Kundalini Yoga.

That day I learned the power of one practice, of one mantra, of one Aquarian Sadhana, and I also began to understand the strength and magnificence of the heart’s royal courage.

“Consciousness means you know where you are at and where you want to go, and for that you have the courage, you have the grit, and you have the power to do it.”
-Yogi Bhajan 

Photo by Courtney Brooks

Bhavanjot Kaur is the owner and founder of Hamsa Healing Arts located in Centerbrook, CT. Bhavanjot is a Kundalini yoga teacher and Radiant Child Yoga Teacher. Bhavanjot is a Reiki Master practitioner and Teacher, Craniosacral therapy practitioner, Raindrop therapy massage practitioner and she also offers sound therapy with a 32" Paiste Symphonic Gong. Bhavanjot is a consultant for essential oils, medicinal mushrooms and CBD oil. She is mother to a delightful six-year-old little girl who overcame a rare childhood kidney cancer, which inspires her work with Lucy's Love Bus and the Connecticut Cancer Foundation. 
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