Voices of the Heart

loveVirtue, Shame, Realization

Forgiveness, Joy, Sorrow

Respect, Rudeness, Contentment

Despair, Laziness, Ability

Grace, Forgetfulness, Resentment

Constancy, Aspiration, Panic

Mercy, Worry, Patience

Wrath, Stifled, Evil



Voices of the Heart, by Ed Young
An absolutely beautiful book that I discovered this morning. The words above are in the order of the book, as the artist displayed them in a collage of Chinese characters “each describing a feeling or emotion from the heart, and each containing the symbol for the letter.” (from the dust jacket).

Layed out like I did above, it becomes further art, poetry of its own sort. Mr. Young not only gives the symbols, but he researched meanings, breaking down the characters as they are pulled together to form the words. You’ll find the individual symbols for heart, man, woman and more; from there, he turns a poet’s eye to each complete pictogram.

While this book is amazing (but not cheap: be aware of that if you click on the link above, which will take you to the Amazon page), I feel, for me, the list he has is missing a few of the emotions of the heart. In his afterward, Mr. Young states that the symbol of the heart appears in all the words above, all of them deep voices of the heart.

Without that restriction, there were words that I’d add if I created my own version:

Love is the first thing that came to mine. Peace, Joy and Happiness the next words. Compassion, Caring, Goodness, Support..and some less positive words as well: Fear, Loneliness, Anxious, Depressed.

For myself, I’d want to include all that are voiced, for clarity of self. Some words fluctuate, rising to the top, suppressing others or finding they are lighter and should be at the surface.

What would you include, if you were to create your own Voices of the Heart?


About StuHN

I am a creative individual with many areas of passion: Professional Storyteller; NYS Certified Drama Specialist/Educator; Professional Development Coordinator & Facilitator; Workshop Leader; sometime Puppeteer; Playwright; Director; Performer; Teaching Artist; and sometimes more.

Posted on February 1, 2013, in Caring, counseling, Despair, Fear, Grief, Healing, Inspiration, Loneliness, Love, Meditations, Mindfulness, Prayers, Spiritual, Support, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. I, for one, prefer it when my heart (and others) combine their voices in symphonies of love, contentedness, security, and joy…

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