The Battle of Heart vs. Mind

Recently, I have encountered a decision I need to make and I have been battling between following my heart or following my head. Every day I have been mulling my options over and over again. Instead of really thinking about the decision I have been distracted by thinking about whether you should follow your intuition or your logic – not just in this situation, but in every situation. I have come to the conclusion that you should always follow your heart.

Now for me to say this feels almost contradictory because I am one to always make logical decisions and I try not to let my emotions ever come into play. But there is a difference between following your heart and acting rashly based on an emotion. Hopefully, most decisions in life don’t require you to make a choice but here is my thought process in case you ever encounter a situation where you have to choose.

The heart is your soul, it is who you are. It is your morals, values, personality, your gut instinct – if you do something out of alignment then you will have a little nagging feeling, that subconcious thought, that feeling that something is off. It may not affect you immediately or you may be unaware of it until the situation is reversed but it plays a role in how you feel on a day-to-day basis. I think a good example would be someone who sticks with a job they hate because they need to support their family, then, somehow, a turn of events causes them to lose their job and instead of being stressed, they feel relieved. They feel as if a burden has been lifted off their shoulders instead of placed on them. Their heart was telling them to quit, but their brain was telling them to persevere through for the sake of their family.

 When your brain presents all the logical reasons why you need to do something, it is difficult to do the opposite – but you will feel better if you just follow your heart. The brain is a complex and powerful tool. No matter what happens, your brain will always find a way to make things work. It’s logical, it is there to help you solve your problems. I know I am just scratching the surface of this topic but I guess the moral of the story is to follow your heart and your head will make it all work out!

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