Heart and Mind

heart and mind

Decisions need to be made; action needs to be taken.  But, what to do, and why?  This is a common dilemma, one which most of us face at least a time or two in our lives.  These decisions, the “big” ones, often change the course of our lives, leading us to exulted happiness or dark bouts of regret.

At the one end, the decisions we are faced with are dilemmas of Grand Canyon dimensions, and on the other end they are but a fragment of dust in a vast universe.  It is our perspective that makes them greater or lesser important, and respectively more easily or harder to make.

We are told to follow our heart, but there is a price to be paid for doing such impractical things.  We are told to think things through, but then the rewards seem to be much less bright.  Our hearts and minds seem to be in a constant battle, but this is not necessary.

We can follow our hearts while being practical, in fact our hearts are much more fulfilled when the practicality of our decisions is clear.  The practicality of our lives becomes much more bright when we add splashes of color to our dreary necessities.

This is all to say that decisions will be the same, but the road we take to come to them may differ.  Sometimes we follow our heart and it leads us to the necessary practicality to fulfill the hearts desires.  Sometimes we lead with our minds and soon find that life is too dreary without dreams.



  1. All decisions are made by the brain–or the mind, as you put it, which is the cognitive process of the brain. The “heart” is merely that part of our rationality that urges us toward wish fulfillment, often short term gratification or a grandly imagined emotional satisfaction. In counterbalance, we have the mind’s logical engine that more often focuses on stability, security, and the satisfaction that comes from playing the long game of planning and persistence. These are, in the end, not competing but rather coordinating aspects of our consciousness; differ people balance them according to their personal choice and we all have to live with the consequences of our balance (or lack thereof). All of what I have to say here essentially echoes your post, only using slightly different terminology.

  2. I agree. I think that terminology is important but I find myself sliding between literature and logic; the two not being necessarily separate but often times divided. The practical and the impulsive; there is a time for logic and a time for literature. The art is to know when it is time for what.

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