As anyone’s whose ever…well been human knows, there are times in everyone’s life when the logical thing to do and what seems to be the right thing to do in a situation keep coming up at incredible odds. We all know the feeling of trying to talk ourselves into staying with that partner who looks so good on paper, even though our hearts keep telling us that we aren’t getting the love we deserve.
Unfortunately for many of us, we live in a culture where we are sometimes taught that putting your heart over your head can be a risky situation at best and downright ridiculous at worst. As women however, even science backs up the fact that we are born with stronger intuition than men. This inevitably begs the question, why do we spend so much time ignoring it?
Thankfully, throughout history there have been many people who realized the value of going all “heart over head” and following what can sometimes only be described as a gut feeling that nudges you in a certain direction whether it makes any sense or not. Let’s see what these wise men and women had to say about the power of the heart.
“It's a most distressing affliction to have a sentimental heart and a skeptical mind.” - Naguib Mahfouz
“One ought to hold on to one's heart; for if one lets it go, one soon loses control of the head too.” ― Friedrich Nietzsche
“Pursue what catches your heart, not what catches your eyes.” ― Roy T. Bennett
Believe in your heart that you're meant to live a life full of passion, purpose, magic and miracles.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“The heart has its reasons which reason knows not.” ― Blaise Pascal
“Don't be pushed around by the fears in your mind. Be led by the dreams in your heart.” ― Roy T. Bennett
“When the heart speaks, the mind finds it indecent to object.” ― Milan Kundera
“Prayer is not asking. It is a longing of the soul. It is daily admission of one's weakness. It is better in prayer to have a heart without words than words without a heart.” ― Mahatma Gandhi
"To handle yourself, use your head; to handle others, use your heart." - Eleanor Roosevelt
"Follow your heart but take your brain with you."
“It's impossible,” said pride. “It's risky,” said experience. “It's pointless,” said reason. “Give it a try,” whispered the heart."
"Never let your mind tell your heart not to wander."
"Sometimes your heart needs more time to accept what your mind already knows."
“And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.” ― Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
As you can see, despite what we might be tempted to tell ourselves at times, there still exist and have existed many people throughout history who value turning off your head sometimes. For all the great things our minds can do when it comes to working towards a logical solution, the fact remains that not every situation most of us are going to encounter throughout the course of our lives is purely logical.
There will always be that wanderlust that encourages you to go out and get your open road on or pick up a new hobby you know nothing at all about, while your mind insists you stay in its favorite place- the comfort zone. Though comfort zones are indeed the safe route, we’ve got to keep in mind that that’s sort of our logic brains job- to keep us safe.
On the other hand, comfort zones can also go a long way to making sure nothing exciting ever happens, that we never make mistakes, and hence that we never learn. So perhaps in our quest to grow into who we truly are as people, it’s not only a good idea but kind of essential to tell our heads to but out every now and then.
As we all know however, this is often times easier said than done. Quieting the committees in our minds can be a tricky thing to say the least and at other times can feel downright impossible. So what are some of the best ways to shut it all off and get back in touch with our hearts?
Try a little meditation or a trip to somewhere quiet where you can give your head a break and start listening to that small, quiet voice within. Chances are you’ll find it knows way more answers than you may have though, quite possibly before your mind does.