The Endless Conflict of Mind and Heart

Here recently I’ve felt conflict between my mind and my heart.

I believe that the things I feel in my heart, in my gut, in the deep places of who I am–those are the truths.

That said, my conditioning to religious systematics seems to rear its ugly head quite a bit more often than I’d like.

Here’s the cycle I tend to be trapped in:

  • I feel a truth in my gut/heart–and it’s normally a very simple, yet transforming realization
  • I think on that feeling
  • I rationalize and analyze it in my intellect
  • I make it very complicated
  • In my attempt to basically make it a theology, I lose the very thing that changed me
  • I feel empty, dogmatic, and religious once again

What a vicious cycle indeed.

Why am I unsatisfied with BEING? Why must I always try to “do, do, do”. Sometimes that even means trying to “learn, learn, learn” or “realize, realize, realize”.

I seem to be in endless pursuit of the next best thing…and I don’t want to be any longer.

“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication”
~Leonardo Da Vinci

“Make everything as simple as possible, but not simpler”
~Albert Einstein

Photo is “Freed Heart, Understanding Mind”, by Dale Wicks
It is accompanied by this poem:

The shell no longer does confine
when hearts embrace higher design
Connecting intimately with eternal one
found in the room of midnight sun
No style of speech is found, but praise
A song of peace, the soul does raise
The bars swing open to his temporal dwell
for he sees in this midst, that all is well
A glory that shall never fade
unlike the things that man has made
Deserving of the deepest affection
for it is the key to love’s perfection.

  • Ginger

    Wow…great post…I am right along with you.

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  • Jeffrey

    thanks ginger. it often helps me to know that others are in similar places in their journey, as I am in mine…even if that place is confusion. Or is it hyper clarity? Funny how often I mistake those two things for each other. Ha.

  • Hil

    I don’t know that I’ve done this before but I have a blog request…and if you’ve exhausted the subject in a previous blog feel free to direct me to that one BUT I’d like to hear more of your thoughts on choices (in gray areas and beyond) and what you rhetorically asked once at panera “Does it bring bondage or not?”
    Just thinking on your thoughts this morning. :) Much love friend.

  • Jeffrey

    I’d be glad to think on that and get some posts up on that subject Hil. Look for it soon.

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