Hearts and Listening To Them

“Tell your heart that the fear of suffering is worse than the suffering itself. And that no heart has ever suffered when it goes in search of its dreams, because every second of the search is a second’s encounter with God and with eternity” — The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho.

I’ve been thinking about the heart a lot lately. I’ve been thinking about the two schools of thought: the one that tells you to listen to your heart alone (every disney movie ever) and the one that tells you your heart is deceitful and it would be unwise to listen to it (Jeremiah 17:9).

I like to think that I am learning how to find the balance between the two. My heart isn’t purposely deceitful. It’s not manipulating me to make sure I have a miserable existence. It just wants. The only problem, is that it wants everything and nothing at the same time. One day it passionately wants one thing, the next day it wants the exact opposite.

But, I was given my heart. I was given my soul. And, my heart and soul have the life of God breathed into them. There is a reason God gave us a heart. So, it could want. So, it could beat life into us. So, we could learn to enjoy others and places and things. So, we could enjoy God and his gifts. Listening to my heart is listening to what God gave me. Listening to what he is constantly beating inside of me. I just need to learn how to hear it. I need to learn what it is saying to me.

“Well, then, why should I listen to my heart?”
“Because you will never again be able to keep it quiet. Even if you pretend not to have heard what it tells you, it will always be there inside you, repeating to you what you’re thinking about life and about the world.”
“You mean I should listen, even if it’s treasonous?”
“Treason is a blow that comes unexpectedly. If you know your heart well, it will never be able to do that to you. Because you’ll know its dreams and wishes, and will know how to deal with them.” — The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho

I think, as everything else, your heart grows and matures. Surely, it becomes easier to decipher and brings along more peace. Surely.

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