Follow your Heart
I sometimes tell people to follow their hearts rather than give them advice. They almost never do. They follow their minds, which they often call their intuition. One FB teacher calls her mind “woman’s intuition.” For others it is advice received. For others it is a book or something a guru says.
You can watch someone who follows their heart. They glow. They are filled with life and yet there is a deep peace. The heart knows with utter certainty.
Then the mind descends. It is like a dark blanket. It settles downwards from the brain to the rest of the body. The happiness is gone. You can actually see the change in their faces, which becomes contorted with doubt, and even their posture changes. Confusion prevails, and then again begins a desperate search for signs or guides to the way, which hours before had been so perfectly clear.
Then there is utter lostness with only a few hours or days of mental “certainty.”
"They become like a starving person who has found a crust of bread on the kitchen floor and is so fixated on that discovery that they spend all their time looking for more fallen crumbs instead of standing up and walking a short distance to the dining room, where there is a nine course meal waiting for them.
"He/she asks, in agony, where the rest of the food is.
"Several people who care about them deeply hear their cry and tell them of two different paths they can take to reach the feast. But rather than take either path, they decide to read books about the best methods to find crumbs on the ground."
Yet, what to do? We each have to find our own way, in our own time.