Then there is the inner heart, where the fire of the soul burns in serene simplicity, waiting for us to fan its flames.
There is a gateway to the inner heart and its key is the mind. Without the mind, it is far too easy to fool yourself, to believe you are sincere and earnest when in truth all that leads you is a self-centered heart. All too often, we see how people justify the most unethical behavior by saying, “my heart told me this was right.” But the heart to which they hearkened was the animal heart that barks in the forest. Often, it barks so loud, the inner heart cannot at all be heard.
Which is why we need the mind: to sit and contemplate, to focus on the depth of what our inner heart is telling us, until its voice can be heard, amplified and crystal clear.
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Excerpt from Chabad.org – Mind or Heart?