“Follow your heart!”, the phrase is being more popular these days than ever. May be because of having around too many disciplines which ultimately end up pressurizing us and we want to escape from that by putting “I want to follow my heart!!”.
The original meaning is as profound and powerful as it is destructive if misused. Heart has different meanings in biology and in psychology (our general understanding). It is physical organism that just pump blood to others as in biology. Though the rate of pumping drastically affect the human nature. But in general terms of life, heart is (virtual) organism that produce feelings, intuitions, decisions, biased judgments towards loved ones. Though this is misconception that heart is capable of doing such things, it is rooted in out understanding of life.
We have biased perceptions, false assumptions, ignorance of facts, hatred to truth and also believes heart is responsible of these feelings and puts labels “I am this heart and you are that heart”. You are sweet heart when you are happy, rude heart when you are angry, dumb heart when you are in frustration etc., we never had control on our heart and feelings.
A kite is flying in the sky. Flying happily and peacefully as it is supposed to be. But it believes that air is balancing it. When good breeze comes, it goes higher. Kite fell for that attraction of flying higher by the good breeze, but was totally ignorant that it is going to follow unpredictable breezes. It wants to fly on its own, in that desire it detached from the thread. Now the kite is flying more higher, feels very happy. Finally concludes that “Following the air” made itself happier and higher in its life. But unfortunately the breeze slowed down, now the kite is falling slowly. Kite is thinking “OK, may be this is just its normal behavior. It will fly up again after this small interval”. But the breeze is being too unpredictable and kite is suffering too much disturbance. There comes the storm, wind suddenly becomes wild and blowing so fast. Kite is flying far away, now not even in its hand to get balanced. Finally the fierce storm tore it apart and poor kite had to end its life in distress.
We are like the kites in sky, floating on unpredictable heart and feelings. Even though we detect its ups and downs, we take it granted labeling “mood swings“, “Its like that“, “The reality“, “The practical life“, “such a mature that I can detect these” totally ignoring we are not coming out of that illusion. For the kite to come out of the illusion, it had to admit that “The real happiness of surviving is to fly peacefully and balanced, no matter of what height it is flying”. It needs peace and balanced in its life and has to understand that it should not believe this unpredictable, unstable air, but has to put faith on the one who standing on the ground and is holding and balancing the thread. More stable the man is, more peaceful kite flies. Importantly, stability will not comes at first time and the man has to practice to do so.
In general our heart has to be stable to keep us peaceful and balanced. The modern sayings “Mood swings, love&Relationships has to be trashed and come out of illusions. It should be completely simple and extremely calm. When your heart is stable, empty, simple, calm from all types of feelings and perceptions, you started finding peace. You started cleaning of yourself. Only then you can understand true and profound meaning of “Follow your heart!”.