“Everyone should carefully observe which way his heart draws him, and then choose that way with all his strength.” ~Hasidic proverb.
Growing up, I heard it whispered in my evangelical churches that following one’s heart was wrong. It was unwise, immature and fool-hardy. Disney movies be damned, it seemed, because they always advocated a heroine who “followed her heart” and found something true that way. And there was no way truth could be found with our hearts as the thoroughfare.
So I proceeded that way.
The only way to “listen to the head” sufficiently was to suppress the heart. We must cut down the over-growth of emotion and feeling in order to believe and understand truth. Emotions were something to be rid of.
But really, how else do we connect with God? Only through our heads? Only through our minds? Maybe some head-only, philosophy-only, theology-only seminary students “connect” with God through their heads only. I guess it’s possible.
Not me. I have always loved God first and mostly with my heart…