What does it mean to "follow your heart"?
It seems like a clear, simple, and profound bit of advice, but I've never been able to make any use of it, and I'm sure many others haven't been able to, either.
Sometimes I come across a fork in the road. It's not a simple matter of preferring one side over the other and choosing, because I've never been down either path before, and I know that my decision will probably impact the rest of my life. I pull out my heart and say "Please guide me, oh Holy Blood Pumper. Which of these paths is the right one for me?" My heart offers no intelligible response. "What!", I say, as I shake it. "Do you your job, dammit!"
I can try different things to see if I can figure out where my heart wants to guide me, but it's just a guess-job and it never really feels right whatsoever.
If I step into the direction of one of the paths, I'm not sure if it's where my heart is actually telling me to go, if it's fear that is guiding me there, or if it's my brain telling me where it thinks my heart should want me to go.
In your own words, what does it mean to follow your heart?
If you do it, how do you do it? How does it work? What is it like? Are there any tips or tricks for understanding your heart's guidance when it's very unclear? (Perhaps you could just try to make one up.) Is there a way to decipher the mysterious blood pumper when it does not have the capacity to communicate with you on a level that you could actually understand?
I'm not asking for magic. I just think this is an interesting subject. We'll see what happens. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.