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Heart and Head

“Most of us live outside our heart, and our mind is in a constant state of confusion. Some good thoughts may surface from time to time, but the majority will be harmful, and this destructive condition will prevail for as long as we continue to ignore our heart...The prayers of a fragmented mind have neither clarity nor depth, but a mind that is reunited with the heart overflows with humble prayer and has such strength that it reaches the ears of the Lord of Sabaoth.” (Archimandrite Zacharias of Essex)

“In educating, it is extremely dangerous to only develop the understanding and intellect, and not pay attention to the heart.” (St. John of Krondstat)

“While the mind is the pilot of the body, it was never intended to be self-governed. The mind must be inspired and directed by God’s Spirit who dwells in our hearts. The nest of our mind is our heart—the only place where God dwells. With patience and persistence we can begin to train our minds to rest in this holy place.” (Kevin Scherer)

“...the union of the mind and heart (which precedes our union with God) is granted by divine grace.” (Abbot Tryphon)

“Wherever our heart is fixed – whatever matter delights it, whatever goal is foremost in its yearning – becomes the compass guiding our whole life. As the Lord Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Mt 6:21).” (OCPM 12/22/2017)

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