The mind can be defined as the complex elements through which we perceive, feel, think, and dream. The mind works consciously and unconsciously, affecting our perceptions, emotions, and behavior. Using the mind’s vast capacity, we interpret events, make choices, take actions, and predict the future.
Traditionally, however, Asian philosophers believed the mind was in the heart. (The Chinese character xin, shown above, is used to refer to both the heart and the brain.)
While we now know that this is not literally true, we often rely on our gut feelings, which originate in the self that is intuitive and feeling-based. How often have someone told you to “follow your heart” when making a decision?
Perhaps this is what the traditional philosophers had in mind when they expressed the belief that there is no separation between the heart and mind.