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  • Writer's pictureAekansh Dixit

Love: Heart, or Brain?

“Love is an intense feeling of deep affection” Did anyone ever wonder why the poor human organ “heart” is related to the terms love, affection, happiness, attraction, and all the other forms of intense feelings? Does the heart actually think and feel?

Most of us know the heart as an organ which pumps purified blood to all other parts of our body. But when the topic love comes up, we hear everyone telling sentences like “From the bottom of my heart…”, ” My heart beats for you…”, etc. Why is it that there is a mention of the heart whenever the topic of love is discussed. It is indeed an interesting topic to wonder about.

People often call the heart as an innocent, blind creature. I do not know how far that is true. But what I do know is that the human heart is greedy. Yes, greedy for love. It needs love. When it gets love, it needs more love, and then more and more. That is why most of the people often fall in love, and the sad part of their story is that they often tend to be on the giving side, and not the receiving side. Either way, their hearts are giving love, or receiving love.

Talking about love, it is an intense feeling of deep affection. I am talking about loving a person, and not other aspects of love. How many of us actually think that it is in our hearts that we love someone? Well, you can keep your views. Lets go deeper into reality.

There are three parts, or sections, of our brain. The concious mind, the unconscious mind, and the subconscious mind. Let me brief you about the three. We will, for now, focus mainly on the subconscious mind as it is often blamed for every belief, and every feeling that you hate, or love.

The conscious mind consists of everything inside of our awareness. This is the aspect of our mental processing that we can think and talk about in a rational way. The unconscious mind (or the unconscious) consists of the processes in the mind that occur automatically and are not available to introspection, and include thought processes, memory, affect, and motivation.

And now, coming to the subconscious mind: Think of the subconscious mind as the storage room of everything that is currently not in your conscious mind. The subconscious mind stores all of your previous life experiences, your beliefs, your memories, you skills, all situations you’ve been through and all images you’ve ever seen.

That might probably give you an information on the three main parts of our brains. Now, how is it related to love and heart? Well, the thing is, heart is never related to love according to me. It is just an misterm to the subconscious mind in the aspect of love. Heart is an organ which pumps blood, and in any way cannot be compared to the brain, which not only has to ability to control every processes in our body, but also an super power to think logically.

Then, why was it associated with love?  It seems to me that when most people say “heart” when referring to love, they are mostly talking about an obscure unseen part of them that houses their emotions. In the west, we consider the mind (or the intellect) and the heart to be two separate things. This, I’m pretty sure, comes from classical Greek philosophy, such as Plato and Aristotle. However, in ancient Hebrew, for example, as I understand it there was only one word for both the place in a human for the intellect and emotions, which is typically translated in the Bible as the “spirit,” and that was what they associated with love.

So I guess the idea of “heart and love” is pretty much clear now to everyone who read this post. Now the main question, how is love a quest for more? Did anyone fall in love? Most of them did, and those who didn’t, will probably fall soon. Had anyone noticed that once we are in love, we want more and more love? Heartbreaks are often sure in most of the cases, but still, we do manage to move on and continue living life with love. How does that occur? Why do we still believe in love deep down in our brains, when we are actually heart broken from the top?

Well, the point is, our subconscious mind readily believes in love. And you cannot change anything in your subconscious mind until you bypass the conscious mind. We will go deeper into that condition later, for now lets keep them at the bay.

“Live life with love, or else you die everyday.”

That said, it is more easy to win hearts by love than by hatred, right? I guess I answered most of the questions through this post. Well, now its up to you to decide whether you will continue to associate the heart with love or not. According to me, lets just pretend we do not know the truth and continue linking the heart with love. After all, who likes “I love you from the deeper part of my brain” than “I love you from the bottom of my heart”? 

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