obey your heart

sometimes your heart is so ready to surrender and submit but the ego that you’ve strengthened through injustices to your own soul won’t be defeated that easily. in these times, you are able to literally see and feel the ego fighting back, weighing you down. your actions become sluggish, your body slow to obey, your heart slow to submit. no matter how pure your intentions, this internal battle still exists and sometimes the fight seems too difficult to continue. be patient with yourself. slow down. have sincere conversations with god, and know that “Allah desires that He should make light your burdens, and man is created weak.” (4:28)

Until you have eradicated evil, do not obey your heart; for it will seek more of what it already contains within itself.
—  St. Mark the Ascetic
Until you have eradicated evil, do not obey your heart; for it will seek more of what it already contains within itself.
—  St. Mark the Ascetic