The mind is as to the heart as reason is as to passion. They war continually and rarely agree. The mind believes it is superior, and seeks always to lead the heart. The heart however longs for independence…to do as it pleases, damning the consequences.
I see parallels here between the Spirit and the Flesh (Gal 5:17). The Spirit is wise and controlled, but the Flesh is foolish and seeks to be uninhibited by reason. I also see parallels with the Church/Religion and the World/State. The Church believes it has authourity and wisdom to lead, while the World refuses to be subjected to its authority, but to live in independence.
How does the mind and the heart function together to keep a soul at peace? For surely, a house divided against itself cannot stand (Mark 3:25). When the heart has it’s way, the mind is silenced and ignored. When the mind overrules action, the heart laments and is frustrated. Can reason and passion co-exist in harmony?