May 22, 2020
2 min read


The Trial, a Kafkaesque journey into the depths of the human condition, eerily reflects our own internal struggle between the mind and the heart. Just as Josef K awakens to inexplicable arrest and prosecution, we often find ourselves lost and disconnected from our hearts, living in fear of our own powerful emotions. The novel's exploration of alienation, bureaucracy, and legal absurdity mirrors our own internal battles, highlighting the tension between our rational minds and our intuitive hearts.

The HeartMath Institute, through decades of research, sheds light on the profound connection between these two centers of our being. They reveal the heart's "functional brain," influencing cognitive function, emotional stability, and resilience. While negative experiences can lead us to disengage from our hearts, the heart's remarkable ability to communicate with the brain and create new neural pathways offers a path back to connection.

Like Josef K, waiting for the gatekeepers' elusive permission to access the law, we often find ourselves at the mercy of our minds. These metaphorical gatekeepers, represented by the two figures guarding the entrance to the law, symbolize the seemingly impenetrable barrier between our head and heart. On one side lies the mind, a complex and often confusing bureaucratic system that dominates our lives. On the other lies the heart, our true essence and the source of harmony, empathy, joy, and unconditional love.

Josef K's struggle to gain entry into the law becomes a potent metaphor for our own journey toward self-realization. He stands before the gatekeepers for years, yearning for access but constantly denied. Their warnings and apparent power highlight the fear we often experience when confronting our vulnerabilities.

Yet, ultimately, the gatekeepers serve a crucial purpose. By acknowledging and embracing our vulnerabilities, we are granted entry through the gate and find our true home in the heart. We must allow ourselves to feel our emotions, even the painful ones, for within them lie the keys to our freedom. Our heart, not the mind, holds the compass that guides us towards our true purpose. While the gatekeepers of the mind may seem formidable, they ultimately serve as a distraction from the true home within us - the heart.


  • Kafka, F. (1998). The Trial. New York: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group.
  • McCraty, R. (2015). Science of The Heart: Exploring the role of the heart in human performance. Volume 2.