You can tell this spiraled down to an unproductive rant and much angst. My sister is very patient. I'm pretty sure she was playing a game on her computer while I spouted. It's no wonder she gets those enormous scores on Zuma.
But I still have no answer as to how to "listen to myself". It seems reasonable to let the brain rule. It's smart, right? It looks at the pros and cons of things and makes the intelligent choice. The heart, maybe not so much. It can sometimes be very, very stupid and easily led. But the heart takes feelings and people into consideration. Without heart, we'd just be robots living the letter of the law and forgetting about the spirit of it. Been there, done that.
As for some other body parts, well, they just need to shut the hell up. I'm going to try and listen to my brain this time.