Yogananda says it so much better than I ever could in this following quote.
“When guided by error, human will misleads us; but when guided by wisdom, human will is attuned to the Divine Will. God’s plan for us often becomes obscured by the conflicts of human life and so we lose the inner guidance that would save us from chasms of misery.”
The lower mind, which is the mind of information, logic, and emotions, is almost exclusively focused on the ego or “I/Me.” The higher mind, which is the mind of intuition and wisdom, not only connects with the Truth to guide a decision, but it is a decision that goes beyond self to provide for the well-being of others.
In this sense, and in many others, living a wisdom inspired life avoids the “chasms of misery.”