Heartmath

HeartmathIt’s Valentine’s Day. I never think about this holiday too much, but recently I have been working with some of the research that comes from the Institute of HeartMath. So what better day to tell you about some of these exciting studies? The folks have done an amazing job looking at the role of our physical heart in our body, and how that affects our mood, our energy, and our deepest sense of life energy.

Here’s some of what I learned from the Institute of HeartMath at its website, www.heartmath.org:

Our research and that of others indicate that the heart is far more than a simple pump. The heart is, in fact, a highly complex, self-organized information processing center with its own functional “brain” that communicates with and influences the cranial brain via the nervous system, hormonal system and other pathways. These influences profoundly affect brain function and most of the body’s major organs, and ultimately determine the quality of life.

We tend to privilege thinking with our minds as the primary way of knowing, but our hearts have a deeper knowledge and way of communicating. When we tune into our heart knowledge, another world opens up to us. Our hearts use the language of love and appreciation, but are also profoundly sensitive to fear and stress.

For those who live with chronic illness, with its’ stresses and worries, learning we have a choice is a powerful thing. We can allow our heart to pull us into states of anxiety or we can learn to entrain with a higher energy of appreciation and relaxation. Practicing deliberately entraining on this positive level can have results that are astounding.

According to the research, our hearts are the strongest biological oscillators in the human system — the strongest pendulum in a collection of clocks — the rest of the body’s systems can be pulled into entrainment with the heart’s rhythms … As an example, when we’re in a state of deep love or appreciation, the brain synchronizes — comes into harmony — with the heart’s harmonious rhythms … According to our studies, when we transcend our ordinary performance and feel in harmony with something else — whether it’s a glorious sunset, inspiring music, or another human being — what we’re really coming into sync with is ourselves … When we’re engaged with our hearts, the mind slows down and our thoughts become more rational and focused.

For those who live with chronic illness, with its’ stresses and worries, learning we have a choice is a powerful thing. We can allow our heart to pull us into states of anxiety or we can learn to entrain with a higher energy of appreciation and relaxation. Practicing deliberately entraining on this positive level can have results that are astounding.

The practice of tuning in to your heart is simple, but often not easy. It requires that we take some moments in a quiet place and sense our heart space.

The practice of tuning in to your heart is simple, but often not easy. It requires that we take some moments in a quiet place

Take a moment to do that now. Feel your heart beating, feel its pull on your physical energy. Now think of something good, something that makes you smile. Maybe someone you love, maybe a glorious view, or a moment of harmony and peace in your life. Allow a few moments for your heart to set the rhythm. Now breathe with that rhythm. You are coming into sync with yourself. The more you can contact and ride with your heart, the more resource you give yourself for healing and well being.

Look around the website heartmath.org and experiment with what you find. As always, let me know what you think — but maybe this time, also what you find you are feeling!

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