Do you know how your mind and heart connection affects your well-being? I didn’t give it much thought until Bobbie Burdette, my then wellness coach and teacher, introduced me to HeartMath in 2007.
In this post, you are invited to learn how to improve your mind and heart connection to be happier. There is also one specific relaxation technique I will share with you. It can change your life if you consistently practice it.
And it takes less than five minutes to do!
The HeartMath Research Institute is a nonprofit organization founded in 1991. It is based in Boulder Creek, CA, outside of San Jose. Their focus is scientific research on the interactions between the heart and the brain.
Their mission is to help people obtain “coherence.” This term is used in physics and science to describe systems. It amplifies harmony, connectedness, stability and an efficient use of energy.
Coherence is balanced alignment between your heart’s intuitive guidance and your physical, mental and emotional systems.
Did you know that your heart is having a conversation with your brain every moment of the day? That’s right!
Keep in mind, this is all scientific information, you just need to research it to find out more.
It might blow your mind to know that the heart holds the strongest magnetic field in the body. Your heart’s frequency can be measured three feet outside of your body per HeartMath’s research. Its electromagnetic field is 5,000 times more powerful than your brain.
Positive and Negative Emotions
According to HeartMath, the heart sends more signals to the brain than the other way around.
These signals have an effect on brain function. They influence emotional processes, attention, perceptions, memory and problem solving. What’s more, the heart responds to the brain but the brain continuously responds to the heart.
Negative emotions or feelings such as anger, frustration and anxiety give rise to irregular and erratic heart rhythm patterns. We don’t like those, right? They don’t feel good and can create a lot of physical and mental challenges.
How do you feel when you experience appreciation, joy or love? Uplifting emotions generate smooth, harmonious, heart rhythm waves.
Do you want to know how to cultivate those positive emotions?
Coming up is the relaxation technique I mentioned earlier. It is very relaxing and when practiced daily your well-being will improve.
Step 1. Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area. Breath a little slower and deeper than usual through your belly area, but “imagine” the breath in and out of your heart.
Step 2. Activate and sustain a regenerative feeling such as love, appreciation, care or compassion. One way to do this is to focus on a memory that brings you tremendous joy. It could be an event during a vacation, a concert, a person, or meditation. Stay with it. Relive that moment. Continue breathing slowly and deep through your belly.
Step 3. Radiate that renewing feeling to yourself and others. See your body radiating this bright light or energy to the world. Stay with it for as long as you want.
Cultivating positive emotions and releasing negative emotions is key to finding balance in life.
I use a therapeutic pendulum to release specific negative emotions and increase positive emotions. It is easy and invaluable to me.
HeartMath Research has demonstrated that during stress and negative emotions, your neural signals from your heart to the brain suffers. Your heart’s input to the brain in this negative state, reinforces the emotional experience of stress.
You end up having a hard time thinking clearly, learning or making effective decisions. We all experience that at different degrees.
In contrast, the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states, reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. It means that learning to sustain positive emotions benefits our whole body. It also affects how we perceive, think, feel and perform.
How you feel has a lot to do with how you respond to things. And also what you choose to believe and practice. I say this with much respect and a lifetime of continued learning of the human consciousness. Be aware, choose and practice.
In the end, it is all about Love. Loving yourself first and then everyone and everything else that exists.
Thank you for taking the time to read Your Mind and Heart Connection post.