One of my favorite books is The Heartmath Solution by Doc Childre and Howard Martin, I am amazed about these incredible breakthroughs in the science of the heart. These two authors have really come up with a wonderful solution to experience more love and happiness daily. The technique is called Heartmath.
The writers embarked on a journey studying the power of the heart, soon they had discovered more than they ever dreamed possible. They found that very interesting things happen when the heart and the brain communicate. For example when the brain sends a signal to the heart, the heart may choose to follow what the brain says or it may do something different, completely independent from the brain’s commands.
While looking into this unusual new finding, they discovered that the same neurons that you find in the brain are also present in the heart. There are around forty thousand neurons in the heart. That’s as many neurons as are found in parts of the brain (in the subcortical centers)! The heart has an independent nervous system. This gives the heart the ability to think, therefore the ability to convey intelligence to the rest of your body. In The Heartmath Solution they call this Heart Intelligence.
The book talks about the best state for your mind and body, and calls this Coherence. Coherence is when your brain waves and heart are in sync. In this state there are many healthy benefits including being able to make better heart guided decisions, experience more happiness and positive emotions.
Thru testing the authors have created techniques to enhance the power of the heart and create Coherence. These techniques are especially helpful when you have big decisions to make, when find yourself in a stressful situation, when you are solving a disagreement and when you are in a place where you want to feel more connected to others and the world. These are just a few benefits of having your heart and brain in sync with one another, there are so many more than I could cover here. I encourage all to pick up the book and learn about these remarkable discoveries!
Heart Lock In, aka Super Charge Your Heart Power:
1. Gently focus on the area of your heart and think of something that makes you feel happy, love, gratitude and smile. Relax and breathe focusing on feeling these good emotions for 5 minutes.
2. After 5 minutes start to send love from your heart to yourself. When you are ready proceed to send love to other important people in your life. One at a time. Imagine that the love you are sending is connecting directly to their heart. You can even visualize a beam connecting your two hearts. Do this for another 5 to 10 minutes.
1. Focus on the area of your heart. Breath in for about 5 to 10 seconds. Imagine that your breath is going directly into your body at your heart area. Some people find it helps to visualize their mouth breathing in and out right at the heart area. I prefer to focus on feeling physical sensations of the breath as if it is entering and exiting at my heart area.
2. Breath out for the same amount of time 5 to 10 seconds imaging that the breath is now exiting your body at the heart area. So your breath is going in your heart and out your heart.
3. Now here is the key in activating the HeartMath state, coherence between the brain and the heart. Think about something that makes you feel happiness and other pleasant emotions like love, joy and gratitude. Continue to do the directed breathing in step 1 & 2 while focusing on these emotions. Do this for as long as you like!
In any situation that life brings this is an excellent way to get centered and use your full intelligence. It has been remarkable help for me over the years so I’m curious just how much it can expand happiness for you! Enjoy and use in large doses over the holidays!