For centuries the heart has been considered the center for emotions, feelings and intuitive wisdom. The brain, on the other hand, has been touted as the central hub and intellectual powerhouse, often taking precedence over the heart. This view has lead to a rather one-sided approach, with the primarily focus given to the heart’s response to the brain’s commands.
Recent scientific research, however, has shown that the communication between the heart and brain is actually an on-going, energizing, two-way dialogue influencing information processing.
The results of numerous scientific studies taken together demonstrates that the heart is central to human health, success and fulfillment. These studies show the vital role our heart has in our overall well-being, demonstrating that intentionally altering one’s emotional state (through heart focus methods) affects the neurological input from the heart to the brain. Saying goodbye to the old notion that the heart is just a pump.
The heart is indeed a highly complex, processing center with it’s own ‘brain’ that communicates and influencesthe central brain. These influences have a dramatic affect on our brain function and most of the body’s major organs; ultimately determining ones quality of life.
it´s the rhythm of the heartbeat that counts.
Doc Childre, Rollin McCraty and HeartMath´s research team, through decades of research, have discovered that certain patterns in the heart rhythm correspond to a particular emotional state.
The excerpt below as noted in Ode Magazine (Kamp, Jurriaan (June 2005) A change of heart changes everything,Ode Magazine) speaks to the term “coherence”.
(Rollin) McCraty explains, “With every heartbeat, information is supplied that affects our emotions, our physical health and the quality of our lives.” This means that feelings of compassion, love, care and appreciation produce a smoothly rolling, HeartMath calls it “coherent” – heart rhythm, while feelings of anger, frustration, fear and danger emit a jagged and capricious–“incoherent”–image. But this is more than a statistical difference. HeartMath´s research shows that a different heart rhythm leads to other chemical and electrical – even neurological – reactions in the body.
The author goes on to note his experience with the biofeedback techniques:
“The first time I start up the Freeze-Framer at home and attach the sensor to my finger, a freakish pattern appears on my computer screen (see image). My heart rhythm is all wild peaks and valleys or, in HeartMath jargon, an “incoherent pattern.” I then perform my prescribed exercise. I shift my thoughts to the area around my heart, I visualize that I´m breathing in through my heart and out through my solar plexus (the energy point under the breastbone, above the belly button). I remember a sweet memory with my daughter. I feel the warmth of our contact at that moment… and I see the graph on the computer screen change. The exercise, which I´ve only been doing for a couple of minutes, is quick and effective. The volatile peaks change into rolling hills on my screen. My incoherent heart rhythm has synchronized into a coherent rhythm. And what I can´t see on the line of the graph, but know – from HeartMath research – is that my body is now functioning in a more healthy and wholesome way.”
– Jurriaan Kamp, Ode Magazine
And the research is telling. A few notable studies with Fortune 500 companies are summarized below. Please visit HeartMath.org for further studies validating the heart-brain connection and the significant role our heart plays in our overall well-being.
- Motorola managers: A group of Motorola managers attended a HeartMath workshop where they were exposed to the HeartMath Biofeedback Technology. Prior to the workshop one-quarter of the managers had high blood pressure. Six months after the workshop (and consistent use of the HeartMath Biofeedback Technology) all the managers had normal blood pressures levels. Another such study with Hewlett-Packard managers showed comparable results with the average blood pressure falling from 138/86 to 128/80. The drop in blood pressure by using the biofeedback tools is comparable to the effect of losing nearly 44 pounds.
- Unilever (a food and household products multinational corporation) showed drastic increases in the favorable hormone DHEA after exposure and use of the HeartMath Biofeedback Tools. After six months of using the HeartMath tools, the DHEA of the subjects increased by an average of 50 percent. After nine months of using the biofeedback techniques, the average DHEA rose an incredible 90 percent! The biofeedback tools prove beneficial for people suffering from chronic diseases as well and several studies show the impressive and life changing statistics. Another HeartMath study demonstrate the tangible monetary savings on health care costs and absenteeism that a company can realize by increasing the DHEA and overall satisfaction of their employees citing a savings upwards of $700 U.S. per employee a year. For a company with 1,000 employees, that would mean a savings of $ 700,000 U.S. a year.
Please check back frequently for updates and excerpts from recent studies as well as visiting HeartMath.org.
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The Electromagnetic Field of the Heart
But if that´s not enough, there´s more.
Did you know that your everyday interactions, moods and attitudes not only affect your own experience, but they can also influence those around you?
The heart generates the strongest rhythmic electromagnetic field in the body. Measured with modern magnetic field meters, the heart’s electromagnetic field is approximately five thousand times greater in strength than the field produced by the brain. The heart’s field permeates every cell in the body and radiates up to eight feet outside the body.
Scientific research has shown that someone with a coherent heart rhythm has a demonstrably positive effect on other people in close proximity to them (and a negative effect for an incoherent heart rhythm). That means your everyday interactions, moods and attitudes not only affect your own experience, but they can also influence those around you.
Take that to heart next time you are in the presence of someone else. You may have an even greater effect on another than you thought. The science shows that if your heart rhythm is coherent, there is a greater chance that your environment will also behave coherently. So the health of your surroundings starts with your own health. Changing your environment starts with you.
“A lot of people feel powerless. Climate change. Poverty. War. Terrorism. There are so many things we could fear in the world. So where do you start as an individual, when the size of the problems seem so daunting? It is important to know that you can have a demonstrably positive effect on the world. We can change the world, starting with ourselves.”
– Bruce Cryer, HeartMath President and CEO