We now have a deeper understanding and appreciation of the amazing role of the heart and its influence on the brain thanks to the most cutting edge science emerging from The Institute of HeartMath.
Why is this so important?
Its important for many reasons, one of the most interesting is that the heart actually sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart, not just a little bit more information, but a lot more, by a ratio of 9 to 1 in fact.
It is for this reason why the state of heart-brain coherence has gained so much attention and interest. It has been observed in laboratory experiements that when positive emotions, combined with breath are focussed in a specific way in and around the heart, it facilitates, almost instantly, a coherent energetic pathway directly to the cranial brain helping to create what is called cortical facilitation. This in turn helps with problem solving, creativity, mental clarity and focus.
Below is an excerpt from ‘Transforming Anger’ by Doc Childre & Deborah Rozman of The HeartMath Institute.
“The brain operates as a complex pattern matching system. It builds a set of patterns in our neural architecture based on previous experiences, then looks for a match or mismatch to that experience (Pribram and Melges 1969). In 1996, Tillet, McCrathy and Atkinson found that emotions are reflected in the patterns of heart rhythms. Disturbing emotions (such as irritation, frustration, and anger) lead to a more disordered and incoherent pattern. On the other hand, positive emotions (like appreciation, care, compassion, and love) lead to more ordered and coherent heart rhythm patterns.
The brain monitors and interprets the heart rhythm patterns, it compares an incoming pattern from the heart to patterns it has already stored, and often triggers an emotion based on a pattern match. For example, if you are used to getting angry, an incoherent heart rhythm pattern will tend to trigger anger as a familiar response to incoherence.
Researchers have found that tools and techniques that allow you to shift your heart rhythm into a more coherent pattern enable the brain to find a match to a more positive feeling. Love and related positive emotions not only increase coherent heart rhythms, they also increase synchronisation between the heart and brain, resulting in improved mental clarity and cognitive performance.
The heart provides a unique access point from which anyone can regulate many of their reaction patterns. Learning to control your own heart rhythms gets to the heart of anger control. It is self-empowering and self-transforming. It gives you access to an internal source of power and intelligence which you probably have tapped into only unconsciously or intermittently.
The heart is so powerful – generating 60 times the electrical amplitude of the brain – that it can draw your brain, nervous system, and emotions into its coherent rhythms and unlock more of your own innate intelligence.”
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