The Brain in The Heart

The Brain in The Heart

Heart intuition or intelligence brings the freedom and power to accomplish what the mind, even with all the disciplines and affirmations in the world, can't do if it's out of sync with the Heart. 

(The HeartMath Solution)

In recent years, neuroscientists have made an exciting discovery.  They’ve found that the heart has its own independent nervous system – a complex system referred to as “the brain in the heart”.  

There are at least 40,000 neurons (nerve cells) in the heart – as many as are found in various subcortical centres in the brain. 

This “brain the in heart” is now known to affect the amygdala, the thalamus and the cortex, creating a two-way communication system between the brain and the heart.

Through research at the HeartMath Institute they have discovered that the heart does not necessarily obey all instructions from the brain.  Instead the heart responds as if it had its own distinctive logic.

The selectivity of the heart’s response indicated that it wasn’t merely mechanically responding to a signal from the brain.  Rather, the heart’s response appeared to depend on the nature of the particular task at hand and the type of mental processing it required.

Even more interesting, they found that the heart appeared to be sending messages back to the brain that the brain not only understood but obeyed.  And it looked as though these messages from the heart could actually influence a person’s behaviour.

They discovered that our heartbeats are also an intelligent language that significantly influences how we perceive and react to the world. 

The rhythmic beating patterns of the heart are transformed into neural impulses that directly affect the electrical activity of the higher brain centres – those involved in cognitive and emotional processing.

It has been established that the heart has the  capacity to “think for itself” under certain circumstances.

Quote from HeartMath -

"We are coming to understand health as not the absence of disease, but rather the process by which individuals maintain their sense of coherence (i.e. sense that life is comprehensable, manageable, and meaningful) and ability to function in the face of changes in themselves and their relationships with their environment".

Emotions and Resilience

Emotions and resilience are closely related because emotions are the primary drivers of many key physiological processes involved in energy regulation.

HeartMath define resilience as the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, adversity, trauma or challenge. 

Therefore, it follows that a key to sustaining good health, optimal function and resilience is the ability to manage one’s emotions.

It has been suggested that resilience should be considered as a state rather than a trait and that a person’s resilience can vary over time as demands, circumstances and level of maturity change. I

The ability to build and sustain resilience is related to self-management and efficient utilization of energy resources across four domains:  physical, emotional, mental and spiritual 

Physical resilience is basically reflected in physical flexibility, endurance and strength.

Emotional resilience is reflected in the ability to self-regulate, degree of emotional flexibility, positive outlook and supportive relationships.

Mental resilience is reflected in the ability to sustain focus and attention, mental flexibility and the capacity for integrating multiple points of view.

Spiritual resilience is typically associated with commitment to core values, intuition and tolerance of others’ values and beliefs.

Benefits of Guided Meditation

For thousands of years people have used meditation to move beyond the mind’s stress-inducing thoughts and emotional upsets  into the peace and clarity of present moment awareness.

The variety of meditation techniques, traditions, and technologies is nearly infinite, but the essence of meditation is singular: the cultivation of mindful awareness and expanded consciousness.

Guided meditations make it easier to get heart, mind, and body in sync (coherent) and add value to your meditation experience.

It is accurate to say that the purpose of meditation depends on the meditator – but it is also true that anyone who has had an introduction to meditation and proceeds to meditate regularly receives profound benefits on all levels – physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual.

New research is also showing that meditation restores the brain.

A landmark study conducted by Massachusetts General Hospital found that as little as eight weeks of meditation not only helped people feel calmer but also produced changes in various areas of the brain, including growth in the areas associated with memory, empathy, sense of self, and stress regulation.

"Meditation can be a useful part of cardiovascular risk reduction," says cardiologist Dr. Deepak Bhatt, a professor at Harvard Medical School. "I do recommend it, along with diet and exercise. It can also help decrease the sense of stress and anxiety."

How does meditation affect you physiologically?

"It appears to produce changes in brain activity. It also can lower your heart rate, blood pressure, breathing rate, oxygen consumption, adrenaline levels, and levels of cortisol, a hormone released in response to stress," says Dr. Bhatt.

HeartMath Inc.’s Executive Vice President, said,

“We have this magnificent intelligence that lifts us beyond our problems even in the midst of chaos and confusion. When the heart is put into practical application in daily life, we can experience a new fulfillment, a new life, beyond our greatest expectations.”

Posted: Thu 15 Aug 2019

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