The Secret Power of Your Heart

“A dream can be a powerful thing, especially when it comes from the heart.”

-Jiminy Cricket

Jiminy Cricket really knew what he was talking about in his day.  In fact, your heart is the most powerful generator of electromagnetic energy in your body, producing the largest electromagnetic field of any of your organs.  The interaction between your emotions, heart, and physical health is far more profound than you may know.  Thanks to research in quantum physics, energy psychology, and the Institute of Heart Math, we are beginning to understand the interaction between emotions, heart, physical health, and energy fields.

The heart’s electrical field is about 60 times greater than the electrical activity generated by the brain. This energy field can be detected anywhere on the surface of the body with an electrocardiogram (ECG).   Even more fascinating is the fact that the magnetic field produced by the heart is more than 5,000 times greater in strength than the field generated by the brain.  This electromagnetic field can be detected several feet from the body.  Your emotions create changes in that same energy field which may transmit information that can be received by other people.

Feeling the positive emotions of joy, love, or gratitude increase your level of coherence, the state we often refer to when we think of the athlete “zone” or being in the “flow.”  Coherence is a measurable state in which your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual health are in alignment.  Coherence promotes increased mental clarity, improved immune system functioning and sleep, autonomic nervous system balance, emotional balance, cognitive discernment, and better overall health.  Organizations such as NASA and Hewlitt Packard have been known to use a device which measures coherence to improve employee performance and satisfaction at work.

Negative emotions decrease our state of coherence.  Feeling angry, frustrated, sad, or grief stricken can reverse all of the health benefits mentioned above while decreasing your ability to think clearly.

Your level of coherence generates energy that creates that electromagnetic field surrounding your own body.  This is the reason that you may feel more energized, negative, motivated, relaxed, moody, or creative after spending time with other people.  You are literally sharing energy, which speaks to the importance of choosing your company wisely.

You can literally change your health by putting yourself in a different emotional state.  Pets, children, movies, books, music, and even your thoughts can help you experience gratitude, joy, or love, thus changing your entire energy field and increasing your level of coherence.

Here is my favorite exercise that you can begin practicing today to practice coherence and improve your health.  This exercise was created by the Institute of Heart Math, the world renowned leader in research on mind body medicine.  The Institute of Heart Math recommends doing this exercise 2-3 times a day, particularly when you wake up and before going to bed.

1)  Begin breathing deeply and think of your heart.

2)  As you continue to breathe, begin to “breathe through your heart.”  Imagine that breath going straight through your heart.  Keep going for a minute or so.

2)  As you continue, begin to feel gratitude.  Think of something that induces a feeling of gratitude  (pets, children, family) and continue to imagine that feeling.

I use the EmWave technology, a biofeedback device created by the Institute of Heart Math, to measure my own level of coherence when practicing this exercise and know for certain that this is effective.  Interestingly, this technique is incredibly effective in helping decrease depression, anxiety, and chronic stress.  It can also help treat addiction and improve insomnia, sleep difficulty, and problems with addictive behaviors and eating disorders.  There is much, much more to all of this.  The heart-brain relationship is best explained by the Institute of Heart Math here, but you can also read a complete list of the research on heart coherence here.

That’s all from the beautiful east coast of Florida today, folks.  What’s up with the Cowboys this season?  It looks like their last game cost the head coach his job, eh?  Now that Tony is out with a broken collar bone and half of Peyton’s team is injured this season, I’m feeling like maybe the Panthers might have a real chance.

As Jiminy also said, “Toodle-oo, Stromboli!”

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