I have spent a lot of time on this site over the last year talking about how you can control your life and thrive by staying in the positive and appreciative state to master your self-growth.
But what if I told you that your mind is not only controlled by you-the higher self you- but another organ of your body?
Over the past 40 years, there have been studies uncovering the function of your heart and it’s role in how your brain/mind operates.
There is a whole organization, founded in 1991, with studies, products, websites etc. centered around what you can do to improve your life by improving your emotional well-being.
The organization, founded by Doc Childre, is called Heartmath.
What HeartMath found
The studies of heart function was first just monitoring the heartbeats in short periods of time. The Heartmath Institute widened the time that the beats were monitored and the effects on the brain.
The research done by Heartmath has shown that your heart activity will have an effect on the functioning of your brain depending on your emotional states.
During times of stress or negative emotions, your heart will have a disordered and erratic pattern. The neural signals that travel to the brain from your heart in this time will actually impede your brain’s higher cognitive functioning. Remembering, thinking clearly, learning and your reasoning skills are just some of those higher cognitive skills.
And actually this has a snowballing effect on you because when your brain is experiencing negative emotions and your heart is also, your heart’s beats will mirror and effectively reinforce your emotional stress.
Just the opposite is true, as well. When your heart has an even and stable pattern of beats and your brain is in a positive emotional state, you will be able to have higher cognitive function and your heart will help you keep positive emotions and stability.
It used to be thought that your heart faithfully beat at an very steady rate. that is not the case. Studying the heart beat showed that there is a pronounced difference in the time between beats. This is called HRV or heart rate variability.
So how does this variance happen? It is the autonomic nervous system’s two parts which are constantly controlling the heart’s beat. The ANS (or autonomic nervous system) regulates most of the body’s internal functions all your life. There is the sympathetic nerves which acts to speed up your heart rate and then there is the parasympathetic nerves which slows your heart rate down.
These two nerves are constantly working to keep your body operating in its optimal range while responding to internal and external factors.
Therefore, the HRV is the best method of monitoring the ANS and its balance.
Rhythms and emotions
With all this new information, you can deduce that your ANS (autonomic nervous system) and your HRV (heart rate variability) is very important to your well being. Although physical exercise and just your breathing habits affect your ANS and HRV, it has been proven that your emotions and feelings have the biggest effect.
Which emotions and feelings are best to have your body run at its best? You guessed it! Positive ones.
When in a negative state, the two parts of your ANS is essentially fighting with each other. The results are not good for your body at all . You need your body to experience and constant flow of positivity and gratitude for what you now have so that these two nerves mentioned can work together harmoniously.
This is just a brief synopsis of valuable information that I read from the Heartmath site. I found this site to be a plethora of excellent facts that could help you live a better more balanced life.
After reading, I found myself consciously thinking about my breathing and ‘breathing from my heart’, I guess you could say. This of course was while being in ‘the now’. I cannot put in words how this has changed me.
I hope all that read this can gain some knowledge from it and implement it. You won’t be sorry.