Are You Stressed or Feeling Coherent Heart Rhythms?

“Like water, which can clearly mirror the sky and the trees only so long as its surface is undisturbed, the mind can only reflect the true image of the Self when it is tranquil and wholly relaxed.”   Indra Devi

I don’t know of anyone who hasn’t had times when they are feeling disturbed or upset. When we are in the midst of it we can find it difficult to concentrate on what is going on around us at work or in our home life. It can be difficult to see our way through when things are not going the way we had planned. The Institute of Heart Math has done research showing that Heart rhythms are very reflective of inner emotional states and stress. As you can see in today’s image when we are frustrated, angry or otherwise feeling a ‘negative’ emotion, the result is disorder in the heart’s rhythms and this is also true in the autonomic nervous system – the nervous system that controls the automatic functions in our bodies. This adversely affects the rest of the body, leading to inefficiency and increased stress on the heart and other organs.

In contrast, as you can see on the bottom half of the image, positive emotions create increased harmony and what is called coherence in the heart rhythms. When the heart’s communication is clear and ordered, this coherence helps all our systems to be synchronized and working together harmoniously. Coherence is a high performance state where less energy is being wasted and we become very aware. This is the sort of state we are in when meditating or just sitting quietly focusing on our breathing. Feeling emotions like appreciation, compassion or love still the disorder, affecting the hormonal, immune and nervous systems in a good way, making them more efficient and less stressful to the body. Coherent heart rhythms help facilitate the brain to think more clearly, make better decisions and communicate better. Coherence helps the brain in creativity and innovative problem solving.

If you are experiencing a rough patch, hold on to your vision of how you would like to see your life unfolding, focus on the breath as it goes in and out of the body and imagine that undisturbed surface of the water reflecting that vision back to you and possibly a solution to your problem, because your heart is able to synchronize all your systems and create coherence.

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