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Let Your Heart Talk to Your Brain
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Did you know that the heart contains a brain in its own right? What do researchers mean when they talk about heart-brain interactions? Why is it important to you?

Researchers at the Institute of HeartMath have shown that the human heart possesses the equivalent of its own brain. It's called the heart brain, and it interacts and communicates with the head brain.

In other words, the heart has its own way of knowing.

Until recently, scientists assumed that only the head brain sent information and commands to the heart.  But now we know it works both ways. The heart and head continually exchange information that influences how the body functions.

Dr. J. Andrew Armour introduced the term heart brain in 1991.  He showed that the heart’s nervous system qualified as a “little brain.” This heart brain, explains Science of the Heart
“is an intricate network of several types of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells, like those found in the brain proper."

 Research shows that the heart communicates to the brain in four major ways:

  Neurologically (through the transmission of nerve impulses), 
 Biochemically (via  hormones and neurotransmitters),
 Biophysically (through pressure waves),
 Energetically (through electromagnetic field interactions)

Its circuitry enables the heart brain to act independently of the cranial brain – to learn, remember, and even feel and sense.

“Communication along all these conduits significantly affects the brain’s activity,” Science of the Heart says. “Moreover, research shows that messages the heart sends the brain can also affect performance.”

Each of us can direct our heart to communicate to the brain and body in beneficial ways. When we experience  emotions such as caring, compassion or appreciation, the heart processes these emotions, and its rhythm becomes more coherent and harmonious.  The heart then sends this harmonious information throughout  the entire body via the processes mentioned above.

Try the Quick Coherence Technique:

Heart Focus:
Shift your attention to the area of the heart and breathe slowly and deeply.

Heart Breathing:
 Focus in the heart area while gently breathing –  five seconds in and five seconds out – through your heart. Do this two or three times.

Heart Feeling:
Activate and sustain a genuine feeling of appreciation or care for someone or something in your life. Focus on the good heart feeling as you continue breathing through the heart area. 

Quick Coherence Technique slideshow and audio

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