Heart felt feelings ... what does that mean?
The Miriam Webster Dictionary says that heartfelt is something that is earnest, sincere, or deeply felt.
When we tell someone we love them, when we express our condolences to another person, etc. are we truly feeling what we’re saying? Is it the brain in charge of telling the heart what and how to feel? Or is it the heart that tells the brain what to think and act?
Traditionally, we have learned and concluded that the brain is the organ responsible for sending messages to the rest of the body. However, how does this happen? How does the brain know what specific signals to send to the rest of the body, and to each other organ individually?
New research shows the human heart is much more than an efficient pump that sustains life. Research conducted by the Heart-Math Institute suggests the heart also is an access point to a source of wisdom and intelligence that we can call upon to live our lives with more balance, greater creativity, and enhanced intuitive capacities. All of these are important for increasing personal effectiveness, improving health and relationships, and achieving greater fulfillment.
Results show that the heart acts as though it has a mind of its own and could significantly influence the way we perceive and respond in our daily interactions. In essence, it appears that the heart could affect our awareness, perceptions, and intelligence.
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity—which accompany different emotional states—have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
If you want to learn more about how to truly connect with your heart, how to flip certain negative emotions into positive ones, and how to have a better two-way communication between your heart and your brain for optimum health and well-being, then Debbie's class, Living in the Space of the Heart, is for you.
Please join Debbie this Saturday, June 8th, from 4:00 - 6:00 for her class, Living in the Space of the Heart. Click here to register!