Throughout history, the heart has been more than just a blood pump and muscle.
It’s also been associated with love, the soul, human connection, passion, integrity and honor.
You may think this connection is a simply symbolic one …
But in fact, the heart is an information-processing center — one that constantly sends information to the rest of your body and to the people in your environment.
That’s right — on a subconscious level, our hearts are constantly communicating with the rest of the world.
The Science Behind Your ‘Sixth Sense’
The heart communicates with the rest of your body and the environment in four ways:
• The heart has its own complex nervous system. The study of this is called neurocardiology. This nervous system functions separate from your autonomic nervous system, which regulates your heart rate and other functions throughout the body.
• Biophysical communication. An example of this is your pulse, which creates an energetic wave that communicates with the rest of your body.
• It’s a hormonal gland. The heart releases atrial natriuretic peptide, which mediates the release of the stress hormone cortisol and oxytocin — also known as the love hormone.
• Energetic communication. The heart radiates a bioelectrical field that creates an electromagnetic field. In fact, the heart’s electromagnetic field is 30 to 60 times greater than the brain‘s. It can radiate up to eight to 10 feet outside of the human body.
You see, our electromagnetic hearts are the reason we can sense good and bad “vibes” coming from people.
This is the science behind what many believe to be their “gut” feelings or intuition.
There’s a way to measure this incredible phenomenon …
It’s called heart rate variability, or HRV.
Why We React the Way We Do
Heart rate variability starts with the interval between heartbeats.
More specifically, it measures the variation in these rhythms.
HRV is a measure of the synchronization of the autonomic nervous system. This is an important part of our physiology.
Measuring this gives us quantified data about the autonomic nervous system.
Think of your nervous system like an orchestra.
• When your “orchestra” is functioning correctly, all the instruments play in sync and create a beautiful harmony.
• When your orchestra’s timing is off, the cacophony creates a stress response in the body.
Both external and internal factors can affect your HRV in a positive or negative way.
And knowing how to monitor and measure this response can help you to train yourself to deal with stress better.
HRV can be measured by recording the time between beats of your heart.
The space between each heartbeat holds a great deal of answers … and power.
Nearly 25 years of clinical research has shown that, when HRV levels are high, people can experience lower stress levels and greater resiliency.
The opposite is true, too.
When HRV levels are low, it’s an indication of greater stress and lower resiliency.
Raise Your Electromagnetic Pulse:
Harness the Benefits of a High HRV
The benefits of HRV help to maximize the output of your heart and life.
Think of it as the energy released in an electromagnetic pulse (EMP).
Below are some benefits of having an elevated HRV. It can …
• Transform your response to stress and quickly rebalance your mind, body and emotions. In other words, it shuts down the stress response.
• Boost your ability to think clearer, be more intuitive and make better decisions, especially under pressure.
• Improve health, increase resilience and well-being, and help you to maintain your personal balance.
• Decrease stress and burnout in chaotic and changing environments.
• Maximize creativity and innovation.
On top of that, DHEA increases 100% when the brain and heart are coherent.
More DHEA = lower stress.
Use the Power of the Heart to Combat Stress
We all deal with stress in some form or another.
The way we deal with this stress is key to living a healthy and happy life.
Training yourself to enter a state of high HRV is a great way to help minimize the negative effects of stress.
Once you are able to control your HRV, you can better control your brain wave signals and mental capabilities.
On top of that, you could literally deflect someone else’s negative attitude and not let it affect you.
If you have the stronger mental will and are more coherent with your inner self, you’ll come out on top.
But, if you are at the mercy of your environment and let everyone who is having a bad day get to you, you’ll suffer.
A great way to train yourself to raise your HRV is by using a meditation practice.
You’ve probably read about the benefits of mediation, but never found the right tools to start creating this kind of healthy routine.
This is where quantified data comes in:
Source: HeartMath Institute
A company called the HeartMath Institute has created HRV sensors you can use to monitor your HRV in real time via their devices or on your own smartphone.
This unique training system shows you how to build inner resilience. That is, a state of poise and readiness to deal with whatever stressful feelings and challenges come your way.
Training for just five to 10 minutes a day could bring more ease and mental and emotional flexibility into your life.
You may find your attitudes, emotions and perspectives become more positive and resilient.
To learn more about how to use HRV training, go to https://www.heartmath.org.
Please note that I have no association with HeartMath. I found their approach to be interesting and worth looking into.
This week I decided to pass it along to you in case you could use a new approach to managing your stress response. If you look into it further and perhaps decide to give it a try, I hope you’ll consider letting me know what you think about it.
Happy and Healthy Investing,
Uncommon Wisdom Daily