One of the most exciting findings from the scientific community regarding our body biology has to do with the role of our heart. Turns out, it’s the heart, not the brain, that’s the master controller of our body functions at the cellular level. Further, the heart responds to our emotions and sends health controlling signals to the cells. These signals override any chemicals (as in drug medications) that may be in the body. (This explains why drug medications sometimes don’t work the way they’re supposed to.)
An excellent scientific explanation of the healing potential of the heart can be found at Science of the Heart – HeartMath Institute (a Free e-Book Download)
Or, here’s a very informative 16 minute TED talk by Howard Martin (HeartMath Institute)
Here’s what this knowledge could mean to you and me: “An effective way to improve mental, emotional, physical and spiritual well-being is to invoke and sustain sincere appreciation. The greater your capacity for sincere appreciation, the deeper the connection to your heart, where intuition and unlimited inspiration and possibilities reside.” HeartMath Institute
And here’s the simple two-step exercise that Victoria and I use to keep ourselves in top health:
• Step 1: Heart Focus. Shift your focus into the area of your heart, and begin to breathe a little more slowly than usual, as if your breath is coming from your heart.
This step is a powerful technique unto itself and can be used when you’re feeling overwhelmed by the day’s events or simply desire to be more connected with yourself. As you slow your breathing, you are sending a signal to your body in general, and your heart specifically, that you are in a place that is safe and it’s okay to turn your attention inward.
• Step 2: Activate a Positive Feeling. Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life.
The key in this step is to first create the feeling, to the best of your ability, and then to embrace the feeling, again to the best of your ability. Your ability to sustain the feeling is what maintains the optimal conversation between your heart and your brain.
from Gregg Braden, page 29, Resilience from the Heart (free e-book)
Although I’ve known about this powerful healing technique for several months, I’ve not shared it with you until now, because I felt a need to thoroughly investigate this “radical” science. Now I can assure you that it’s real, and the exercises, when applied regularly …work. I hope you’ll investigate for yourself, and apply this as part of your daily wellness program. Expect amazing results!
Remember, when we talk about feeling appreciation, we’re really feeling love. And as the Beatles told us so long ago …All you need is Love.