How to Create Coherence Between our Heart and Brain
Heart and brain coherence. What is it about?
In this article, I am going to talk about an easy, simple, and powerful technique that creates coherence between our heart and brain, called heart and brain coherence.
But first of all, what is coherence?
Coherence is a state of balance between the heart, mind and emotions, and when we are in coherence our heart resonates at the same frequency as the Earth electromagnetic field. This frequency positively affects us and everything around us emitting an electromagnetic field that can be measured up to three feet outside of our body.
The power of the human heart
The scientists are revealing that our heart is more than a blood pump, and they are looking at the heart in a way that is unfolding a new understanding about it.
Habitually, scientists were mostly focusing on the heart’s response to the brain commands. However, when researchers mapped out the neurological traffic in our bodies, they could see that the heart is sending a lot more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.
In fact, they discover that the heart sends powerful commands to the brain, more than the brain sends to the heart. And they say that actually “there is a dynamic, ongoing, two-way dialogue, with each organ continuously influencing the other’s function” in four major ways:
. Neurological communication - through the transmission of nerve impulses into the nervous system
. Biochemical communication - via hormones and neurotransmitters
. Biophysical communication - through pulse waves
The benefits of heart and brain coherence
The scientists say that with this new discovery they were able to identify a “conversation” going on all the time between the heart and the brain that can positively or negatively affect our performance and health, depending on what our heart is feeling.
With that in mind, they realized that through a simple technique of coherence between these two organs, our brain receives signals from our heart that increase the production of a cascade of approximately 1300 neuro, hormonal and biochemical reactions that bring benefits to our entire body and health in general. (3)
Mysteriously, the benefits of having a more coherent heart and brain are not limited to our body, and it also affects and benefits everything around us. Also, the benefits are amplified when a group of people is in a state of coherence together. And communities that are synchronized in coherence have a lower violence rate and greater cooperation between them. Amazing, isn’t it? (4)
This phenomenon is explained by Dr. Gregg Braden, in one of his books, called Resilience from the Heart. Dr. Braden is an extraordinary scientist, international educator, and several times New York Times bestselling author of many incredible books where he reveals so many groundbreaking experiments that show dramatic evidence of a web of energy that connects everything in our lives and the world. From the healing of our bodies to the success of our careers, relationships, and peace between nations.
Dr. Braden says the heart and brain coherence is an ancient and primal act anda very powerful tool that can implement changes in our lives at any time. This is a practice that gives us resilience in a changing world and allows us to embrace the changes in a really healthy way.
By learning this technique that creates coherence between our heart and brain we benefit our entire body, as this act produces a powerful immune response, and also, a better cognitive function that profoundly affects the way we perceive, think, feel and act in our world.
So, I invite you to learn and incorporate this simple and powerful technique daily in your routine. It takes only 2-3 minutes and has a cascade of positive effects in our body that can last up to six hours.
Three key steps to harmonize our brain and heart
Gently touch the center of your chest in a way that is comfortable for you. It can be with an open palm or any way you want.
Shift your awareness/attention from your thinking mind to your heart. You touch your heart and allow your awareness/attention to feel that touch.
Why is this important?
We are so conditioned to be in our thinking minds that sometimes when we are asked to think about our hearts, we will remain in our thinking minds. And touching our heart is important because our awareness/attention always goes to the place in the body where it feels the touch.
Slow your breathing down just a little bit, maybe 5 seconds inhaling and 5 seconds exhaling. Wherever is comfortable for you.
Why is this important?
By calming our breathing, we will send a very important signal to our brain that we are turning our attention inwards. This is only possible when we do it from a place where we feel safe. And by calming our breath, we will be sending a message to our brain that we are in a place that is safe (regardless of what is happening around us).
This simple change frees our brain to let go and stop producing stress hormones (cortisol, adrenaline, etc.), and it immediately awakens in us the healing chemistry that creates a powerful autoimmune response.
This step is very powerful, very potent, and is about feeling.
Activate a positive feeling in your heart.
While you are breathing deeply and touching your heart, with sincerity, try to experience a renewing and positive feeling that can be one or a combination of the following:
* These feelings can be for anything, for anyone or for yourself.
Why is this important?
What researchers found was that these four words (care/love, appreciation, gratitude and compassion), will trigger an experience between our heart and brain that creates coherence.
Putting the three steps together
Place your right hand over your heart, slow your breathing down, and sense positive feelings in your heart (care/love, appreciation, gratitude, compassion, etc.), that can be for anything, for anyone or, for yourself. Then, to the best of your ability, try to sustain these positive feelings in your heart because sustaining positive emotions is what maintains the optimal conversation (coherence) between our heart and brain.
Note: Normally, I practice this technique listening to a song that touches my heart (here, here, here). Music helps me feel and sustain positive emotions in my heart. And I encourage you to try this technique in both ways, with and without music. Then, you decide what works better for you.
Simple, isn't it?
Why don’t you give it a try? Remember, when a person is in a more coherent state there is a shift in the relative autonomic balance, and the body’s systems function with a high degree of efficiency and harmony, as it facilitates natural regenerative processes in our body.
So, I encourage you to challenge yourself and practice this technique three times a day for a month and feel the difference in your health and well-being. I bet you will love the feeling of a more coherent heart and will incorporate this technique in your life forever ever.
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