Heartmath: the heart affects us more than we may know


Along the path of my current journey there has been a ton of inspiration I’ve tapped into along the way. One of the more interesting for me has been discovering the Heart Math Institute located in the Santa Cruz mountains of Northern California. It spoke to me so much that I signed up to become a Certified Heartmath Coach. I’m 7 weeks into the 8 week course and it’s been an amazing learning experience thus far.
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Heartmath is a science-based system that focuses on the innate intelligence of the heart and how it affects our physiology. The heart literally has its own brain and sends more messages to the brain than the other way around. This is something I wasn’t aware of but made so much sense once I learned the science about it. There’s a reason you hear people say: “lead with your heart”, “put your heart into it” and “I know it by heart”.
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Through their research they have found that by getting “Heart Coherent” we are able to self-regulate our stress response and tap into our deeper heart intuition to make better decisions with more clarity in situations that would seem otherwise complex. In other words we learn to respond to situations in a more coherent (harmonious and orderly) way rather than in our habitual reactive ways.
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By building up our “resilience” which can be thought of as the ability to prepare for, recover from and adapt to stress, challenge or adversity we are able to establish a new “baseline” that directly affects performance and personal fulfillment. The heart knows:) - Troy

Troy Eckert