Heartmath Breathing

Heartmath Breathing

You most likely know what it feels like to have a broken heart.  Equally, you know what your heart feels like when you are in love.  You also know when your heart is pounding with fear or anxiety.  But did you know that your heart is the most powerful organ in your body? The heart can produce an electrical field 100 times greater than the brain and a magnetic field 5000 times greater. Every emotion that we feel is experienced first through our heart, which then sends a signal to the brain. When your heart is in a state of alignment, you are in what is termed ‘heart coherence’.

The heart is a primary generator of rhythm in your body, influencing brain processes that control your nervous system, cognitive function and emotion. More coherent heart rhythms facilitate brain function, allowing you more access to your higher intelligence so you can improve your focus, creativity, intuition and higher-level decision-making. When you’re in heart rhythm coherence, you perform at your best.

Hearthmath Breathing

I teach my clients how to achieve heart-rhythm coherence with heartmath breathing;

Step 1: Heart Focus. Focus your attention on the area around your heart, the area in the centre of your chest. Sometimes it can help to place your hand over the center of your chest to help keep your attention on your heart.

Step 2: Heart Breathing. Breathe deeply, but normally, and imagine that your breath is coming in and going out through your heart.  Find a natural rhythm where you are breathing in and out for the same count, such as in for 3 and out for 3.

Step 3: Heart Feeling. As you maintain your heart focus and heart breathing, activate a positive feeling within you. One of the simplest ways to generate a positive, heart-based feeling is to remember a place you’ve been to that brings back happy memories or the love you feel for someone.

You only need to do this for a few minutes to create positive changes in your heart rhythms.  This in turn will send powerful signals to your brain that in turn release ‘happy’ chemicals to your body, helping to change how you feel.

From the Institute of Hearthmath you can find out more on this video about the power of our hearts and the way we ‘feel’ things from the electromagnetic field the heart produces.

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