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There is a part of your body that may be even more important with regards to
your mood and emotions than your brain.
Researchers have found this organ actually sends signals to the brain which the
brain responds to. When this organ doesn’t function optimally due to stress, it
sends a signal to the brain that can depress the immune function for several
hours. But with a simple technique researchers have discovered, this organ can
send a positive signal to the brain that triggers healing and vitality. Many people
have reported improvements in chronic health conditions by applying this one
simple technique.
That organ is the heart and the research being done on it comes from the
Heartmath Institute at Heartmath.org. They’ve been able to measure something
called Heart Rate Variability and make associations between HRV and various
health conditions in the body. The simplest explanation is that a high HRV
(which is termed coherence) is created when one is in a low to no stress state and
feeling positive emotions such as love, joy, gratitude, care, forgiveness, etc.
On the contrary, when there’s a low HRV (which many people in modern
stressful times experience chronically), the immune system gets depressed and
the body breaks down. In essence, your emotions (tied to stress) play as much or
more of a role in your health than your diet and exercise do!
What’s even more amazing is that the heart emits a measurable electromagnetic
field. We can subconsciously pick up on a person’s heart rate pattern when we’re
in their presence. Researchers have been able to prove this and provide a
scientific explanation as to why you can get good or bad “vibes” from someone
whenever they walk into a room. The age old idea of your heart being where
your emotions reside and the value of listening to your heart has gathered a lot of
scientific confirmation.
Here’s a simple exercise to reduce stress and create a high HRV state. This can
be done in combination with a meditation practice or on its own.
Place your hand on your heart and imagine your breathe coming in and out
of the heart area.
Bring your focus to the present moment. Imagine your heart pulling in all
scattered thoughts and feelings.
Think of anything that brings feelings of joy, care, and/or gratitude. I
myself focus on gratitude and ask “What am I grateful for?”“Why am I
grateful for these things?”“What should I be grateful for?”
Allow yourself to simply relax into the feeling of your heart and these
positive emotions for 5-10 minutes as best as you can. It’s ok if it doesn’t
come naturally at first. With regular practice this will be become easier.
You’re training yourself to enter into a higher HRV state more readily and
more often without any effort.
For more stress reduction tips and strategies, I suggest checking out the free
destress kit from Heartmath here: http://www.heartmath.com/destresskit/ as well
as the book The Heartmath Solution which can be purchased here:
http://excuseproof.com/resources/recommended-books. For more tips on
gratitude, check out my youtube video here: excuseproof.com/gratitude
Here is a great article for those who find traditional gratitude practices
ineffective and how to get more use out of them:
artofmanliness.com/2012/12/03/the-george-bailey-technique

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