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HeartMath meditation is a heart-focused breathing meditation that can help you quickly change from feeling stressed to feeling calm. Science-based and used worldwide, HeartMath meditation uses breathing techniques to bring about coherence — the alignment of your physical, mental, and emotional systems to work in sync.
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Some of the earliest recorded civilizations, including the Greeks, Mesopotamians, and Babylonians, speak of the heart as harboring intelligence. Modern science has tended to consider this point of view metaphorical. But Doc Childre, founder of the Institute of HeartMath®, in Boulder Creek, CA, has produced scientific evidence to back up the "intelligent heart" theory. Corporations such as Hewlett-Packard, Motorola, and all four branches of the U.S. Military, are now using HeartMath techniques to teach employees how to become more mentally and emotionally balanced and provide for individual and organizational transformation.
In addition, educators have found that school children can better manage their behavior and improve their ability to absorb academic information by using the techniques pioneered by Childre and the Institute.
The core of HeartMath philosophy is that the heart, physically and metaphorically, is the key to tapping into an intelligence that can provide us with fulfillment. Science has shown that the heart communicates with the body and brain on various levels.
The heart sends neurological information to the brain and the rest of the body.
Through the pulse, the heart sends energy in the form of a blood pressure wave. Researchers have seen that changes in the electrical activity of brain cells occur in relation to the changes in the blood pressure wave.
The heart communicates on a biochemical level, releasing atrial peptide, a hormone that inhibits the release of other stress hormones.
The heart communicates electromagnetically. An EKG measured in the doctor's office is an electrical signal produced by the heart. This signal can be picked up anywhere on the body and permeates the space around us.
HeartMath has taken this information and translated it into simple tools that focus on teaching us how to listen to, and follow, the intuitive information of the heart. We can learn how to better make decisions, and to use the power of the heart to manage the mind and emotions.
Body & Soul, PBS | www.pbs.org/bodyandsoul