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By Katy, Feb 2 2015 01:55PM

Following on from my previous blog post The Heart's Intelligence, today we look at a technique called Quick Coherence® developed through HeartMath research, which suggests that this quick and easy practise is highly beneficial for reducing stress and promoting clear thinking.

The heart's rhythm influences brain processes that control a whole host of functions in your body, such as the nervous system, cognitive function and emotion. When you are stressed or experiencing difficult emotions, the heart send messages to your brain which limit your capacity to think clearly, focus and make decisions.

According to HeartMath, this simple Quick Coherence® will improve brain function, enabling you to use your higher intelligence, increasing clear thinking and focus, intuition, complex decision-making and creativity.

HeartMath research indicates this powerful sounding technique can help you achieve a calm and collected state of being for clear thinking by connecting you with your energetic heart centre. This helps to reduce stress, balance your emotions and feel better.

The technique is really simply and only invloves three steps: 1. Heart Focus 2. Heart Breathing 3. Heart Memory. Sounds interesting? You can follow the simple Quick Coherence® technique at

By Katy, Jan 15 2015 12:55PM

The heart appears to send more meaningful communication to the brain than vice versa according to HeartMath research.

Thanks to more than 20 years research carried out by the Institute of HeartMath, we are beginning to gain a deeper understanding of the way the heart works. In the book, The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Communication Within and Between People,' the Director of Research Rollin McCraty from the Institute of HeartMath tells us,

"The heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and processing center that enables it to learn, remember, and make independent functional decisions"

Were you taught that your heart constantly responds to “orders” from your brain's neural signals? In fact the opposite is true and your brain continually responds to your heart. In an interview, McCraty explains how the heart sends more information neurologically to the brain than the other way around,

"A lot of people don’t realize that the heart sends more information neurologically to the brain than the other way around. I can’t take credit for that. This been known since the late 1800s, just largely forgotten and ignored.. "

What actually happens is your heart sends signals to your brain which significantly influence emotional processing as well as higher cognitive functions like attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving.

This helps to explain why at times of extreme emotion, such as stress and negative feelings, we might struggle to think clearly and make decisions. We feel stressed, our heart sends neural signals to our brain which inhibit cognitive functions like problem-solving. Our heart's communication with our brain at this point also profoundly impacts our brain’s emotional processing, which reinforces our emotional experience of stress.

And during positive emotional experiences, the opposite effect can be seen; the heart promotes and increases higher cognitive functions and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability, profoundly benefiting the way we perceive, think, feel, and perform.

The heart also has the largest electromagnetic field in the body and according to HeartMath research taking measurements using an electrocardiogram (ECG), it's field impacts those around us.

HeartMath researchers set out to determine whether the heart’s electromagnetic field in one individual could be detected and measured in another person the study found that,

"when people touch or are in proximity, a transference of the electromagnetic energy produced by the heart occurs.. "

There is still much to learn and thankfully HeartMath research continues into; specific information or coding in the heart's magnetic field which is transferred throughout and outside of the body; the impact of intentionally generated positive emotions; impact on others over a longer distance; and heart-brain communication.

What do you think about the fact that your heart sends more information neurologically to your brain than the other way around?

Or perhaps the question I should be asking is how do you feel about about the fact that your brain continually responds to your heart?

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By Katy, Nov 6 2014 03:04PM

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