We are seeing breakthroughs across nearly every field in science at this exciting time. Some notable areas include epigenetics (which we will cover in the next topic), the science of the heart, and the nature of consciousness. All of these new breakthroughs are pointing to a simple fact: it is the quality of our consciousness that determines our reality.
To be precise, just the simple act of appreciation creates heart coherence which increases mental clarity, improved decision making and improved creativity1. This may not seem groundbreaking at first, but if you consider that for the last half of the 20th century cognitive scientists and the world of psychology has been focused primarily on how to heal mental illness, it is quite a big step. Pioneers such as Abraham Maslow, Carl Rogers and Erich Fromm lead the way for looking at what makes humans happy and in 1998 a new era of positive psychology began as Martin Seligman made it the theme of his term as President of the American Psychology Association. In June 2009, the First World Congress on Positive Psychology took place and within the last decade we now have scientific evidence for the positive effects of mindfulness2, meditation3, qigong4 (moving meditation) and yoga5 on our mental and physical health. The next evolution in health care is here, and it’s not through legislation that we will fix our health-care crisis, but through each individual taking full responsibility for their thoughts, emotions, words and actions. that are the underlying factors of true health.
- Entrainment, Coherence, and Autonomic Balance
Heart Rate Variability
- Fredrickson, Barbara L., et al. “Open hearts build lives: positive emotions, induced through loving-kindness meditation, build consequential personal resources.” Journal of personality and social psychology 95.5 (2008): 1045.
- Shapiro, Shauna L., Gary ER Schwartz, and Craig Santerre. “Meditation and positive psychology.” Handbook of positive psychology 2 (2002): 632-645.Sin, Nancy L., and Sonja Lyubomirsky. “Enhancing well‐being and alleviating depressive symptoms with positive psychology interventions: A practice‐friendly meta‐analysis.” Journal of clinical psychology 65.5 (2009): 467-487.
- Jahnke, Roger, et al. “A comprehensive review of health benefits of qigong and tai chi.” American Journal of Health Promotion 24.6 (2010): e1-e25.
- Lamb, Trisha. “Health benefits of yoga.” Yoga World 16 (2001)
- I love you, I’m sorry, forgive me, thank you. By Dr. Joe Vitale