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.
Recent studies from the Institute of HeartMath have found that heart rate variability, or heart rhythms, stand out as highly effective reference keys to inner emotional states and stress. It’s clear that negative emotions lead to increased disorder in the heart’s rhythms and in the autonomic nervous system which can lead to “dis-ease,” which is merely a lack of ease or coherence in the body mind. Positive emotions, in contrast, create increased harmony and coherence in heart rhythms and improve balance in the nervous system.Watch the beautiful video from the HeartMath Institute in the sidebar to learn more about heart coherence research and applications.
VIDEO: The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence: A path to personal, social and global coherence. 7:19
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.
VIDEO: Gregg Braden and the Role of the Heart in the Law of Attraction 3:35
This is truly an exciting time to be alive as the final frontier is not outer space, but the inner space of the heart. Scientists have discovered that when we are in a state of love and appreciation our heart field actually expands and literally affects the world around us and creates what David Hawkins calls an “attractor field,” in which the outside world begins to attract or mirror our internal vibrations. The fastest way to change the world is not through trying to blame or fix what’s out there but to cultivate the internal conditions of forgiveness6, acceptance, and harmony within. This does not mean being passive, but having the courage to speak, and take action in accordance with higher principles of the heart. Remember that where your thoughts go, energy flows, and what you think about you bring about.
- 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