by Karen Kallie, www.livingenergyworks.com
As we journey through life there are many triggers that can send us into a stress spiral, and/or create large amounts of anxiety and depression. Modern living with its pace, deadlines and near constant stimulation is enough to create a steady stream of stress hormones coursing through our systems!
But then we have the highs and lows of life also touching us: birth, death, illness, job changes/loss, marriage, divorce. Each of these life events carry their own particular set of circumstances and shadows to deal with but they all have one thing in common: they create emotional turmoil and stress!
Our reactions to these events while understandable have the unfortunate complication of making our journey through them more difficult, as well as wearing away at our physical and psychological health and well-being. The upside of these events is that they can motivate us to learn more about our inner workings, adopt healthy strategies for dealing with stress and to do what is needed to bring greater balance and care to our lives. Neuro-cardiology provides us with some very real information and techniques to do just that!
Neuro-cardiology Informs Ancient Traditions AND Modern Life
In recent years there has been a great deal of research in the field of neuro-cardiology, which has shed scientific light on what ancient healing traditions and spirituality have been saying for centuries about the heart.
Our heart is capable of 2.5 watts of power with each beat. This is enough power to light a small night light or a small radio. It is 5,000 times more output than our brain! Our heart signal does not stop at the level of our skin but radiates out 4-5 feet on average. Our heart energy is sensitive to our emotions, thoughts, level of well-being, others, and our environment.
A very important research finding that has ramifications for all aspects of our existence is that in normally healthy hearts there is a slight incoherence between heartbeats.
Research Points to Positive Psychology
Research has shown that when we experience feelings of love, appreciation and gratitude heart rhythms become dramatically more coherent, uniform, and consistent. These more refined, coherent wave patterns create more balance and harmony within the nervous system, which in turn boosts immunity. Perhaps this is why we tend toward better health when we are in love! And of course the balance and harmony that is created in our nervous systems creates a feedback loop affecting how we feel emotionally and physically.
Feelings of love, tenderness, and care affect our hearts positively. These feelings bring positive expansion to our field, have a healthy effect on the body, help quiet the mind, and create a sense of buoyancy in our feelings and spirit.
The reverse is also true. Difficult emotions like anger, fear, and sadness also radiate out into the world through our fields and have a negative effect on our nervous systems and health. Depression, illness, fatigue, and stress all affect our heart’s energy, power, and, ultimately, function. It is important to note that these feelings are best worked through and released rather than avoided and repressed, which only leads to larger problems.
Energy, feeling, and experience are a two way street. Life events and experience affect our energy supply, flow, and frequency just as our feelings affect the quality of vibration we send out into the world. The good news is we can consciously work on opening and healing through our hearts no matter what has happened in our lives!
The more you re-condition your nervous system through practices that effectively help embody energy ( deep relaxation/meditation, energy techniques and heart centered mindful approaches) the easier it is to truly have heart centered presence and temperament VS simply holding the concept. AND not only is the end result good for you and others, it’s also quite pleasant doing the practice to arrive there!
Karen Kallie, RN, MACP