"When we are engaged with our hearts, the mind slows down and our thoughts become more rational and focused." -Doc Childre
The HeartMath Institute has been researching the heart brain connection for more than 30 years. If you’re curious, they have free resources and other offerings on their site. There is also heart/ brain coherence information and meditations free on YouTube. I found an informative heart/brain meditation script at enchantedperspectives.com that’s easy to lead yourself through.
What is heart/brain coherence? According to Alleviant Integrated Mental Health it’s the “unity and integration of mind, body, and spirit. It’s when our thoughts, intentions, and actions, seamlessly align.”
Alleviant talks about the powerful effects coherence has on both our mental and emotional health, creating stability and resilience. It doesn’t stop there because they say it can also positively affect heart rate, immune system, sleep quality, and overall energy levels of our physical body.
Alleviant lists 12 key benefits of heart/brain coherence. They are as follows:
• Feeling whole
• Unity with yourself and the world
• Deep inner peace
• Decreased stress
• Increased energy and vitality
• Enhanced creativity
• Emotional intelligence and mastery
• Greater resilience
• Solid mental health
• Improved physical health
• Deeper emotional connection with yourself and others
• Improved quality of life overall
Maybe heart/brain coherence is something you’re very familiar with, only mildly familiar with, or something you’ve never heard of before. Regardless, many of the key benefits line up with recovery goals. If you’re curious, it’s a possible tool you may want to explore for your own recovery toolkit. You can’t go wrong in exploring something new—being curious can add some spark into your day while learning. Have fun!
Cheri works as a Peer Support Specialist for RI in Arizona. She has experienced loss and grief which has led her to write for the masses to bring voice to those in similar situations. Cheri possesses a deep passion to share with, encourage, and inspire others on what she calls the Journey of the Heart.