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Last night I gave a talk at Zappos’ Catalyst Week on Heart Intelligence. During the presentation [watch the video here], I mentioned that learning how to access this inner wisdom is crucial to your health, your relationships and your success.
When I spoke about how stress is one of the leading causes in the breakdown of those three areas, I could tell it hit a little too close to home for many in the audience.
Based on some of the questions I received after the talk, I’ll be sharing some of the new neurocardiology research with you, as well as how it relates to your day-to-day experiences and stress levels.
Here’s more on Heart Coherence than I was able to say in 15 minutes last night:
The communication between the brain and the heart is a two-way dialogue. The signal that the heart is sending up to the brain affects brain function, perception, and emotional experience. When a person is feeling good, for example, that is reflecting a body state that is harmonious. When he is not feeling good that is usually reflecting something going on in the body that is out of sync. “Stress” is often a code word for frustration, irritation, or impatience. While the external conditions that trigger a stress response cannot be controlled, the internal response to them can be.
The definition of “coherence,” according to The American Heritage Dictionary, is a “logical, orderly, and aesthetically consistent relationship of parts.” It is commonly used to refer to speech as in “a coherent sentence.” If the sum of the words creates a logical meaning, it is coherent. If one slurs his speech or is not making sense, he is considered incoherent.
The term coherence is also used in science to convey a similar meaning. “Global coherence” refers to parts working in unison that create something bigger than the individual functions. The interconnectivity between systems can either be working together in harmony (coherent) or disharmony (incoherent). If the body remains in an incoherent state for too long, the result is fatigue, depleted energy, and often diminished health.
Stay tuned for more on how to bring your body and your life into greater coherence!
P.S. If you’d like to experience the intelligence of your heart first-hand, join me at HeartPath this fall. Just a reminder, the “Early-Bird” Registration price ends Sunday, June 30th at midnight. If you’re planning to come, save yourself some cash and register now.