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Check out this article written in Ode magazine about heartmath. It is refreshing and just reitterates what is on this website.

[url=www.odemagazine.com/article.php?aID=4099&l=en]www.odemagazine.com/article.php?aID=4099&l=en[/url]

[Edited on 29-9-2005 by Shayalana]

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Shayalana.....:):)

Any article that begins with ''All you need is love (sang John Lennon)" is gonna get my attention..! Great link/find..! Thanks. ;)

"Create Love''...? Haha..., greatest creation known to...and unknown, by man.! "What comes to me flows through me'' is sort of my mantra. Energetic Hearty Har Har there..!
My 'love' affair with the Conversations with God books centers on this one (well one of 'em) thought.., in times of near 'stress'....

[b]WHAT WOULD LOVE DO NOW..?[/b]

Another of course is ''what you resist persists''. Only a fool would resist the persistent presence of love. I know of such resistance. Tis futile. ;)

John L also turned his pen on paper and out came.....

''Turn off your mind. Relax. And float down-stream,
It is not dying, it is not dying,
Lay down all thought surrender to the void,
It is shining, it is shining.
That you may see the meaning of within,
It is speaking, it is speaking,
[b]That love is all and love is everyone.[/b]''

A little excerpt from "Tomorrow Never Knows''... Revolver (1967) (my very first album...age 15...;) )
((( http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/Li ... vernos.htm a neat little Beatles site that plays the melodies)))

Which should give you a hint as to my age at present. Now..., this 'heart' thing is most interesting. Recently I gave blood. I cannot tell you how surprised I was that it came out..., looking like..., well..., '[color=darkred][b]blood[/b][/color]'. I could have sworn it was coffee running through my veins..! Smoking. You don't wanna know....:( Fruits and raw veggies. Occasionally. Fish.., and all up the 'food chain'. If I have done anything 'good' to my body.., I haven't the first clue what it was.

Yet..., my blood pressure is 'right on' they say. Cholesterol...? Well within my weight range. Most people that look at me can't guess my 'age' within 10 years..!
Me and Alfred E. Neuman..., ''What...me WORRY..? (Mad Magazine)

The point.? Not sure. Maybe 35+ years of listening and believing and indoctrinating/incorporating the 'message' of folks like the Beatles.. [color=blue][b]MOODY BLUES[/b][/color] etc. into my life as best as I have been able. (would you believe that as I write this my whole body is just going 'goosepimply' at the mention of it..) Wave after wave. Right off of the top of my head.., down my arms.., and into my legs. Cool. It's been a while.., and it usually happens only when I'm driving around in my dream.., listening to MBs and just... 'being inside love'. Don't know how better to describe it.

I will do the 'heart in / solar plexus out'..., breathing visualization. Haha.., my head is too thick to breathe through. :P

Thanks for the 'rush'.... :)







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Thanx Moonz.:)

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I thought this could be reiterated so here is the reiteration.:)

A change of heart changes everything


Jurriaan Kamp
This article appeared in Ode issue: 24



A California institute demonstrates how people can actually make their heart beat in a healthier way. Through its research, the Institute of HeartMath proves that health starts with love, and that love can reduce stress. It is a method that is used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and more than 100 organizations—from global corporations to hospitals to government agencies and schools. This simple method is changing the world. A report from Boulder Creek, California.


All you need is love, sang John Lennon.
True, according to most people.
The only challenge: how do you create love?
A quite startlingly simple answer was found to that question in the redwood forests of Boulder Creek, California, south of San Francisco. Since 1991, the Institute of HeartMath has generated a large body of convincing scientific evidence that it is indeed possible to create love. HeartMath’s research shows that emotions work much faster, and are more powerful, than thoughts. And that—when it comes to the human body—the heart is much more important than the brain to overall health and well-being—even cognitive function—than anyone but poets believed. Its dominance inside the body is now clearly demonstrated. Thinking clearly with your brain is useful. But feeling positively from your heart provides an amazing boost to health and creativity.
Briefly re-experiencing a cherished memory creates synchronization in your heart rhythm in mere seconds. This increases the release of healthy, energizing hormones, while at the same time decreasing levels of damaging stress hormones, at the same time your immune system is strengthened, blood pressure decreases … and health and focus increase. Using a simple prescription that consists of a number of exercises that anyone can do anywhere in a few minutes—the details are coming shortly—HeartMath is successfully battling the greatest threat to health, happiness and peace in this world: stress.



Stress is the plague of our time, an epidemic that is spreading rapidly. The World Health Organization (WHO) raised the alarm 20 years ago, but things have only gotten worse. Every day some one million Americans fail to come to work due to stress. The European Union estimated in 2000 that the annual price tag of stress, in the form of healthcare costs and lost productivity, amounts to some three to four percent of the EU’s gross domestic product. Stress is one of the most important causes of high blood pressure, which afflicts one in three adults in Europe and North America and is the cause of many serious illnesses such as heart disease and stroke. Stress also lies at the basis of depression and burnout.
“The good news is that the negative effects of stress can be effectively countered more easily than people might imagine. This leads to better performance in every aspect of life. It is therefore a smart strategy for every organization to tackle this source of excessive costs and human strain,” according to HeartMath’s president and CEO Bruce Cryer.
That insight has now permeated many companies and institutions. Managers are sent to stress seminars. Yoga lessons are offered at company headquarters. And there are even companies that encourage their employees to take vacations. But these measures aren’t very effective as long as stress continues to permeate the corporate culture. The sense of relief from a yoga lesson or a weekend at the beach is often lost during the first chat with a frustrated colleague at the coffee machine. A successful anti-stress strategy provides results precisely at the moment the stress is experienced. This is what HeartMath does, which is why its client list now includes such leading companies as Hewlett Packard, Shell, Unilever, Cisco Systems, and Boeing.

HeartMath was established in 1991 by Doc Lew Childre. Childre had made a name for himself as a researcher and advisor to companies and scientific institutions. With the founding of HeartMath, he embarked on his mission to demonstrate that the heart was central to human health, success and fulfillment. While HeartMath’s techniques emphasize the importance of emotional self-management, HeartMath is no new age phenomenon. It is a research institute that in the space of nearly 15 years has published a large body of scientific research in established and respected publications such as the Harvard Business Review and the American Journal of Cardiology. Those publications support HeartMath’s central aim of presenting revolutionary scientific discoveries in a solid, “bullet proof” way. It has demonstrated significant cost savings for healthcare organizations struggling with staff turnover, and has shown significant health benefits in an array of studies covering congestive heart failure, diabetes, asthma, and hypertension. As Cryer says, “HeartMath is not based simply on belief. There are proven physiological reactions in how emotion, heart and brain interact.” In other words: HeartMath’s work is kept scrupulously free of the obvious potential for opportunism.
Which is admirable given that financing and survival issues have presented tricky challenges for the organization through the years. HeartMath’s location reflects this cautious strategy. The institute is located in a group of buildings on a lovely retreat-like setting in Boulder Creek, a town that is nearly impossible to find among the tall trees of the ancient Californian forests. Stress and Boulder Creek have little to do with one another, I realize, following a drive through the pouring rain. And yet the decision to locate HeartMath here was not so odd. Forty-five minutes down the road is a well-known hotbed of this “modern plague:” Silicon Valley.



Research director Rollin McCraty is in his office—a simple study with a huge window looking out over a wooded slope—working on one of HeartMath’s latest initiatives: a computer-driven experiment that shows how the heart reacts more quickly to external stimuli than the brain (see box). HeartMath programs utilize an innovative biofeedback system—developed by founder Doc Childre—whereby your finger or ear is hooked up to a sensor that shows the heart’s activity on a computer screen. The feedback is not a precondition for the result of the HeartMath exercises, but seeing your heart rhythms live on a computer screen makes it easier to convince critics of the favourable effect of positive feelings.
Measuring internal feelings using modern instruments is not new in itself. For example, with the help of the electroencephalogram (EEG), it has been proven that meditating yogis produce completely different brain waves than—say—stock traders on Wall Street. But HeartMath’s heart-driven method extends much further than relaxation through meditation. McCraty notes, “Meditation is mainly geared towards consciously separating yourself from the reality around you. That has totally different physical consequences than our approach, which is geared towards actively adding positive energy to a particular situation.”
To measure the heart’s reaction to particular events, HeartMath uses a relatively new concept—one that is currently a hot item in mainstream medicine—as an indicator of a healthily functioning body: heart rate variability (HRV). Research conducted 10 years ago by Dr Andrew Armour of Dalhouse University in Halifax, Canada showed that the heart has its own neural network–in essence, a little brain. HRV—the rhythm of the time period between two heartbeats—plays a key role in that network. It has now been demonstrated that the heart sends signals to the brain and the hormonal system via nerves which carry the heart rhythm patterns. It doesn’t matter so much how many times a heart beats per minute; it’s the rhythm of the heartbeat that counts.
Childre, McCraty and HeartMath’s research team have discovered that certain patterns in the heart rhythm correspond to a particular emotional state. McCraty explains, “With every heartbeat, information is supplied that affects our emotions, our physical health and the quality of our lives.” This means that feelings of compassion, love, care and appreciation produce a smoothly rolling—HeartMath calls it “coherent”—heart rhythm, while feelings of anger, frustration, fear and danger emit a jagged and capricious—”incoherent”—image. But this is more than a statistical difference. HeartMath’s research shows that a different heart rhythm leads to other chemical and electrical–even neurological--reactions in the body.
Simply put: when people experience love, they not only feel happy and joyful, but they also produce, for example, more DHEA, the hormone that prevents aging, and gives us feelings of youthful vitality. Not surprisingly, a synthetic form of the hormone is currently sold in pill form at drugstores and health food stores. At the same time, the production of damaging stress hormones like cortisol is reduced. High levels of cortisol have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression and fatigue. By contrast, a “loving body” absorbs less cholesterol, thereby preventing arteries from clogging while boosting production of immunoglobulin A, an important biochemical that boosts immune function. In addition, blood pressure stabilizes. McCraty links this effect to problems many organizations face: “There is a clear connection between healthcare costs and blood pressure levels. When your blood pressure falls, so do visits to the doctor…” And so HeartMath concludes that love is both an emotional and a physical state: positive feelings—like love—generate health. The reverse is also true. Someone who is angry produces less DHEA and more cortisol. And so on. HeartMath’s slogan—a change of heart changes everything—pretty much sums it up.



But how do you “change your heart?” According to HeartMath research, it is much simpler than it looks. McCraty says, “If you consciously shift your attention to a positive emotion, like appreciation or care, or if you allow your thoughts to return to the feeling of a cherished memory, your heart rhythm changes immediately.” This phenomenon continues to astonish the some 25,000 people who attend HeartMath courses each year. Initially, HeartMath utilized expensive medical equipment to measure and display the heart rhythm. But since 2000 HeartMath has offered a “do-it-yourself” equivalent: the Freeze-Framer, an award-winning computer program with an innovative sensor that anyone can install in their computer at home or at work. So far, HeartMath has sold more than 30,000 of these systems.
The first time I start up the Freeze-Framer at home and attach the sensor to my finger, a freakish pattern appears on my computer screen (see image). My heart rhythm is all wild peaks and valleys or—in HeartMath jargon—an “incoherent pattern.” I then perform my prescribed exercise. I shift my thoughts to the area around my heart, I visualize that I’m breathing in through my heart and out through my solar plexus (the energy point under the breastbone, above the belly button). I remember a sweet memory with my daughter. I feel the warmth of our contact at that moment… and I see the graph on the computer screen change. The exercise, which I’ve only been doing for a couple of minutes, is quick and effective. The volatile peaks change into rolling hills on my screen. My incoherent heart rhythm has synchronized into a coherent rhythm. And what I can’t see on the line of the graph, but know—from HeartMath research—is that my body is now functioning in a more healthy and wholesome way.



The research is convincing. A group of managers from Motorola attended a HeartMath workshop and were tested six months later on the results of their daily exercises. One-quarter of the managers had high blood pressure at the start of the project. After six months, they all had normal blood pressure levels. In another study with Hewlett-Packard managers, the average blood pressure fell from 138/86 to 128/80. This large an improvement is comparable to the effect of losing nearly 20 kilos (44 pounds).
A recent study of employees at the food and household products multinational Unilever shows that the production of the favourable hormone DHEA increased by an average of 50 percent after six months of HeartMath exercises and rose to 90 percent after nine months. The exercises also work for people with chronic diseases. For example, diabetes patients who performed a total of one hour of HeartMath exercises every week for six months scored significantly better on a number of health aspects crucial to them. Another HeartMath study indicates that the savings on health care costs and absenteeism can run up to $ 700 U.S. (540 euros) per employee a year. For a company with 1,000 employees, that would mean a savings of $ 700,000 U.S. (540,000 euros) a year.
The fact the exercises are so easy may well be the most promising aspect of the HeartMath system. Bruce Cryer notes, “Time pressure is continually increasing. No matter how good a program might be for them, many people simply don’t take the time to invest in their emotional and physical health every day. People want exercises to take virtually no time, but to yield results. That’s the strength of our approach. You can learn the techniques in five minutes and get positive results if you do them a few times a day for 30 seconds. When you’re on your way to your next meeting, for example. Or when you start up your computer. Or sitting at a stoplight. Or waiting to make a phone call. Or before starting to check your e-mails. By making the techniques simple and quick, you can integrate them into your daily schedule without having to drastically change your life.”
Regularly using the Freeze-Framer is particularly helpful in recognizing stress patterns. You gain insight into your own behaviour and the effect of that behaviour on your health. In that respect, the Freeze-Framer works like a thermometer: you get to the point where you don’t need to take your temperature any more to know you have a fever. As a result, it becomes ever easier to quickly correct the experience of stress. Cryer says, “HeartMath’s aim is to eliminate stress. Of course we can’t eliminate stressful events from our lives, but we can change our physiological and emotional response to them. The goal is to teach you to recognize which circumstances create stress so you can change your reaction to those situations. For example, practising a HeartMath technique helps you not to curse if someone cuts you off on the highway, but to react differently. And the most important result is that no damaging stress hormones are released in your body and no damaging comments come out of your mouth that could make the situation much worse.”



Is HeartMath the only effective answer to stress? Clearly not. Every walk on the beach is beneficial. The same goes for an enjoyable concert. And for experiences of friendship and love. There are also other promising initiatives with a comparable focus. Ode previously reported on the work of the Italian Amedeo Maffei (see Ode, June 2002) as well as the computer game Wild Divine (see Ode, April 2004). And there are other projects geared towards synchronising the heart and brain rhythms to stimulate favourable biochemical and electrical processes in our bodies. But the strength of HeartMath lies in the convincing evidence of the effectiveness of the exercises and their simplicity. And its approach takes into account the sense of time pressure continually experienced by the stressed target group.
Less stress and more health is, of course, enough of a recommendation for following HeartMath’s system. But there’s more: studies show that the electromagnetic field of the heart (which is created by the heart’s electrical system, or electrocardiogram) can be measured from between two and three metres from the body. HeartMath has discovered that if someone has a coherent heart rhythm, it has a demonstrably positive effect on other people in close proximity to him or her (and the reverse is also true). Just think about how you feel in the presence of someone who is appreciative or caring, compared to being close to someone angry or frustrated.
That is: if your own heart rhythm is coherent, there is a greater chance that your environment will also behave coherently.
That is: the health of your environment starts with your own health.
That is: changing the world starts with you.



Cryer notes how, “A lot of people feel powerless. Climate change. Poverty. War. Terrorism. There are so many things we could fear in the world. So where do you start as an individual, when the size of the problems seem so daunting? It is important to know that you can have a demonstrably positive effect on the world. We can change the world, starting with ourselves.”
That enthusiasm is behind all the solid research done by HeartMath. This vision also explains why the Institute never opted for quick fixes, but instead preferred building steady proof of concept. Cryer concludes, “It is our mission to help the world change, by helping people change. The root of most of our world’s problems is a lack of emotional management, a lack of understanding, care, respect and compassion. Most organizations and governments are fairly dysfunctional, because their leaders lack skills to manage themselves emotionally, let alone be an example for others to follow. That dysfunction damages the planet every day. We offer tools that are needed to eradicate major challenges and problems and to prevent wrongs.”
Those tools help the heart to make love.
All you need is love, John Lennon sang.
It’s as simple as that.


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“Meditation is mainly geared towards consciously separating yourself from the reality around you. That has totally different physical consequences than our approach, which is geared towards actively adding positive energy to a particular situation.”


I found this to be especially interesting.

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Cryer notes how, “A lot of people feel powerless. Climate change. Poverty. War. Terrorism. There are so many things we could fear in the world. So where do you start as an individual, when the size of the problems seem so daunting? It is important to know that you can have a demonstrably positive effect on the world. We can change the world, starting with ourselves.”

And I found this bit to be interesting too...
IMO, it's not so much that we can change the world but we can change the way we perceive the world, how we respond to what we see in the world and then control our reaction or response to take the 'big picture paradigm' into account. It is then our actions or responses to events that possibly is seen by others and so influences them as well, or, our energy flows to others who then respond/ react similarly. This is seen to happen in crowd violence situations. I guess if this is happening in a positive way we [i]are[/i] actually changing the world, one person at a time.
It was good to get a taste of the heartmath info again. IMO, highly relevant to the WMM. These relevant links are never a waste of time or space (?). Always good to reread good info.


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zero,you comment it in the way that is close to my perception too...nice and right words,thank you,take care..and all of you too;)


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Thanks zero, I appreciate what you say. I am learning through using some of the techniques from heartmath and the 6th Lyricus discourse that they work and are effective and do effect those around me. I have also found that no matter what is going on in the world that as long as I remember the Source of that world originated from the same place as I did so therefore it originates within me too. And with that I can chose how I want to see it despite the chaos for there is an underlying order to that chaos. I think I just said what you did only in different words. To remember that the Source lies within each and every one of us can be most empowering when truly felt and knowing nothing can undo that feeling.


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I have the Freeze Framer software and it is pretty good, though I must admit I have not used it consistently...

One thing I read on-line is this heart math and something called the Sedona method are supposed to work well together...I am looking into the Sedona method...

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Thanks Kirabo, perhaps you could describe in a post here how the freezeframer works and keep us posted about the Sedona method. I am for whatever works to keep in a unconflicted state that can help to maintain that state naturally from having the knowledge to do so. The unchartered territory of the intelligence of the heart is our secret weapon so to speak.;)


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the software keeps track of day to day readings on heart coherence...

I was doing good this week, usually do a session late in the afternoon, and each day my heart was less in low coherence and more in medium and high coherenec...but yesterday...a day off from work and had a very good day, visiting Jerome and just relaxing I could not get my mind and heart in the same place so the readings were not as good. back to more in low coherence, not as much medium and very little in high...

a bit frustrating...

In many ways this program is like meditating, but instead of concentrating on your breathing the program teaches you to concentrate on you heart...so in meditating there are days where you cannot concentrate...my guess is there are the same days with concentrating on your heart...

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Wow, Kirabo concentrating on the heart is exactly what the Art of the Genuine is about, I am beginning to see how "connected" this is too what Lyricus is revealing to us. Heartmath rocks! Thanx!


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Today's session was better then yesterdays...but not as good as the middle of the week...might be because during the week I am not as active and sitting most of the day so on the weekend it takes a little longer to get to where I want to be.

and any thought, whether it is on the heart or music in another room can distract me...this is more a feeling then a concentration...I have to feel my heart not concentrate on it

I have a long way to go...but at least it will be a pleasant journey

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Thanks for sharing this I think it is important for others to know that such techniques are available. I know you have definitely caught my interest and could appreciate you keeping us posted on your progress with this from time to time if you don't mind. :)


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The Power of the Heart
A new book offers a novel approach to beating stress by regulating the rhythms of your heart


Stressed out? It may be reflected in your heart rhythms.

WEB EXCLUSIVE
By Julie Scelfo
Newsweek
Updated: 1:02 p.m. ET April 5, 2005
April 5 - Americans are spending billions of dollars each year on aromatherapy products, yoga classes and relaxation tapes not to mention antidepressants and anti-anxiety medication. It's clear that we are a stressed-out nation, looking for relief. Readers might find some in a new book, Transforming Stress: The HeartMath Solution for Relieving Worry, Fatigue and Tension (New Harbinger). The book aims to help people not just cope with daily stress but escape from nerve-racking feelings altogether by learning to reset the rhythms of their heart. NEWSWEEK's Julie Scelfo spoke with Deborah Rozman, the books coauthor, about the role the heart plays in exacerbating, or alleviating, stress. Excerpts:

NEWSWEEK: Are we really living in a more stressful world?
Deborah Rozman: Definitely. Part of what makes it more stressful is connectedness. You see people all frayed around you, and it makes you uptight. Then you see the media, which is largely reporting stressful events. Were bombarded by other people's stressful emotions and experiences and then we have our own. That just adds to the stress environment.


Courtesy HeartMath LLC
Deborah Rozman

I'm forever telling my husband that when hes stressed out, it affects me.
Yes, your emotional state transmits. Most people don't realize that stress is measurable, but it is. The new research shows your heartbeat rhythms change according to how you feel. If you're feeling anxiety or stress or depression, your heart will reflect an incoherent pattern. It looks like an earthquake if you're really angry. Your heart's electromagnetic field extends around you, so the pattern of your heart rhythm is picked up in someone else's brain wave. So your family and friends and whoever you are next to in a crowded elevator, you're really picking up on someone else's vibes. On the other hand, when somebody else shows appreciation or caring, you pick up that rhythmic pattern.

I was interested to read in your book that stressful feelings become a habit for many people.
Our physiology is used to operating under habits; otherwise we'd have to learn how to drive a car every time we get into it. The stress reactions inside our body become patternized, so when someone triggers us to feel bad, we quickly blow a fuse, feel anxiety, experience anger. It's like a Pavlov dog response.

How does that affect people?
When the body signals stress and you're stressed, not only do you feel crummy but it shuts down the brain's ability to think clearly and react clearly. The body goes into survival mode. You react out of fight or flight, or fear, or protection, or anger. You're trying to protect yourself and you're not responding with wholeness to the situation ... you do and say things you regret.


So how do we break the stress habit?
The research is showing that people can learn to connect with the innate, intuitive intelligence of the heart and really be able to shift their physiology in the moment. The heart then communicates to the brain to give you more common-sense clarity on how to respond to the situation. So you're basically interrupting and altering the physiological response as it occurs. Then that repatterns the nervous system response.

Can you explain this in English?
Emotions are managing people more than people are managing emotions. The goal is to intervene in the stress response while it's happening so we can shift our emotional state and heart rhythm. The first exercise in the book is simple. Stop what you're doing. Pay attention to your heart rhythm, and think about breathing throughout that area. Focusing on the heart allows your respirations and heart rhythms to synchronize.

Isn't this the same thing as stop and take a deep breath?
For most people, when you say stop and take a deep breath, it does start to synchronize the system. But people very quickly go right back into their head so relief is very temporary. It';s only if the breathing and the heart rhythm synchronize that you actually get the mental perception shift you need to [relax].

Then what?
The next thing is to think of your pet, a great sunset, a great meal something that you felt joy or appreciation for, or when you had a good time. Capture the essence of that feeling and add it to your heart focus and heart breathing. If you hold that attitude for just a moment, your physiology will change.


How does it work?
Recalling or re-experiencing a positive emotion creates [new] positive emotions. Experiencing genuine feelings of joy or care creates coherence between your breathing and your heart. Then, the heart's power over the brain [kicks in]. It tells the brain what to do. There's more nerves going from the heart to the brain than the other way around.

So how do I go home tonight and convince my husband to try this?
A lot of people have tried self-help techniques, therapies, eating differently, sleeping more, taking pills. They try different things and [nothing works]. They feel hopeless I can't change. It's not working. They get into all sorts of self-doubt. The key is they have to [focus on] a power stronger than all that and it's inside of themselves. And that's the power of the heart.

Is that the biggest obstaclegetting people to realize they can change things they think they can't?
Yes, that's why this is such a breakthrough. We don't have to spend 20 years meditating and doing yoga. We need solutions fast.


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Powerful stuff Shayalana, thank you for sharing.....

It's so simple really isn't it!

By the way, is Shayalana what you like to be called or do you prefer Shay?!

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Hey Russell honey , you can call me whatever you want.:);):D


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Everybody, my nagual is dancing.....


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Russell, I like your signature,"...all resurrects", because it is true, can you feel it inside? Can you feel yourself waking up, yawning and looking around knowing you have been asleep for a long long time? Everything looks different, what seemed to matter before doesn't so much now. Priorities change and it, it is much simpler. You can see how much fear is infused all around you and it is so thick in some places you can see how dark it is. Yet, it doesn't touch you because you know it is not you essentially and never could be.Why? Because you refuse to accept it as a way of life. Curious to see how something that drives so many people has utterly no backing or substance to it. When one stops running being chased by fear , stops and turns around to look it in the eye, fear doesn't know what to do when you don't fear it anymore. It's only option is to dissipate and fade away . I keep thinking of Aragorn in The Return of the King when in the mountains of the dead, he could feel the utter fear infused in the very air and his companions were very uncomfortable from it. He looked at the entrance to the cave he knew he had to enter knowing death lived there, turned and said to his companions, "I do not fear death." and walked into the cave. What is my point? We all will resurrect when we release the hold of fear for the death pall it has covered people in through fear of it. We are resurrecting thanks for being a catalyst for this.



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Friday, April 7th CBS The Early Show will be airing a 3 minute segment about test anxiety featuring the Institute of HeartMath's test anxiety research study and their TestEdge program. It should air between the hours of 8:00 am and 9:00 am. The air time should be the same in each US time zone
[url=http://www.heartmath.com/]heartmath[/url]

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Thanks Shay, I'm glad you like my siganature, it's simply an anagram of my full name.....and for that I am grateful!

I like your analogy of Aragorn etc.....you have said more than the sum of your words, thank you again.

Hey Kirabo, sounds like exciting things are happening over there!

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Thanks Kirabo but unfortunately I don't have a television yet, it wasn't high on my list of priorities. i may have to rethink that.:)


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LOL I just went to check out some e-mails and look what I found Kirabo, I just love synchronicity!



"Greetings from the Institute of HeartMath,

Surprising Preliminary Study Results

Why was the Institute of HeartMath motivated to initiate a test anxiety study? In part it was reports from concerned teachers and parents about students getting sick in hallways or bursting into tears prior to and during high stakes tests. We wanted to find out just how big this problem was and validate effective solutions for those most affected.

We have been working for almost two years now and the study is almost complete. Here are some of the preliminary research findings. Some were quite surprising:



55% of 10th grade students suffer from test anxiety.

Girls are twice as likely to have test anxiety as are boys.

There is a strong correlation between teacher stress and student test anxiety.

There was some good news for students in the experimental group:



Students reduced their test anxiety levels.

Girls had the largest decrease in test anxiety using the TestEdge program and their test scores (English Language Arts) significantly increased by approximately 15 points.

Students ability to get along with and understand other students increased.

All of the participants in the experimental group went through a three month program where they learned the TestEdge® tools, and practiced with the Freeze-Framer®. In addition the teachers received a profession development program called the Resilient Educator™.

Click Here to view all of the preliminary findings and additional student drawings.

Heartfully,

Brian Kabaker

P.S. If you're interested in TestEdge for home or classroom use click here. Please feel free to pass this e-mail on to a friend or colleague that might be interested.

Cut and paste the following URL if you experience difficulty with the links above.
http://www.heartmath.org/education/test ... index.html

Visit Our Web Site

Institute of HeartMath® 14700 West Park Ave. Boulder Creek, CA 95006 | tel (831) 338-8500 | fax (831) 338-8504 | info@heartmath.org




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This is exciting news from heartmath! Hey Kirabo,check this out!


"New Images of The "Brain In The Heart"

In the last ten years, new evidence has accumulated for the function of what is being described as the "little brain in the heart." The identification of this "intrinsic heart brain" may have a profound effect on how we view the heart.

This "little brain" has the capacity to process sensory information arising from within the heart and this information is then sent to the brain. The information the heart sends can have profound effects on brain activity and function.

By gaining a deeper understanding of the makeup and structure of how the central nervous system interacts with the autonomic nervous system including "the heart brain", we are unraveling the mechanisms that explain how stress and negative emotions can lead to arrhythmias and other serious heath challenges.

This is especially important in todays stressful world as peoples ability to maintain their mental, emotional, and physical balance is constantly challenged. When our nervous system is overwhelmed by repeated exposure to stress the effects can be devastating.

While scientists grapple with the intricacies of our system, we can do something about preventing disease and increasing our vitality and well-being through learning to manage our stress. One of the ways you can learn to exert more control over stress is through the practice of initiating a state of psycho-physiological coherence.

We can do this by practicing HeartMath tools and observing the effect they are having on us with the Freeze-Framer®.

To view new microscopic images of the neurons that comprise the "heart brain" click here.

We especially want to thank J. Andrew Armour, M.D. for his ground breaking discoveries and for providing us with these new photos.

You can learn more about "little brain in the heart" in these two e-books:
Neurocardiology (written more for health professionals)
Science of the Heart (for everyone)

Heartfully,

Brian Kabaker


http://www.heartmath.org/research/our-heart-brain.html

"The dominant force in the whole body is that guiding principle which we term mind or intellect. This is firmly lodged in the mid-region of the breast. Here is the place where fear and alarm pulsate. Here is felt the caressing touch of joy. Here, then, is the seat of the intellect and the mind."

Lucretius, On the Nature of Things, Book III (circa 55 B.C.)



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