There is no resource other than the heart, that is already fully in place.
~Susann Bon Meijenfeldt
Does the Heart have a Mind of its Own?
For more than 25 years, the HeartMath Institute Research Center has explored the physiological mechanisms by which the heart and brain communicate. It became clear to the researchers that Depleting Emotions lead to increased disorder within the higher-level brain centers and the Autonomic Nervous System (ANS)—this was measured through Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and proven to adversely affect the functioning of virtually all bodily systems.
It was observed that the Heart acted as if it had a mind of its own and could significantly influence the way we perceive and respond in our daily interactions. In essence, it now appears that the Heart Brain directly affects our awareness, intuition, perception and intelligence.
HeartMath skills provide us with the tools to maintain Coherence, regulate our ANS, improve our immune functioning and overall health, while enhancing our connection to Self and the global collective.
Resilience is the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, challenge or adversity.
Think of it as the amount of energy you have stored in your inner battery. When you have a high level of resilience, or fully charged battery, you are able to remain calm, think clearly and be in control of your emotions. If your inner battery is depleted, it is difficult to be at your best and respond well in tough, or sometimes, even ordinary situations.
What the heck is HeartMath and how is 'it' used in a Coaching Session?
All Coaching Plans start with a 2 Hour Initial Assessment/Meet-up. This is where I draw upon various holistic coaching tools and compassionate curiosity to dive deeper into your lived experience and discover your current strengths and vulnerabilities
If we discover you experience more Depleting Emotions (i.e. anger, frustration, anxiety, worry, fear, resentment, shame, irritation), often feel dysregulated and find it difficult to stay calm and responsive, then HeartMath would be the perfect tool to incorporate into your wellness plan.
I work with HeartMath’s heart-rate monitoring system called the emWave Pro. The emWave Pro device gently clips onto the client’s earlobe and is attached to my computer where we can measure and observe their Heart Rate Variability (HRV). The HRV offers a unique window into the quality of communication between the client’s heart and brain, which directly impacts how the client feels, performs and their current level of Resilience.
During our coaching sessions, we will have hands on practice with the monitoring technology and HeartMath’s practical tools which include breathwork and visualization like Heart-Focused Breathing or Quick Coherence Techniques. This approach teaches clients how to generate for themselves the highly efficient physiological state called Coherence. This state lifts the vibration of emotional composure, optimizes efficacy within all body systems while improving the functioning of the immune system.
The process of learning self-awareness and regulation tools gives clients the efficacy to respond to daily challenges to create mastery over their lived experiences.
I have seen for myself and past clients that just a few minutes of daily coherence practice reduces and prevents many of the negative effects of stress, such as scattered thoughts, feeling overwhelmed, emotional distortion, fatigue, brain fog, exhaustion, sleep disruption, reactivity, anxiety and burnout.