Why Heart Matters

Cultivating Coherence, Compassion & Courage

Being Heart-Centered

HeartRich puts the human heart at the center of everything we do to help people Live, Love & Lead from the Heart. 

What do we mean by the heart? We mean both the literal, physical heart and the figurative, symbolic one.

The Human Heart

There is now a field of science called NeuroCardiology, as well as, PsychoCardiology, that recognize the heart is way more than just an incredible blood pump and is involved in bi-directional communication with the brain.

Based on decades of scientific studies of mind-body (psycho-physiological – neuro-biological) self-regulation techniques and their beneficial effects, we use the heart in our resilience training to help people cultivate presence, inner balance and a better sense of order and mental/emotional clarity by bringing our nervous systems, brains and hearts into a more optimal state of functioning called coherence.

Coherence

When in a coherent state, and by increasing your baseline coherence level with regular practice:

  • our body’s systems function more efficiently,
  • we mitigate against stress & boost immune function,
  • we manage ourselves more intelligently,
  • we’re more emotionally stable, calm & compassionate,
  • we have more mental clarity,
  • we boost our ability to think more creatively & effectively,
  • we manage our energy better, increasing resilience,
  • we have more inner balance, focus & concentration,
  • we increase our performance & productivity,
  • we improve our decision making,
  • we increase our ability to tune in to & use our intuition,
  • we improve our collaboration with others,
  • we simply feel better, think better, relate better and perform better.

Sound too good to be true?

How does the heart do this?

We owe it to The HeartMath Institute’s research and training over the past several decades to explain it, and to guide us with their proven practices being used all over the world by organizations like: medical centers, universities, NASA, military, first responders, businesses, and many more.

HeartMath’s practices exercise and involve the heart, the mind, the emotions and the breath to help us create a more optimal state of being, which helps us mitigate against the effects of long term stress, build resilience, and improve how we experience stressors in the present, ultimately improving our psychological, emotional and physical well-being.

We will prepare a lot more material about HeartMath’s resilience building and emotion regulation tools and practices but for now, here are a few important links:

Science of the Heart

HeartMath Resources

Intro to HeartMath

Please visit www.heartmath.org to learn more. Better yet, we highly encourage you to watch The HeartMath Experience and begin your coherence training on your own.

The HeartMath Experience

The Polyvagal Theory

In addition to HeartMath’s research and practices, we rely on Stephen Porges’ Polyvagal Theory to support the importance of developing higher Heart Rate Variability (HRV) and Vagal Tone, which helps open us up to our Social Engagement System, and thus put the brakes on our Sympathetic Nervous System’s chronic dominance in our heavily stressful world and lives, which we know leads to illness and disease – mental as well as physical.

When we are in our Social Engagement System, a branch of our Autonomic Nervous System, our bodies and minds support health, growth and restoration. We are open hearted, and feel safe and connected. As a result, we are at our best and experience a state of flow, connection, calm, creativity, and compassion. In addition, our immune systems function more optimally, as well as nearly every other life-sustaining capacity. 

The Symbolic Heart

We also put the symbolic or figurative heart at the center of everything we do, and what we mean by that is probably stating the obvious but we’ll explain anyway.

For eons, our ancestors have known about the special qualities of the human heart – it’s where we seem to feel love and other emotions so strongly, we feel it’s the core of who we are – our Self.

We call on the heart in much the same way, helping people let go of the grip of the incessantly thinking mind (monkey mind), especially when it’s being hyper-critical and negative (mean monkey mind), to connect with their personal & spiritual core and learn to let its more holistic and intuitive wisdom guide their lives.

Basically, to become Self-led.

Heart-Based Values

How does this show up in our coaching & training?

First, by clarifying and prioritizing your personal values – which represent who you are, what you believe in, what you stand for, and what you feel is most important in your life.

Values clarification isn’t a swift, simple or straightforward process but a personally engaging and challenging one involving various coaching processes and tools to help us truly connect to the core of our being and make very important decisions about how we intend to live, who we want to be, what work we want to do, and a lot more.

With your values clarified and prioritized, you can now guide your life and make decisions with more confidence, certainty, trust and ease.

We can use our heart-based values to create an inspiring and motivating vision of the future we wish to create and to guide ourselves in the moment by keeping ourselves in check reflecting on a simple, binary choice: are we living from the heart honoring our values or the alternative – moving away from our values to avoid discomfort, pain, stress or simply fear?

With these two main pillars a) managing our inner world more effectively, and b) knowing how we wish to live, we can ultimately honor the words inspired by Gandhi: ‘be the change you wish to see in the world’.

For these reasons, and many more, the heart is indeed a very special gift we could use more wisely in our lives.

Be HeartRich!

Seen enough? Want to talk about how we can help you create a HeartRich Presence (and life and relationship and company)? Reach out below or sign up for a complimentary consultation. Can’t wait to work with you!

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