Apart from being a practitioner of Creative Kinesiology, I am also very keen to translate some of the recent scientific studies – ones that are relevant to us as kinesiologists – into a usable format. This means that we can use the information with our clients and not just keep it as background information. It can certainly help with healing for ourselves and for others.
My first blog was about building and maintaining our resilience – a crucial element of our physical, emotional and mental health in these times.
This time I am expanding on one aspect of this – our heart health and the capacity to love ourselves and others and all of life. Spending so much time alone during the first lockdown and now well into the second one I have been reflecting on this. It is a tricky thing to manage, when we don’t get feedback from our family and friends – the feedback that normally gives us a sense of ourselves and how we fit in to our world. This can take a heavy toll.
Our hearts are central to our wellbeing. We may know this intuitively – it is backed up by acupuncture theory and the Institute of HeartMath.
Let’s look at some facts:
- Our heart rhythms stretch out around us and take up 8 to 10 feet (3 to 4 meters) of our personal space – affecting all beings within near range.
- The heart has at least 40,000 neurons – equivalent to major parts of the head brain, making it a brain in its own right.
- It affects the body by secreting neurotransmitters, the nervous system’s messengers, into the blood and on into the body.
- In addition, the heart sends pressure waves, rhythms and pulsations to the rest of the body – affecting mental states and feelings. As these waves spread throughout the body, they bring the pulsations of the other organs into alignment with them. If the heart is in an erratic state, then the effect on the other organs is to create disharmony and incoherence.
- The heart appears to receive intuitive feelings moments before the brain in the head. It is speedier than the rather slow apparatus contained in our skulls.
So, how can we help ourselves in these, sometimes, lonely days?
- Can we find things to appreciate about ourselves? Anything makes a difference – like singing in the shower, making a tasty bowl of porridge or when the cat jumps up and blesses us with a purr.
- Finding thigs to appreciate and be thankful for every day is a way of harmonising the heart’s rhythms. And in turn this brings harmony to the body, mind and emotions.
- When the going gets tough – remembering good things to appreciate from the past can make a difference to our heart rhythms in a very positive and coherent way.
- Breathing a little bit deeper can increase a sense of calm and coherence, changing anxiety to calm. It is worth having a go to experience what happens.
- Having a project or two can bring some purpose to the everyday as well as to our heart rhythms. And this can be helpful if it is outside of any work you are doing. Even turning out and rearranging kitchen cupboards can be a great project that leaves a feeling of achievement – my job for this week!
You might be interested in ‘The HeartMath Solution’ by Doc Childre and Howard Martin. Piatkus, 2011 edition.