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HeartMath — Heart Coherence Benefits

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HeartMath (HM) is a great way to quickly shift from a stressed state to a peaceful one. It helps you center yourself, focus on positive emotions, and build stress resilience.

Are you suffering from stress? If you’re like most people, then you have a lot of daily stressors in your life. Even though many stressors are small, they tend to accumulate quickly. With fast-paced schedules and never-ending to-do lists, dealing with stress can be challenging. Although it might not seem like a big deal, keeping stress low is crucial to having the health and quality of life you want. High stress causes anxiety, depression, anger, health problems, sleep issues, and more. 

HeartMath brings your physical, emotional, and mental systems into alignment. It trains you to live more from a relaxed flow state. This harmonious state happens when you’re in heart coherence or when your heart and brain work together. This synergistic connection allows you to get things done easily and almost effortlessly. Once you’re in a coherent state, you can tap into the intelligence and intuitive guidance of your heart. This creates a profound shift in how you handle challenges. It can reduce stress, boost energy, improve mental function, balance emotions, and build resilience. 

Heart Coherence

What is heart coherence?

Heart coherence (HC) happens when your heart and brain are connected and communicating clearly. It means that your mind, body, and emotions are in sync. Research shows that when you shift into HC, your heart and brain operate and communicate as one, unified system. HC allows you to access the wisdom of your heart and brain simultaneously. This improves intuition, cognition, mental clarity, decision-making, stress levels, and more.

Heart Rate Variability (HRV)

How do you achieve heart coherence?

You can use HeartMath techniques to achieve heart coherence (HC) and Heart Rate Variability (HRV) to measure it. HRV tracks the quality of HC you have. Think of your HRV is a reflection of your inner state. By using HM you can improve your HRV to increase HC. This will positively impact how you think, feel, and perform.

Make the Shift…

Incoherence — poor function

You feel more… 

  • Fatigue, stress, anxiety, mental fog, impatient, reactive, confused, sleep-deprived, depleted, stuck, frustrated

Coherence — optimal function

You feel more… 

  • Energized, resilient, calm, clear-headed, patient, relaxed, intuitive, rested, rejuvenated, creative, appreciative

Heart Brain Connection

Why HeartMath?

HeartMath is based on over 25 years of scientific research. This includes over 300 independent peer-reviewed studies! These studies focus on how the heart influences your emotions, perceptions, health, and intuition. They also show the connection between the heart and brain. This connection helps you reduce stress, find balance, and build resilience.

Watch this YouTube Video on The Heart’s Intuitive Intelligence. Your heart is constantly emitting energy from you. It’s through this unseen vibration that all people and living things are connected. This video explains the importance of this connection.

HeartMath Inner Balance

How do you access heart coherence (HC)?

HM has created simple and proven HC building techniques. These methods allow you to access HC quickly and easily. With practice, these tools strengthen intuition and build resilience.

What’s the best way to get started? 

As an individual, the best technology to use is the HeartMath Inner Balance device. If you want to use HM for multiple users, then check out HM’s EmWave device. Both the HeartMath Inner Balance and EmWave biofeedback technologies offer great coherence tracking and training. You can purchase a biofeedback device through HeartMath.com.

When you use these biofeedback devices, you’ll see your heart-rhythm or Heart Rate Variability (HRV) in real-time. This allows you to track the quality of your heart brain communication. The HRV training guides you into an consistent state that benefits how you think, feel, and perform.

Ready to unlock your intuitive power?

Biofeedback at Home

Want to do biofeedback at home or anywhere? Get started by downloading the Heartmath Inner Balance app or the EmWave software. Then, attach the sensor clip to your earlobe. This tracks your HRV training in real-time. Based on your HRV, the app guides you into a higher state of coherence.

How does it work?

  1. Observe your HRV, a.k.a. your inner balance.
  2. Use the HeartMath techniques to increase your coherence by focusing on loving feelings, such as joy and compassion.
  3. Get feedback to confirm positive shifts AND sustain them.
  4. Practice HM for a few minutes at a time throughout your day. With regular use, you’ll achieve greater heart coherence, elevate your mindset, decrease anxiety, and reduce stress.

Need one-on-one support?

Cate Ritter is a Certified HeartMath Coach. She can guide you in using HM’s techniques, technology, and more.

Heart Intelligence

Should you listen to your head or your heart?

Watch Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. Co-Author Heart Intelligence

Heart Brain

Your heart is much more than just an organ. Neuro-cardiologists have found that the heart has its own independent nervous system. This is referred to as the heart brain or the heart nervous system. The heart and brain are in constant communication. Although it might surprise you, the heart actually does most of the talking. It sends important signals to your entire body. With practice, HeartMath increases this innate intelligence to support your health, wellness, and well-being.

How does HeartMath increase intuition?

According to HM, your heart is a spiritual access point for intuitive intelligence that surpasses that of the brain. HeartMath’s research indicates that the heart communicates a steady stream of intuitive info to the brain. As you learn to relax your mind and tune into these feelings, you’ll strengthen your intuition. This offers you a greater understanding of yourself, others, and life’s challenges. HM biofeedback provides the solutions to improve your health, well-being, and life. HM makes this process easy, quick, and fun!

Increase Intuition

Intuition is a deep source of wisdom and inner knowingness that bypasses normal thought patterns. When you’re in connection with your intuition, a.k.a. your higher self, you’re able to overcome limitations much easier.

Energetic Heart

Your heart’s electromagnetic field (EMF) is 60 times greater than the EMF around your brain! This field extends up to 3 feet outside and around your body. What has the greatest impact on this field? Your emotions!

Why focus on positive emotions?

Most positive emotions come from your heart. This includes feelings like love, care, appreciation, gratitude, compassion, courage, kindness, empathy, and patience. Connecting with these emotions sends different signals from your heart to your brain. So by actively creating these feelings, you change how you perceive and respond to life. By accessing your higher intelligence, you elevate your decisions and communication to greater levels. HeartMath does this by helping you focus on genuine feelings. These emotions create a smooth and harmonious heart rhythm that can have a powerful influence on your health and life.

Your heart impacts EVERYTHING in your life, including your health, your brain function, the way you feel, and how you interact with others.

Benefits of Coherence

HM’s research proves that different heart patterns have different effects on your thoughts and behaviors. Over 11,500 people have participated in HeartMath studies. These participants experienced improvements in only 6-9 weeks of using HM.

benefits of heart coherence

Health Benefits Include:

  • 56% drop in depression
  • 48% drop in fatigue
  • 46% drop in anxiety
  • 38% improvement in calmness
  • 30% improvement in sleep
  • 24% improvement in the ability to focus

Is HeartMath a relaxation program?

No. Although it’s relaxing, coherence (a change in heart rhythm pattern) is the goal. Achieving coherence has benefits far beyond relaxation. Relaxation is a low-energy state in which you disengage from your mind and emotions. In contrast, coherence is an energized state. It engages positive emotions to calm your nervous system and increase mental function.

Is HeartMath a breathing exercise?

No. Rhythmic breathing can shift you out of a stressful state and into coherence. But, constant focus on the breath can be challenging to maintain. Although the techniques include breathing, it’s not the focus. Instead, HM focuses on heart emotions. This is the key to HM’s effectiveness because it’s the most efficient way to achieve coherence. The resulting benefits are much greater than the benefits of breathing. Coherence allows for increases in intuition, creativity, mental performance, hormone balance, and more!

What happens if you’re in incoherence? 

Think of a car. Incoherence is like having your feet on the gas AND the brake simultaneously. This creates a jerky ride, burns more gas, and isn’t great for your car! These patterns are especially damaging when prolonged. Stressful emotions decrease mental function, deplete energy, and wear you down.

Global Coherence Initiative

HM research shows our interconnectedness with all things. When you’re in heart coherence, you radiate energy that benefits you, others, animals, and even the planet. The more heart coherence you have, the more it helps others have it too. And the more everyone has, the more we’ll all experience greater flow and potential for positive outcomes. In fact, people often become so in sync in heart coherence that they even begin communicating on an energetic level! So get started. You’ll benefit yourself, others, and beyond.

HeartMath even recognizes the connection between human and Earth energies. Through intention and cooperation, we can have a positive impact on our world. This has inspired a collective global initiative. By improving your heart coherence, you become more conscious of the thoughts, feelings, and emotions that you feed the “field.” This leads to increased global harmony, and peace. HeartMath Founder, Doc Childre says…

“Dare to connect with your heart. You will be lifting not only yourself and those you love and care about, but also the world in which you live.”