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Feb 01, 2021 12:29PM ● By Linda Sercarz

HeartMath is a system of energy management composed of meditation techniques that focus on breathing through the heart center. The techniques are simple to learn and designed to help us live in a more balanced and resilient state. By utilizing these meditations, self-regulation and control over emotions becomes easier. By starting with heart focused breathing and then reexperiencing a positive or renewing feeling, we are calming down our nervous system. We learn how positive emotions are regenerative and negative emotions are depleting.  Learning self-regulation techniques allows us to build our energy reserves and bounce back more quickly from stressful situations. When we do this, we are becoming more resilient and coherent. Being coherent means, we are functioning at a more optimal level with our physical systems in sync and balanced, and our heart, mind, emotions, hormonal and immune systems are working in a coordinated manner. The state of coherence is more than just a relaxed state.

When we acknowledge stressful feelings, we meet them. In meeting them, there is no need to judge, deny or overcome them. We can accept these feelings, but also learn to become more aware of where we are emotionally and know that we can shift to a more renewing or resilient state. This can be very empowering, especially in today’s world.

HeartMath techniques are backed up with extensive research by The HeartMath Institute. For many years they have been studying the heart and its functions and the effects of the heart based on the heart-based meditations. We know the heart is more than a pump. It has a large energy field. The heart secretes hormones and sends signal back and forth to the brain. Scientists have discovered that the heart has its own intrinsic nervous system known as the “heart brain”. Among the hormones that the heart produces is oxytocin, which is also known as the “love” or bonding hormone. We also know that when we are experiencing stress, we are producing cortisol. There are times when we need cortisol, however, too much of it over a long period of time can be detrimental to our health.

In today’s stressful world, HeartMath offers solutions for stress and anxiety while helping us to gain greater access to our intuition, improve our physical and mental health, memory and focus. Finding ways to mitigate the effects of stress now more than ever are critical to our health. The bonus is living a more happy, fulfilling life, more attuned to your life’s purpose with a more open and compassionate heart for yourself as well as for others.

For more information  about HeartMath and the science behind it, visit

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