Friday, May 27, 2016

a Loving Heart is a Healthy Heart

Your heart is like a compass, it speaks to you moment by moment. It is your wisdom bank, and is much more than an efficient pumping machine.  

Science has shown us that the heart possesses its own intelligence, has its own brain. In fact, the HeartMath Institute has identified that the electromagnetic field of the heart is 5,000 times stronger than that of the brain. And the heart and brain work together.

It's believed that our emotions play a huge role in the health of our hearts, and they can positively impact our state of health more than all the vitamins, exercise and organic food combined. So feeling and expressing all of our emotions is good medicine! By intentionally attending to them we can rewire the neural circuitry of our nervous system, and the stress pathways begin to atrophy. 

In our culture women have been socialised to keep the lid on their anger which then gets internalised, causing stress.  

Yes, its OK to be angry!  

But as heart disease is a significant health risk  for women, it's important to find a way to process any bottled up anger. A loving heart floods our 75 trillion cells all at once, revitalising our being with powerful hormones, whereas a closed or angry heart can increase our likelihood of illness.

Personally, I start my day with a brief check in with my heart. If I'm ever upset, or in doubt, I put my hand on your heart and bring up a loving thought of appreciation for someone. This practice has an immediate calming effect, and activates the Oxytocin hormone of bonding, safety and trust in our brain.

If you want to boost your immune system and have a healthy heart, then remember to seek out tender, heart to heart connections with your loved ones this month.  

Nearness, not absence, makes our hearts grow fonder!