The Inspired Guide - Issue #9

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A Life Full of Love With Guest Crysal Olds 5 WAYS TO STRENGTHEN YOUR HEART ENERGY

difficult to be creative, having low-level or primal cognitive functioning and decreasing our overall health and well-being.

What rules the body – the heart or the brain? For a long time, cognition has been thought to be the governing body of the human form, however research has now come through showing that the heart plays a major role as well. Scientific studies have shown that the “heart generates more energy than any other organ in the body, producing an electromagnetic field that is 5000 times more powerful than that emitted by the brain” (O,Dell).

What can we do to strengthen our heart in feelings of happiness, gratitude and love? There are many practices we can do to strengthen our heart in feeling these feelings. And the good news is, the more we practice these feelings the more it will become habit to feel this way and the more we increase the strength of our neural pathways connecting in this way (and vice versa).

How could the heart be so much more powerful? Studies have shown that the heart has its own conscious working memory and its own nervous system with cells, neurons, proteins and neurotransmitters. It can work completely separately from the brain experiencing things on a different level. How does the heart work in with the brain and the body? Studies have shown that the heart actually communicates to the brain through a variety of rhythms which alter cognition and physiological states of the body. For example, studies have shown that if the heart rhythm is coherent (feeling grateful, love and happiness) or in a state of balance, the message sent to the brain is one of clarity. “This can increase creativity and improve decision making, as well as influencing positive states of emotion” (O’Dell), which leads to overall health and well-being. What does this mean from a practical sense? What we feel matters, as it can influence our cognition and physiology. If we feel happy, grateful and loving, we can increase our levels of cognition opening the door to creativity, higher function decision making, and overall health and well-being. It could be safe to assume then that if we feel unhappy, resentful and hatred, then we can decrease our levels of cognition, finding it 56

Issue #9 | The Inspired Guide | March 1st 2020

TO STRENGTHEN OUR POSITIVE UPLIFTING HEART FEELINGS WE CAN: 1. Have a daily gratitude practice - at the end of each day, make a note of the things that happened during the day, that you are grateful for. Before long you may even notice that you are grateful for the challenges in your life because they allow you to see/give you new experiences etc. Gratitude is feeling thankful for what you have, and what you have experienced rather than wishing things were different. 2. Have a daily loving kindness practice. You can do this through meditation, visualisation, journaling, etc. It is a process whereby you wish yourself, those you know, those you see everyday and strangers, Iove, kindness and well wishes. This is my favourite meditation as follows: Loving kindness meditation: Find a nice comfortable position. If you are sitting up, ensure your back is straight and supported. If you are lying down ensure your legs and arms have space to sense (arms slightly away from the body, palms up, and legs slightly apart, feet relaxed/splaying out). • Take a few nice deep breaths. • Notice your body on the floor/chair, particularly where your body makes contact with that supporting you. Notice the temperature in the room, any other body sensations. • Notice the sounds both inside and outside the room. • Notice the smells.