Coherence is an optimal state of functioning where our mental, physical and emotional systems are in synchronization and balance. This happens when we experience qualities like peace, calmness, gratitude, appreciation, care, kindness and compassion for anyone or anything in our life. Heart, brain, nervous system and organs operate smoothly and energy efficient.
Nature is pleased with simplicity.Isaac Newton
All you ever wanted to know about stress
Let’s begin with a little Quiz!
Name one thing that no one really needs! Stress-Correct! And now name one thing that we all need! Good News- Correct again! But, how do Stress and good News fit together? To answer that question, let’s first ponder about how we commonly define stress. Some of you might say: my work, my husband, my mother-in-law, Christmas, tax declaration or simply: my whole life! That to me is pure Stress!! Indeed, it might feel like that at times. When we continuously feel fearful, anxious, sad, angry and frustrated, our body responds with: STRESS. Generally spoken, stress is something that is happening in our body. Therefore we say: I FEEL stressed. This means that stress is something we sense and feel. So, let’s get to the bottom of that.
When we are experiencing minor or major challenges in life, we often develop feelings like anger, anxiety and frustration. These are processed by our big ‘emotions processor’, our human Heart. Processing information in form of feelings and emotions is an important job our heart exercises on an energetic level. This job is even tougher than pumping our blood from A to B, but our heart is capable to do that. At least to a certain extent!
The information our heart processes on the energetic level gets transmitted to rest of our body too: to our nervous system, our organs and, last but not least, our brain.
Our Heart is a lot stronger than our Brain, electromagnetically. What is still commonly unknown is that the heart sends significantly more information to the brain than vice versa. When the heart information has a negative charge, like anger, anxiety and frustration, then the information the heart sends to the brain is looking rather chaotic. Scientists have measured this state with a technological device, which creates a graph like this:
As you can see, the graph looks very chaotic, abrupt and out of balance. Negative Emotions are our very own Energy Vampire. In such state our body operates very inefficiently. This means it consumes and wastes a lot of energy, so we feel tired and exhausted much faster.
The brain is not able to function properly, so we are often not able to focus and are prone to make mistakes, wrong decisions, yell at the kids or are in a bad mood. Our body gets in a so-called fight and flight mode where an extensive amount of Cortisol, a common stress hormone, is produced. If we do not take care of these negatively charged emotions, this inefficient energy management has a carryover effect and continues to run in the background.
Over time our inner battery is running out of energy much faster and we are even losing the ability to properly recharge and replenish our energy whilst resting or sleeping.
This develops to a chronic state of depletion and exhaustion and consequently our body responds to even the smallest challenge by feeling overwhelmed and STRESSED.
Let’s put this in a nutshell:
Stress is the negative response of our body towards our environment, people, events, verbal & visual information etc. We respond negatively because we have reached a certain level of energy deficiency or depletion. The energy deficiency has been caused by inefficient energy management over an extended period, i.e. through continuous processing of depleting emotions and not taking care of them.
Everyone who resonates with this might now say: yes that sounds true and logical, but that is just the way life treats us. There is nothing we can do about it. And by the way: Where is the good news???
The good news is right here!
First of all, you should know that our human body has amazing potential and capability to heal and renew itself. In fact, it has the tendency to do THAT rather than depleting itself. This, in itself, is already good news isn’t it?
Stress, its causes, consequences and solutions have been in the focus of researchers and healthcare professionals for many decades. During the past 30 years, the Institute of Heartmath in California/USA has dedicated its scientific quest to the human heart and its crucial role in stress management.
The key to Stress Management is deceptively simple: Heart Coherence. In its research, the Institute has found the key to stress regulation and management. It is called: HEART COHERENCE.
So, what does it mean when our heart is in coherence? Coherence is an optimal state of functioning where our mental, physical and emotional systems are in synchronization and balance. This happens when we experience qualities like peace, calmness, gratitude, appreciation, care, kindness and compassion for anyone or anything in our life. Heart, brain, nervous system and organs operate smoothly and energy efficient.
Researchers have measured the state with the same device as above. The graph measured in a state of coherence looks like this:
As you can see, this graph looks much more balanced and synchronized than the upper one.
How to establish and sustain Coherence? The question is: how do we do that? How do we bring our heart in a state of Coherence? For this purpose, the Heartmath research has developed a remarkably simple exercise for which you only need 2 ‘devices’: your heart and your respiratory system.
This exercise is called the Quick Coherence Technique. Let’s take a few moments and sit down at home or anywhere else and let’s do this exercise in 3 simple steps:
Turn your attention inwards to the center of your chest where your heart is located. You may close your eyes if it makes it easier for you to focus on your heart center.
Lower the pace of your breathing and inhale & exhale a little deeper and slower than usual. Imagine your breath is flowing easily in and out of your heart.
After about 2 minutes of heart focused breathing, make a sincere attempt to activate an emotion of gratitude or appreciation for anyone or anything in your life within your heart.
Keep doing this little practice for minimum 5 minutes 3 times a day and soon you will feel subtle but powerful changes in the way you respond to daily challenges and you will feel more energetic and positive. The Quick Coherence Technique is the easiest, most efficient and powerful way to regulate any state of stress and emotional discomfort at any moment and time. The technique is designed to be applied ‘on the go’ because it is not even necessary to close the eyes or to sit down. All you need to do is investing a little time in conscious selfcare daily and BREATHE in a simple, yet highly efficient way. It certainly will be worth your while!
People who have applied the technique experienced the following results even after a short period of time:
- Feeling more energetic and able to sustain a high energy level for a long period during the day
- Faster recovery from physical, mental and emotional stressors
- Better mental and physical performance
- Ability to react faster to situations and to make better decisions
- Feeling empowered and fully in charge of emotions
- Less wear and tear
- Clear thinking & better focus
- Better sleep quality
- Return to calmness and an overall positive outlook in life
Does this sound too simple for you? Let me quote Isaac Newton who said: Nature is pleased with simplicity.
Let’s keep it that way!
Certified Heartmath Professional
Co Founder of the Middle East Resilience Institute The MERI
Humanitarian and Emergency First Responder
Additional Information on the article
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Picture Source: Britta Simon
Heart Research Data & Scientific Backup: Institute of Heartmath, A non-profit Heart Research and Education Organization, Boulder Creek, California USA
The Science of the Heart Publication:
Heart Rhythm Graph (HRV) measured with Emwave Plus Technology developed by the Institute of Heartmath