Coherence is a measure of the pattern in the heart’s rhythm, which is independent of the amount of HRV, and reflects an orderly and harmonious synchronization among various systems in the body such as the heart, blood pressure rhythms and respiratory system.
Studies have show the “heart brain” is a real thing. You have probably heard about being in “a state of flow.” It might happen during a yoga or meditation class, or while cooking with your loved ones.
The flow state is the zone where our hearts, minds, and bodies are at one and we feel a deep connection with ourselves and others.
When we feel this connection, not only within ourselves but to our environment and even to our Mother Earth, we are actually being in coherence.
Heart Coherence And Stress
Scientific studies have shown that when we cultivate, intentionally or unintentionally, emotions of appreciation, love, and compassion (as opposed to anxiety, anger, or fear) the oscillations of our heart rhythm are showing as being more coherent or consistent. This coherence has been linked to a sense of well-being, as well as being more emotionally stable and reaching peak states of mindfulness.
Each one of us deals with stress differently, whether the stress is mental, emotional or social. This means that our heart coherence can fluctuate from moment to moment.
We all seek different ways to live more at ease. But what if we could train our hearts to be in coherence more often? What if we could entrain others in our journey to happiness just by being in a state of deep appreciation for life itself?
Scientists have found that the signals the heart continuously sends to the brain actually influence the function of higher brain centers involved in perception, cognition, and emotional processing. Our hearts can also entrain the hearts of other people around us. Research illustrates our hearts actually respond and are connected to the oscillations of the earth frequencies. What does that mean? The heart is basically its own brain.
Brain And Heart Coherence
Our brain and heart are connected and same as our body and mind are connected. In fact, everything is connected. Please find below video how Dr. Joe Dispenza and Gregg Braden explain about the brain and heart coherence.
How Do You Practice Heart Coherence
You can use the Quick Coherence technique to bring your heart rhythms into coherence and enable your brain to synchronize with your heart’s coherent rhythm. Start by learning how to shift into a heart-focused, positive emotional state through three simple steps.
Quick Coherence Technique
- Heart Focus: Focus your attention in the area of your heart, in the center of your chest.
- Heart Breathing: As you focus on the area of your heart, imagine your breath flowing in and out through that area.
- Heart Feeling: As you continue to breathe through the area of your heart, recall a positive feeling, a time when you felt good inside, and try to re-experience it. It could be feeling appreciation for the good things in your life, or the love and care you feel for someone.
The next step is to take this technique and make it a habit. Do this by picking certain times of the day when you can give yourself a guilt-free three to five minutes to focus on your heart: Start of your day, right before lunch, just before bed.
Waiting in line is also a great time to use this technique instead of getting aggravated. You will be amazed at how different your experience of waiting can be.
Instead of draining your energy by focusing on the negative you are using the time to recharge. The more you practice, the more quickly heart coherence emerges and the easier it is to sustain.
Think about where else you can fit in a Quick Coherence moment. At a stop light? Right before lunch? Doing the dishes? There are many little opportunities throughout the day. It is now just a matter of doing it.
Remember that taking mini breaks to “get in coherence” can go a long way in helping you gain inner balance and save a lot of energy along the way.
In order to learn more details about the Quick Coherence Technique, you may like to sign up The HeartMath Experience 90-minute Online Video Program HERE.
How Is Heart Coherence Measure?
Many contemporary scientists believe it is the underlying state of our physiological processes that determines the quality and stability of the feelings and emotions we experience. The feelings we label as positive actually reflect body states that are coherent, meaning “the regulation of life processes becomes efficient, or even optimal, free-flowing and easy,” and the feelings we label as “negative,” such as anger, anxiety and frustration are examples of incoherent states.
It is important to note, however, these associations are not merely metaphorical. For the brain and nervous system to function optimally, the neural activity, which encodes and distributes information, must be stable and function in a coordinated and balanced manner. The various centers within the brain also must be able to dynamically synchronize their activity in order for information to be smoothly processed and perceived. Thus, the concept of coherence is vitally important for understanding optimal function.
The various concepts and measurements embraced under the term coherence have become central to fields as diverse as quantum physics, cosmology, physiology and brain and consciousness research. Coherence has several related definitions, all of which are applicable to the study of human physiology, social interactions and global affairs.
The most common dictionary definition is the quality of being logically integrated, consistent and intelligible, as in a coherent statement. A related meaning is the logical, orderly and aesthetically consistent relationship among parts. Coherence always implies correlations, connectedness, consistency and efficient energy utilization. Thus, coherence refers to wholeness and global order, where the whole is greater than the sum of its individual parts.
Heart coherence (also referred to as cardiac coherence or resonance) can be measured by HRV analysis wherein a person’s heart rhythm pattern becomes more ordered and sine wavelike at a frequency of around 0.1 hertz (10 seconds).
If you are interested to learn more in details, you may like to check it out at HERE.
Heart Coherence And Meditation
I have been in meditation practice regularly since year 2006 after by chance I have my first taste of meditation in year 1995 which was in an irregular basis during that period. You may visit my another blog post HERE if you like to learn more about my meditation journey.
After I have learn about Heart Coherence, I have started to put it into my meditation practice. In my first experience of meditation with heart coherence, I have a wonderful and amazing experience. An experience I have never had before in my past meditation experience.
It is a very wonderful feeling in my heart which I don’t know how should I describe it. It is just for that few moments and I didn’t meditate very long to reach that state. I have actually use HeartMath – Inner Balance Sensor for iOS – Lightning to record my heart coherence state during my meditation.
When I look at my result after my meditation session, I am very surprise that I am on a high heart coherence state. So this can explain why I have such a wonderful meditation experience because I’m on a high heart coherence.
Please refer to the image below for the result of my heart coherence using HeartMath – Inner Balance Sensor for iOS – Lightning to measure during this meditation session. The green color is the high 87% heart coherence.
I am in a good mood and feel good the rest of the day after my this heart coherence meditation experience. I can feel my body feel light. When we are in stress, we usually feel heavy because our body muscles are all tense up which make us have a heavy feel when we are in stress. But when we are relaxed, in a good and happy mood, you will notice you feel light. So heart coherence do have it benefits to the body and mind.
And there are different level of heart coherence which I will share more with more experience next times…:-)
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