I like to call the heart the organ of perception for warmth and positive emotions. Think about it…when we experience love, gratitude, care, compassion, appreciation we feel it in the heart and it’s usually accompanied by a sense of warmth. Science is now discovering that there is more to this experience than just that warm fuzzy feeling.
One organization, The HeartMath Institute, has been dedicated to studying the nature of the heart and how it communicates with the brain and affects the rest of the physiology. One major discovery they have made is that the heart sends more information to the brain than any other organ in the body. Not only that but if the heart cultivates and has a sustained experience of a positive feeling like gratitude it can bring an individual into a state of coherence. Coherence is when the heart, emotions, and mind are all aligned and in sync with each other. Once this happens the glandular and immune systems also sync up and the body is in a highly energy efficient state. Cortisol, our stress hormone, is modulated and DHEA, our youth hormone, is increased. (Learn more about our upcoming Heart Coherence Circle here).
But that’s not all. Once we are in a state of coherence we build something called resilience, which is our ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from stress, challenge, and adversity. In my experience as a HeartMath Mentor, I find resilience is something each and every one of us needs more of to navigate the stress of the modern world.
When we cultivate a sustained experience of positive emotions the brain begins to bow to the heart and we become more capable of listening to our heart for guidance.
That being said, I have been listening deeply to my heart lately and I’ve come to a new awareness over the past several months. I had been experiencing a disconnect with my first name as it’s the name of my father who I haven’t had a relationship with for a decade now and it just didn’t seem to fit anymore.
Then one day someone who is dear to me said “I think your name is Judah.” Those words resounded in my being. I have had a deep connection to the line of Judah…Solomon, King David, Christ, the Conquering Lion of the Tribe of Judah…my entire adult life.
Then in the span of 2 months, I had two profound dreams about the name, one of which woke me out of a deep sleep when I heard a voice say, “Your name is Judah!” So, I’ve decided to listen to my heart and my dreams and change my name to Judah. So, if you’ve known me as Ron we’ll patiently make this transition together.
Take some time each day to honor your heart with positive feelings, and if you need some guidance call the office and make an appointment with me for a Heart Coherence session.
“There is a light that shines beyond all things on earth,
beyond us all, beyond the heavens,
beyond the very highest heavens.
This is the radiant light that shines in the heart of man.”
~ Chandogya Upanishad