The Institute of HearthMath says:
you know neurocardiologists and many other scientists believe the
heart, which constantly shares information with the brain, has a brain
of its own?
We now know that the heart sends much more information to the
brain than it receives, including signals that can influence perception,
emotional experience and higher mental processes.
Dr. J. Andrew Armour introduced the term, "heart brain," in 1991. Armour showed that the heart’s complex nervous system qualified it as a "little brain."
Science of the Heart,
a signature Institute of HeartMath (IHM) work, explains that the heart
brain, like the brain proper, has an intricate network of several types
of neurons, neurotransmitters, proteins and support cells. It can act
independently to learn, remember, feel and sense.
One of the key discoveries IHM researchers made about the heart brain, which it also calls the intelligent heart,
is intentionally experiencing emotions can change the information the
heart sends to the brain. Institute of HeartMath studies have shown
emotions such as compassion, care and love or generally positive feeling
states actually can benefit you in many ways.
For example, in one IHM study, hundreds of participants were
asked to intentionally feel positive emotions. The result was that their
heart rhythms became smoother and more stable, particularly after
having felt a negative emotion.
Smooth and stable heart rhythms are signs of coherence,
a psychophysiological state in which our mental perception, intuitive
awareness and performance in a range of activities improve.
Click here to view fascinating images of the heart-brain.
Learn more about the "little brain" in the heart, heart-brain
interactions and how coherence leads to improved personal performance,
health and well-being in the Science of the Heart online e-book.
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