10 Jan Align your mind, heart, and emotions
Sometimes the simplest things can make the biggest difference. I love to use tools that are simple and make a big impact. This tool allows you to easily and quickly align your mind, heart, and emotions.
Having a tool like this can help to calm anxiety, bring yourself back to the here and now, and just generally, make you feel better fast! The best thing is that you don’t need anything other than your own body.
The technical name is Heart Coherence, and it’s been studied extensively by the HeartMath Institute. Coherence is ‘the quality of forming a unified whole’ (Wikipedia).
So what then is heart coherence? It’s when the heart, mind, and emotions are in energetic alignment. I like to think of it like all parts of our body working together. Being in this state builds resiliency, the ability to recover quickly from challenges. We can use our energy more efficiently and we can better focus on our intentions and positive outcomes for situations.
Heart coherence can even help us to feel a positive emotion. Yes, please! I liken it to the feeling from sitting in meditation, but the beauty is that it can be done really quickly and used anywhere, anytime – when driving, in conversation, before a presentation, in the midst of a conflict.
Here’s a quick video if you’d prefer to watch and follow along, or you can read the steps below.
Here are the steps …
1. Start to deepen your breath. Aim for your exhales to be longer than your inhales. (This is in itself relaxing.)
2. After a few breaths, start to focus on the area of your heart and imagine that you can breathe in and out of your heart. If you find it helpful, feel free to put one or both hands over your heart, just to help focus more.
3. After a few more breaths as if you’re breathing in and out of your heart, then begin to bring forward a positive emotion. The easiest way to do this is to think of a certain flower or animal that you love, something that has only positive memories attached to it (which is why it’s not recommended to think of a person). I happen to love roses, so thinking of pink roses, and how they look and imaging that I can smell the rose is helpful. Or I think of dolphins, and how amazing and graceful they are.
4. Start to feel that positive emotion brought forward by what you’re focusing on — maybe it’s a feeling of wonder, joy or gratitude. Focus on that feeling and allow it to spread through your entire body. For me, this is a tingling sensation throughout my body.
That’s it! Stay in this state for as long as you’re able and enjoy the restorative effects! If you want to dive deep into it, I encourage you to check out this link from HeartMath.
Give it a try! It could make a huge difference in your everyday!