Heart Rules The Brain – And Not The Other Way Around
Heart over brain’ or `brain over heart’?
From childhood, we’re taught that brain should always rule the heart because the brain is the centre of intelligence, logic and clear thinking.
Scientific researches that have been going on over the last 40 years or so, have proved beyond doubt that the heart is an intelligent source that in fact is sending more signals to the brain than the other way round.
And these heart signals don’t merely influence emotion-led decisions either. They affect our solution-finding skills, focusing skills and memory retention skills among many others.
Their influence is all-pervading, which is why understanding the heart-brain connection and enhancing its performance through I AM and other positive mindfulness practices are so crucial for a balanced, peaceful and productive life.
But that’s not all.
During modern neurocardiology studies, scientists have discovered that the heart is a much more complex organ that was earlier believed, and has its very own nervous system. It’s functions are so sophisticated that scientists are now calling it `heart-brain’.
“Containing over 40,000 neurons, this `little brain’ gives the heart the ability to independently sense, process information, make decisions, and even to demonstrate a type of learning and memory.” [Source: HeartMath.org]
The HeartMath Institute’s research has shown that generating sustained positive emotions facilitates a body-wide shift to a specific, scientifically measurable state. This state is termed “psychophysiological coherence”, because it is characterized by increased order and harmony in both our psychological (mental and emotional) and physiological (bodily) processes.
Tending to the heart-brain connection, and replacing negative belief systems with positive, emotion-led inspirations therefore is the simplest and most holistic prescription for a balanced and rewarding life.
At HeartLove.org, our mission is to use this scientific knowledge to raise awareness about enhancing the heart-brain connection in children. As little adults-in-the-making and future guardians of the planet, children need to develop a strong heart-brain guidance system to maintain internal coherence and equilibrium, and achieve their highest goals.
And to do that, we have documented a variety of proven heart-brain practices that are easy enough for children to understand, and so deeply therapeutic in their scope that even adults can benefit from practicing them with their children.