Mind Power Issue #20
Issue #20 – Monday, July 18th, 2016
Did you know that you’re better off if the time between your heart beats varies – what’s called heart rate variability, or HRV.
Your HRV is a direct measurement of the health of your nervous system, and your level of…
…emotional resilience – how well you deal with difficult people and situations, without skipping a beat (geez, unintended bad pun).
Today’s issue is all about HRV (and how to improve yours)…
Fight stress and anxiety by increasing
your HRV and cardiac coherence.
by Bill Harris
You’ve probably heard me talk about Heart Rate Variability (HRV) before. If you haven’t, HRV is the naturally occurring variability in the interval between the beats of your heart.
If every beat is exactly 1 second apart, you have no heart-rate variability. But if the time between beats is slightly different, and keeps changing, you have a higher HRV.
And, contrary to what you might think…
regular heart beat is NOT good.
But, you don’t want the variations in your heart rate to be random. You want your heart rate to increase and decrease gradually.
In the diagram below, the red pattern is chaotic (what you don’t want), and the blue pattern shows cardiac coherence (what you DO want).
If your heart rate gradually increases and decreases, (following the sine wave pattern shown above in blue), you have high cardiac coherence.
A coherent HRV pattern is associated with a calm nervous system. In other words, HRV is a measure of your capacity to regulate your emotional responses and recover more easily from difficult life events. Cardiac coherence increases when your brain and autonomic nervous system are synchronized.
The state associated with a coherent HRV pattern is similar to that of a flow state: you’re calm and emotionally balanced yet alert and responsive.
Negative emotional states such as sadness, stress, anxiety, and anger make HRV patterns more chaotic. A chaotic HRV pattern has a negative impact on brain function, dampening cognitive abilities and making emotional regulation difficult. In other words…
A more coherent HRV pattern reduces negative emotions (sadness, stress, anxiety, anger, fear) and increases positive emotions (joy, gratitude, love, compassion, peace, harmony).
We cannot control the outside world, but we do have some control over our internal state. And, our internal state has a huge impact on how we perceive and respond to the outside world.
Increasing your cardiac coherence is one of many ways to increase the control you have over your internal state.
There’s a strong connection between breathing and HRV.
When you breathe in, your heart rate speeds up. Breathing in stimulates your sympathetic nervous system…
Then, when you breathe out, your heart rate slows. Breathing out stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, the source of what Harvard researcher Dr. Herbert Benson called “the relaxation response”.
HRV, then, is an interplay between these two systems. As I said, HRV is a measure of your capacity to regulate your emotional responses…
HRV measurement is really what I’ve referred to in my books and the Centerpointe support materials…
When you’re over your threshold, fight or flight takes over and you feel stressed.
When you’re under your threshold, you feel good and you easily handle whatever is going on around you.
And, I’m proud to say that HRV scientists have determined that Holosync greatly increases HRV, which raises that threshold, as well as creating many other positive emotional and physical health improvements.
If you want to find out more about HRV and how increasing it can improve your life, watch the video in today’s “Check it Out”.
Check it Out!
Though you may have never heard of HRV, it’s incredibly important to your health and, if you’re using Holosync (or considering using it)…
Please watch it!
Here’s something I’ve noticed: smart people ask questions.
Smart people love to learn, and they’re humble when they don’t know something. They don’t care if people know they don’t know.
Some people, on the other hand, are more interested in looking good, so they won’t reveal they don’t know something (then they never learn). These people have a lot more trouble learning.
Every time something comes up that you don’t know…
You’ll learn a lot.
“Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.”
~ Mark Twain
“I’ve been a meditator for over 25 years and for the last few years I’ve had a dreadful sinking feeling that no matter how dedicated I may be, I will probably NOT reach my goal in this lifetime: good meditations and occasional breakthroughs were interspersed by months (often) of tedious un-happening meditations.
What a joy it is now to press “PLAY” and experience blissful meditations — I cannot thank you enough for this technology! The thought crossed my mind that it’s like spending 25 years tied to the kitchen sink and suddenly I have a dishwasher — WOW!”
~ Wendy Vasicek, Perth, WA, Australia
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