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The heart-focused
breathing method
by HeartMath is
a technique that focuses
on the heart, the
area of our being that
emanates the most
powerful energy field
from our bodies (even
more powerful than
the energy field of the
brain). The technique
promotes a sense of
wellbeing and coming
back to one's centre.
Practised regularly, it
will calm the nervous
system and unify your
physical, mental and
emotional being.
Place one or both
hands over your heart
and breathe in deeply
- think of yourself
breathing in through
the heart. Do the same
thing as you breathe
out. Try to breathe a
little more deeply than
normal (HeartMath
recommends you
breathe in for about 5-6
seconds and breathe out
for 5-6 seconds. But if
this is uncomfortable or
not possible, then do it
at your own pace).
Establish your own
natural rhythm. Your
breathing should be
smooth, unforced and
pleasant. Do this
for about 5 minutes. As
you practise, you
will be able to continue
for longer. It can
be beneficial at the
beginning and/or end of
the day. You can also do
it at any time when you
notice you have been
triggered into a stress
response - there is no
more important time for
a few minutes of heartfocused breathing.


SCIENCE: Studies
show that a positive
environment, such
as a tidy house,
can actually boost
your immunity and
physical health.

day science begins to study non-physical
phenomena, it will make more progress in
one decade than in all the previous centuries of
its existence. To understand the true nature
of the universe, one must think in terms of
energy, frequency and vibration.' 

This groundbreaking way of looking at the
universe extends right into our daily life and
the way our bodies function. For example, it
has been found there is far more to the heart
than its ability to pump life-giving oxygenated,
nutrient-rich blood around the body.
Through new imaging technology, the
heart has been found to generate the largest

electromagnetic field in the body. Incredibly,
this field can be measured up to several feet
outside of the body and also between two
people standing near to each other. Therefore,
the energy emitted from the human heart
has a direct impact on its surroundings and
those in close proximity.
Scientists at California's HeartMath Institute
have been studying this electromagnetic field
for two decades and have pioneering evidence
the field contains 'emotional information'.
When we feel compassion, love and
understanding, the heart 'beats out' a
very different message. Indeed, the energy
field emitted by the heart communicates

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extensively with the brain and body. The
heart has a system of neurons, with both
short- and long-term memory, that send
signals to the brain, which in turn affects
our emotional experience.
These signals, or 'intelligence' as the
HeartMath Institute calls it, are intimately
involved in how we think, feel and respond to
the world. From this, researchers have gone
on to demonstrate how positive emotions
create physiological benefits in the body,
while negative emotions do the opposite.
You can boost your immune system, for
example, by conjuring up positive emotions,
and you can work with the heart itself to
change or manage your response to a stressful
experience (see panel, left).
One thing's for sure, across physics, biology,
chemistry and psychology, we've entered a
new era of not just discovering the magnitude
of the mind-body connection, but realising
how we can empower ourselves from within to
determine our health and wellbeing.
It's revolutionary, though speak to a monk,
yogi or dedicated meditator, and they'll
probably give you a knowing smile. B


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