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Let the Wisdom of Your Heart Guide You

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Let the Wisdom of Your Heart Guide You

When I was a practicing psychologist, sometimes when Iíd be working with a client who was confused about an issue or decision, Iíd ask, ďWhat would your heart say?Ē I often adapted a gestalt technique using two chairs. When the client was sitting in one chair, I asked them to speak from their heart and talk to their mind sitting over there in the other chair. Then Iíd have them switch chairs and speak from their head, talking to their heart, telling their heart the mindís views and concerns. It was like two different people talking. The heart spoke from genuine feeling and authenticity, in the present. The mind spoke from opinions, fears, shoulds and shouldníts. I had them switch chairs several times, until they had an epiphany. Very often the client would realize their heartís voice was their true self, a voice that offered both more intuition and common sense intelligence.

This is no coincidence. Whatís really fascinating is that the heart contains a little brain in its own right. Yes, the human heart, in addition to its other functions, actually possesses a heart-brain composed of about 40,000 neurons that can sense, feel, learn and remember. The heart brain sends messages to the head brain about how the body feels and more. When I first heard about this scientific research, it intuitively made sense. I had felt for a long time that the heart has its own mysterious way of knowing.

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Deborah, from HeartMath

Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the for-profit Quantum Intech Inc (dba HeartMath Inc.) Deborah has been deeply committed to awareness development and personal growth for 40 years. Deborah is co-author with Doc Childre of Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, Transforming Depression and Stopping Emotional Eating.

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6:30AM PDT on Apr 3, 2013

interesting

6:28PM PST on Feb 24, 2013

thank you

10:35AM PST on Feb 16, 2013

Heart Coherence info is very interesting. Pyschiatrist David Schezchen's book "Healing Without Freud Or Prozac" has a chapter or two on this method.

4:58PM PST on Feb 15, 2013

Oh the heart.

7:50AM PST on Feb 15, 2013

This explains my lovelife....thanks.

12:27PM PST on Feb 14, 2013

Wow, it's good to know. I've heard around too, people talking about the heart brain.

4:09AM PST on Feb 14, 2013

thanks!!! let the heart do the talking: I like that;)

5:05PM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Thank you.

8:48AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Paying attention to what our own body "tells" us is natural and does not introduce "toxins" into the process.

7:23AM PST on Feb 13, 2013

Good read.

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