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The Power of Community

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Each green heart represents a person

At the Institute of HeartMath (IHM), we cherish community and are committed to nurturing it, strengthening it, and always finding new ways of giving back to it. We believe we can best serve our local and global communities by staying actively involved in them, keeping pace with people’s changing needs and providing services to help people and community organizations navigate these changing times with less stress and more ease.

Learn more about the HeartMath for Communities Project

Part of my job at the Institute is being active in our online communities. I seek to bond not only with those who see the world as I do, but also those with differing viewpoints, so I can learn and grow. Each day, I do a HeartMath technique called “Heart Lock-in®” to connect with my heart’s intuition to find something meaningful to post. This fulfills part of my need to care and make a social connection with another person or a community of persons.

If you haven’t already seen IHM on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or My Kids!, pay me a visit whenever you like. You’ll also find new ideas for living life from the heart, including techniques like Heart Lock-in®, tools, quotes, upcoming events, activities, videos and opportunities for connecting in the heart with people from around the world. Come for the commentary and camaraderie, and join the conversation.

One more thing that means a lot to me which I’d like to share with you is the Community Tracker™ (see image above). It is a web app at that monitors in real time how others in the world are faring. It’s kind of like a stethoscope on the heart of community, assessing how the collective is feeling over the previous 24 hours. The Community Tracker assesses Five Aspects of Well-Being, including physical vitality, emotional vitality and overall well-being. You can track your own moods and see how others are doing on the plotted trend lines. You can see where other “Trackers” reside – in your country, state or perhaps even your city. This helps me feel connected with others. Try it for yourself and see.

This is part two in the series Nourishing the Heart of a Community.

Nourishing the Heart of a Community: Part 1
Why We Need Our Neighbors

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Sara, from the HeartMath Institute

Sara Childre is President and CEO of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath. Since 1991, Sara has helped oversee and develop HeartMath trainings, educational products and scientific programs. She was appointed vice president and CFO of the institute in 1992, then president and CEO in 1998.


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6:53PM PDT on Jul 28, 2011

Thanks to the community and thanks to FOX for realizing this is truly an exceptional young man. Hope he has a HUGE career.

2:33PM PDT on May 24, 2011

James wins and AUTISM really wins with his magnificent voice and drive to overcome. I sure that he will extend his hand and his voice to others less fortunate and share and share and share. I will join some others in not watching any further A.I. shows; because they let a true treasure slip through, but not before he was able to demonstrate his greatness.

8:07AM PDT on May 24, 2011

This is how real changes can be made in this country; all the way from the smallest community to the halls of corporate power.

Shunning all TV and in particular programs such as American Idol, I still must thank you for the premise of this article which is community involvement and support of the individual's efforts regardless of the opinions or choices on a personal level.

It was a heartwarming thing to read this morning.

3:10PM PDT on May 23, 2011

Community building and community development are goals worth striving for. We are meant to live in community not in isolation. Thanks for the post.

11:37AM PDT on May 23, 2011


10:38AM PDT on May 23, 2011

Thank you

10:38AM PDT on May 23, 2011

Thank you

9:26AM PDT on May 23, 2011

This was great

8:33AM PDT on May 23, 2011

thanks for sharing

8:21AM PDT on May 23, 2011


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