By Sara Childre, HeartMath
My adventure of nourishment started with studying nutrition and becoming a vegetarian back in the early ‘70s in North Carolina when I started a health food restaurant. At that time, not too many people in North Carolina knew much about health foods. I next ventured into being the manager of two privately owned health food stores and studied all aspects of healthy eating and dietary supplements. As I continued to nourish my body I felt I needed something more. Thus, I began my journey of nourishing my heart.
For the past 30 years, I have explored the intelligence of the heart and self-empowerment, discovering which attitudes and perspectives are empowering, leading to balance and fulfillment and which are depleting and stressful. An “Ah ha!” moment was when I truly realized that stress occurred from my perceptions of events and my emotional responses to those perceptions, not from the actual events themselves. Another person can have a completely different perception and response to the issue that was causing me stress.
I began to see that it was my choice in how I would respond to situations. My heart guided me to use HeartMath tools and techniques to learn how to take my perceptions and reactions to a more neutral state and perceive situations through my the heart’s intuitive guidance — leading me to broader perspectives and much less stress. Nourishing the heart — my physical, emotional, mental and spiritual heart — helped me nourish my wholeness.
In this column, which we have named Nourishing the Heart, Deborah Rozman from HeartMath and I will share with you simple ways to nourish your heart with tips and tools to de-stress from the heart and to enhance your well-being, heart-healthy recipes, heart quotes, videos and more. I will also share some of the scientific research on the link between stress and the heart.
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