How different would your life be if you could intentionally shift yourself out of tension and anxiety into a relaxed, clear-minded state in just thirty seconds?
A couple of weeks ago, I got on a conference call about an investment opportunity in my company, HeartMath. The consultant on the call, who had been a CFO of two public companies, said it had been a strained morning for him. “I really need to chill,” he admitted at the start of our call, so I offered to guide him virtually through our Heart-Focused Breathing© technique as a way to help him de-stress. He agreed.
“Focus your attention on the area of your heart,” I said. “Let go of whatever you’ve been thinking or doing. Pretend your breath is flowing in through the area of your heart and out through the area of your heart.” I began to feel him settle down into breathing slowly and easily. After a pause, I continued: “Now, focus on someone or something in your life you really appreciate and feel gratitude for while continuing Heart-Focused Breathing©.” Some 15 seconds later, he said, “Wow, I feel so different. This stuff really works.” My investment advisor, who’s been working with HeartMath for nearly a decade, was also on the line. She’d heard similar stories before, but this was the first time she’d witnessed a senior executive in her own field make such an immediate change. She was so astonished at the impact that, at our next in-person meeting, she said, “If that technique can do that for him, this can change the world!” She’s since become an even bigger believer and evangelist of our work.
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