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Stop Stress, and Give from the Heart

Happy Women

Don’t let your Inner Scrooge short-change what should be one of the happiest times of the year. Make an inner decision – a heart commitment – that you’re going to do things differently this year. When you know you need to re-center to get back in the holiday spirit and be able to give from a genuine heart, try this:

  • Step 1 – Use HeartMath’s Quick Coherence ® technique. When you get to Step 3, continue to breathe through the area of your heart.
  • Step 2 – As you do so, recall a time when you felt good inside. This could be a feeling of appreciation or care toward a special person or a pet, a place you enjoyed, or an activity that was fun. Allow yourself to feel this good feeling of appreciation or care. If you can’t feel anything, it’s okay. Just have an attitude of appreciation, care, compassion or other positive attitude.
  • Step 3 – Once you’ve shifted to a positive feeling or attitude, try to sustain the attitude by sending or radiating feelings of appreciation or care to yourself and others. This benefits them and especially helps recharge and balance your own system. You can also send care and heart energy to the planet and to your highest intentions.man and women relaxing in front of a fireplace

If you take nothing else from this article, decide that you’re not going to do anything this holiday season unless you’re in your heart.

Then you can see the possibilities and your energy isn’t scattered. Life becomes more intuitive and you become a gift to yourself and those around you. Make it a practice to add a little of your spirit of the heart wherever you go – your holiday gift to the world.

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By Sara Childre and Deborah Rozman

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Sara, from Institute of HeartMath

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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8:27PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

other things when you control yourself you can means control yours from your heart so you stoped stress well

8:25PM PST on Dec 22, 2012

i thank that someone when they have in good mood so they have no more stress

3:03AM PST on Dec 21, 2012

Had never heard of HeartMath so was interested to read about their techniques. Really enjoyed the article also - thanks!

10:56PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

thank you for brining us back to basics.

10:19PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thanks for the share!

1:57PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thx

1:57PM PST on Dec 19, 2012

Thx

9:39AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

As the prayer says "Grant me the wisdom to know the difference" between what I can change and what I can't. Along with mental stress, other types of stress add to our TOTAL stress load. We often have more control over our chemical stress, physical stress and thermal stress through diet, exercise, chiropractic, massage and education. See: www.chirokelley.com/blog.html

8:46AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Sweet article, thanks

5:15AM PST on Dec 18, 2012

Thanks

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