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What is Heart Intelligence?

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What is Heart Intelligence?

Throughout much of recorded history, in the writings and oral traditions of many diverse cultures, people strongly believed in an intelligent heart. As a child, I often was told to go your heart for the answer and listen to your heart. When I did, I often found insight or clarity on a problem I was facing. In Sunday school, teachers talked about the “still, small voice in the heart” and it made sense to me. They never said the “still, small voice in the head,” which often for me was a voice of self-doubt.

As I grew older, I adopted views about intelligence that I learned in school: that the ability to learn, understand, reason, and apply knowledge was a function of the brain in the head. It never occurred to me that the intuitive sense or clarity I gained by listening to my heart had anything to do with my physical heart. So when I read about research into “heart intelligence” I was fascinated.

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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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5:16AM PDT on Aug 20, 2012

The holistic form of Chinese Medicine, many centuries ago, regarded the heart as the "brain" of the system. The "Shen" (spirit) resides in the heart, the conciousness and all mental functions are housed here including memory, and the heart is closely connected to our psychological and emotional state. Western Medicine has much to learn and is only now slowly catching up with what this ancient practice knew over 2,000 years ago. How beneficial it would be for western medicine to acknowledge the tremendous part other medicines havey in maintaining our health, and guiding current practice, rather than ignoring them or sidelining them to "alternative" and then claiming their discoveries as "new"!

11:28PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

interesting. I was expecting an article about emotional IQ. This was better.

8:12PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Yes, believe in the power of the heart. Those who do chakra meditation and healing firmly believe in the power of the heart. From our hearts , we send out love and compassion, learn to let life flow, we express, we articulate what is in our hearts. Our voice is calm when in sync with the heart, but when agitated, voices are raised as the heart beats faster and faster.

8:12PM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

Yes, believe in the power of the heart. Those who do chakra meditation and healing firmly believe in the power of the heart. From our hearts , we send out love and compassion, learn to let life flow, we express, we articulate what is in our hearts. Our voice is calm when in sync with the heart, but when agitated, voices are raised as the heart beats faster and faster.

12:24AM PDT on Aug 10, 2012

It's good to hear that organisations are open-minded enough to research the intelligence of our hearts.

5:28PM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

fascinating

6:21AM PDT on Aug 9, 2012

Thank you.

1:05PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thanx.

12:38PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

I've always followed my heart but sometimes have trouble controlling my emotions. Every time I listen to my heart things turn out beautifully and easily.

For those of you who are protecting your heart by putting up a barrier, are missing out on a very healthy and exciting way to look at things & live.

Whenever I get caught up with too much fuss and worry with my brain...I try to calm myself & go back to listening to my heart. Our heads can carry us into negative places, tell us to turn the wrong way, get us into trouble by saying things we later regret & so on & so on.

Thank god for the intelligent heart!

12:28PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

thank you

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