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Wisdom 2.0: The Rise of Compassionate Mindfulness = Heartfulness

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Wisdom 2.0: The Rise of Compassionate Mindfulness = Heartfulness

Last month, I had the honor of presenting with Arianna Huffington at Wisdom 2.0, a fascinating annual conference of some of the most innovative and caring minds and organizational leaders I’ve met. The mission of the conference is to address the challenge of not only living connected to one another through technology, but doing so in ways that benefit our own well-being, make us more effective at work and in the world.

Speakers included tech executives from LinkedIn, Google, Facebook and Twitter and mindfulness luminaries like Jon Kabat Zinn, Marianne Williamson and Jack Kornfield. I was delighted to discover that many in this eclectic array of speakers are realizing mindfulness heart qualities need to be brought into the workplace and into our daily lives. The high-tech world, the government and big business are starting to acknowledge that humans have a heart and it’s more than just a means to pump blood. There is actually a movement afoot. For example, Jeff Weiner, the CEO of LinkedIn, talked about managing compassionately, and that his personal vision statement is to expand the world’s collective wisdom and compassion.

What HeartMath contributes to this important conversation about mindfulness as a lifestyle is the powerful addition of shifting from head to heart. So often when we talk about mindfulness, which starts with self-awareness of thoughts and feelings and holding attitudes of loving kindness, we don’t always acknowledge that involves the heart.

How does the heart relate to mindfulness? Mindfulness is about being present to what you’re feeling, thinking and sensing. Connecting to our hearts enables Heart and Mind graphicus to be in “the heart of the moment” and if you don’t want to get hooked into those thoughts and feelings, you let them pass through. Our research at the Institute of HeartMath confirms that attuning to the heart can enhance mindfulness practice.

At HeartMath, we train people to first get into heart coherence – generating a stable, sine-wavelike pattern in one’s heart rhythms. When the heart rhythm is coherent, the body, including the brain/mind and nervous system synchronize to the heart’s coherent rhythm and we gain greater mental clarity and intuitive discernment, which improves our decision-making. You lose coherence when you’re not present. Some mindfulness practitioners have reported how HeartMath’s Inner Balance and emWave heart coherence technology signals you when your mind starts to wander or go into a story and helps you maintain attention to the present.

Coming up – Quick Coherence Technique

Free webinar, The Inside Story of Being a HeartMath Trainer, Click to learn more or Register. The institute’s training programs, developed over more than 20 years, are having a dynamic and transformative influence on schools and universities, nonprofits organizations, communities and service agencies.

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Deborah Rozman, Ph.D., is President and CEO of the for-profit Quantum Intech Inc (dba HeartMath Inc.) Deborah has been deeply committed to awareness development and personal growth for 40 years. Deborah is co-author with Doc Childre of Transforming Anger, Transforming Stress, Transforming Anxiety, Transforming Depression and Stopping Emotional Eating.

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7:38PM PDT on Jul 17, 2013

If we had to walk a mile in the other guy's shoes, reality would quickly set in. Too simple a concept for today's intelligencia?

8:00AM PDT on Jun 21, 2013

Considering we are all parts of the one whole family of man, about time we revisit, rethink, adjust and rebirth as to what's important. Look in the mirror, what do you see? Like it? We are all products of our personal choices ... if you like what you see, stay with it and expand ... if you don't, do something about it.

The good news is that each day brings endless possibilities -- don't waste it.

2:26AM PDT on Jun 17, 2013

Thank you :)

8:05PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

tyvm...

8:05PM PDT on Jun 16, 2013

Quite interesting. Thanks!

8:09AM PDT on Jun 12, 2013

informative

11:27PM PDT on May 21, 2013

noted

12:16AM PDT on May 21, 2013

interesting, thanks for sharing

4:03AM PDT on May 20, 2013

Thanks

2:01AM PDT on May 17, 2013

At yoga it is amazing how the instructor can say breathe and I along with many others will do just that. I read the word and I breathe. Stress goes away when I am reminded to do a simple thing that should come naturally. Perhaps I should have the word 'breathe' mixed in with my IPOD music it would be so much more calming than it already is.

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