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Wisdom 2.0: The Rise of Compassionate Mindfulness = Heartfulness

Women in front of a long road

Although the heart and mind are in constant communication, we can intentionally align heart, mind and emotions with our spirit (higher self, higher intelligence, etc.) to increase self-awareness. When we experience sincere positive emotions, such as loving kindness, compassion or gratitude, the heart’s rhythm becomes more coherent and harmonious. The heart’s rhythm affects the brain and the entire body neurologically, biochemically, biophysically and energetically. You can learn to shift into this state of heart to bring your mind and emotions into harmonious alignment and have more access to intuitive discernment often in less than a minute. It can take a little practice to do this on demand, but it gets easier and quicker the more you do it.

Here is how to get started in adding more heartfulness to your practice, using an adaptation of our Quick Coherence Technique:

  • Shift your attention to the area of your heart.
  • Imagine your breath passing in and out through your heart area or the center of your chest as you slowly inhale and exhale.
  • Breathe in an attitude of calm and balance as if you were taking in an emotional tonic that takes off the rough edges. You can also try breathing in a feeling of loving kindness, gratitude or compassion – or whatever attitude you find most soothing.
  • If you had been experiencing any tension or stress, you may feel former uncomfortable physical sensations replaced by comforting, relaxed ones.

In this state of heart coherence, you are now ready for your mindfulness or other meditation practice. I’ve found connecting with my heart in this way really helps me quiet my mind quicker than just observing it.

As I shared HeartMath’s discoveries at Wisdom 2.0 on stage, many people in the audience looked inspired. Geshe Thupten Jinpa, the Dalai Lama’s chief English translator of his books, seemed to be relating to everything I was saying as his head was bobbing up and down throughout my talk. And when I shared an old Indian saying, “The longest journey a man (or woman) will ever take is the journey from head to heart,” the whole audience nodded. Whatever wisdom practices the people in the audience used, there was a common feeling and understanding that the heart is where we are all going. So why not start there?

Mindfulness has been a mainstay of monasteries and esoteric schools for eons. What I think is happening now is its emergence into the mainstream, as regular people, leaders and organizations wake up to its incredible benefits for work, life, health, profitability and sustainability. My hope is that this quickening interest continues to recognize heart-based understanding and heartfulness as central to mindfulness.

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, from HeartMath

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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