Cardiac Coherence or Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is one of the hottest areas of health and biofeedback research! Studies have found that a low Heart Rate Variability (HRV) is the single most important leading-indicator of heart disease.
You know those days when things just seem to flow? Days when you are productive, focused, and in a great mood– WITHOUT even trying?
What if your life could be like that… every single day?
It’s not a dream. It’s called Adaptive Coherence, and it’s a skill anyone can learn in just 20 minutes a day.
Cardiac coherence is a harmonious state where our heart, mind and body are united. Sometimes called The Zone, we feel connected to our deepest selves, to others, and to the earth itself. Heart coherence occurs when our breathing and heart rhythms become entrained and operate at the same frequency.
This is easily done by simply breathing slowly and deeply and rhythmically. As you breathe imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart. As you do this simple relaxation breathing try to add a feeling of gratitude for somebody or something in your life. Hold onto that feeling of appreciation while doing heart-focused breathing. Do this for a few minutes or longer if you can.
Rhythmic breathing causes rhythmic heart rhythms. This is good for your heart! Heart rate slows, blood pressure goes down, emotions calm, and the mind slows.
Our Emotional State
The heart’s rhythm, which is easily measured and graphed by biofeedback devices, is reflective of our emotional state. A chaotic pattern like the one below is oftentimes a reflection of emotional stress and shallow, irregular breathing.
Once one learns to breathe rhythmically and more slowly with a heart-focus, heart rhythms take on a smooth, wavelike pattern as shown below. This pattern reflects positive emotions like gratitude, calmness or optimism. This is called cardiac coherence.
Heart Rate Variability Coherence
All heart rate variability measures come from assessment of the naturally occurring changes in beat-to-beat heart rate. HRV reflects the complex interactions of the heart with multiple body systems. An optimal level of variability is important for flexibility and resilience , which is important to our well-being.
Low HRV is a predictor of health problems including mortality, and psychological issues.
So it is our breath and our heart, which play the central role in creating coherence and positive emotions.
Cardiac coherence is also important in connecting us with our inner guidance system or higher power. We might also call this heart intelligence.
We can practice shifting into a more coherent state at will. This can be practiced through simple breathing practices and can be measured by consumer biofeedback devices. Practicing more coherence will increase your intuitive awareness and shift your perception and even worldview, so that you make better, more intelligent decisions.
This has profound health and wellness benefits in addition to improving your decision-making capacity.
I recommend HeartMath’s emWave products which I’ve used for years. There’s one you can use on your computer which comes with all kinds of games and research you can try while you practice personal coherence. And there’s a handheld PSR (personal stress reliever) which can be taken with you anywhere. Use it during the day anytime to de-stress, prep for important tasks, re-energize, or just slow down. Heartmath has pioneered the study of heart rate variability and heart intelligence.
I also recommend the Wild Divine Relaxing Rhythms. This is a guided training (biofeedback) program that teaches effective breathing and meditation exercises lead by leading experts.
Click here to learn more about the Wild Divine biofeedback devices and games, including:
- Relaxing Rhythms
By artfully combining beautiful biofeedback activities with effective meditation and breathing techniques, Healing Rhythms allows you to transform the rhythms of your mind and heart as you watch them play together on your computer screen.
- The Passage
An enlightening and entertaining multi-media experience. Visit a mythical world of towering palaces, sacred temples, sumptuous gardens and wise mentors where you are challenged to deepen you self-awareness with every step you take.
- Wisdom Quest
Most popularly known for the Game Quest Mode. Travel in search of the 7 precious stones that will restore inner peace, both in the Sun Realm and in yourself. At each point in the game, you will turn inwards to solve the games problems.
If you will practice the simple breathing practices described on this site you will see and feel results immediately.
Heal you whole heart, physically, emotionally, and spiritually by practicing heart coherence today. It’s fun. It’s affordable and easy to learn. Cardiac coherence is one of the best things you can do for your heart.