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Heartmath Solution: The Institute of HeartMath's Revolutionary Program for Engaging the Power of the Heart's Intelligence Audio, Cassette – Abridged, April 7, 1999
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The HeartMath Solution may easily be written off as a book too eccentric for widespread public consumption, and that's unfortunate. The title's a bit misleading--it's not about cardiac care and it's not about calculus, but rather how 30 years of research have shown that the heart's "intelligence" affects emotions and physical health--especially when it comes to handling stress--and specifically what you can do to balance heart rhythms, reduce stress hormones, and boost your immune system. Yes, it sounds complicated, especially when you read that cardiologists worked with physicists and psychiatrists to develop the HeartMath program. But it's worth brushing off your skepticism and exploring the concepts in the Solution, as many employees of Fortune 500 companies have already done.
The "intelligence" that the authors focus on refers to both the heart's "brain," or the 40,000 neurons found in the heart (the same number in the brain itself), and the intuitive signals the heart sends, including feelings of love, happiness, care, and appreciation. When such positive emotions are felt, they "not only change patterns of activity in the nervous system; they also reduce the production of the stress hormone cortisol." When there's less cortisol, there's more DHEA, the so-called fountain of youth hormone known to have anti-aging effects on many of the body's systems.
The HeartMath Solution outlines 10 steps for harnessing the power of the heart's intelligence, including ways to manage your emotions and keep energy levels high. One of the most important is the "Freeze-Frame" technique for calming the nervous system, improving clarity of thought and perception, and boosting productivity (which is one of the many appealing features for those Fortune 500 companies). Each step includes references to data proving its effectiveness, with handy summaries of the key points to remember at the end of each chapter. This is a book that takes a bit of scientific understanding and a lot of time to wade through, but one that could help you prevent stress from ruling your existence. --Erica Jorgensen --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
From Publishers Weekly
Is the heart the missing link in the mind-body connection? By combining age-old philosophy with modern science, Childre and MartinArespectively the founder and an executive consultant of the California nonprofit research organization, Institute of HeartMathAmake a compelling case for the idea that good health is really a triumph of heart, not mind, over matter. Citing the Institute's research on the heart's role in human health, they demonstrate that the so-called metaphorical condition of the heartAwhich has long been associated with love, wisdom, courage and happinessAmay play as important a role in mental well-being as its physical function. The HeartMath solution lies in developing what Childre and Martin call the core heart feelings (such as love, forgiveness, appreciation and care), which trigger physiological responses resulting in less stress, better brain function and a stronger immune system. Although this book is about the heart, it's written with cool intelligence and intelligibility for the head. Despite slightly off-putting names (Freeze-Frame, Cut-Thru and Lock-In), the relaxation exercises, which are being taught at corporations and at schools, are simple to do, although perhaps already too familiar to anyone who has tried other kinds of meditative techniques. Nevertheless, in presenting a clear argument for following one's heart, this book certainly breaks new ground in the holistic approach to health. Author tour.
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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A doctor recommend this boo and it is a great read.
Freeze frame is a simple exercise to learn and extremely helpful.
Concise information and an easy read.
Techniques to control emotions and assist with pain management really work
Good for stress reduction, personal health and slowing down
Breathing into the heart and from the heart
A very practical guide to living, healing your own body and increasing your creativity
Although simple, it does take some getting used to doing.
Learn about the role of your heart in your own wellness
I can't begin to give enough information about the benefits of these books and the emawave 2, the model I have.
I can watch my heart beat, like an EEG, on my computer screen. It shows the degree of coherence between the heart and the brain. It's similar to biofeedback, but much more. The more compliance, the better then brain functions. The best analogy is a 3 legged race. If you work in synchronization, you can do it. If not, you'll never be your best.
I can take the little gadget with me anywhere. I just put my thumb on it. The color of the light lets me know my level of coherence.
There are many activities that are fun, as well as the basic monitors. It will keep records on your computer, if you use the computer program.
Don't freak about the price. Watch for used ones. My emwave 2 is perfect and was less than $100 (on Amazon). Even at full price, what would it cost to buy a biofeedback machine that's better than a mood ring?
Here's some of the sources for my decision to buy all this.
PBS has a show about it. http://www.pbs.org/bodyandsoul/203/heartmath.htm
Amazon customers recommend it,
an independent review
http://www.pulsemassagers.com/2013/11/30/review-heartmath-emwave-stress-relief-system/ (I have an older device than this, but it seems basically the same and I have never had any of the problems a few have mentioned.)
Dr. Oz used one on his show. He didn't say anything about it, but I saw it in his hand as he explained what he was doing.
With this much evidence, I ordered the book. wow. Now I think I have all the books and booklets by this author. I have learned so much about myself by looking outside the "western medicine" box.
It fits congruently with many other beliefs about mind and body, and not what you read from the AMA. The AMA doesn't make money from healthy people. Some alternative ideas help you get and stay healthier, both medically and emotionally. The authors make money selling books that will help you. You just need an open mind. .
Check things out, don't just do/swallow everything someone recommends.
I'm often a skeptic--but this passed all my "tests".
I have so many new insights from his writing.
Having read and researched his books I recommend them 100%.