is available online at http://www.WantToKnow.info/071106heartmathchanges "HeartMath’s research shows that
emotions work much faster, and are more powerful, than thoughts. And
that—when it comes to the human body—the heart is much more important
the brain to overall health and well-being—even cognitive function—than
anyone but poets believed. Briefly re-experiencing a cherished memory
creates synchronization in your heart rhythm in mere seconds. Through its
research, the Institute of HeartMath proves that health starts with
Magazine, June 2005 Issue
Dear friends, The Institute
of HeartMath (http://www.heartmath.org) has
conducted extensive research showing that good health starts with
love, and that love can reduce stress.
Simple, quick exercises
re-imagining a cherished memory can significantly improve your health
done on a regular basis. With a client list which now includes such
companies as Hewlett Packard, Shell, Unilever, Cisco Systems, and
the HeartMath Institute has developed a powerful track record in
and employees to decrease stress and increase joy in their lives and
space of less than 15 years, the HeartMath Institute has published a
body of scientific research in established and respected publications
as the Harvard Business Review and the American Journal of
highly recommend the HeartMath exercises and a visit to their
The below, highly inspirational article on HeartMath was published in
excellent magazine, Ode
issue of Ode
is filled with stories which deeply inspire and
As stated in the below article, may we all remember that we can
world, starting with ourselves.
love and best wishes,
Fred Burks for the inspiring and educational PEERS websites
http://www.odemagazine.com/doc/24/a_change_of_heart_changes_everything A change of heart changes everything
This article appeared in Ode issue: 24, June 2005 A
institute demonstrates how people can actually make their heart beat
healthier way. Through its research, the Institute of HeartMath
that health starts with love, and that love can reduce stress. It
method that is used by hundreds of thousands of people worldwide and
than 100 organizations—from global corporations to hospitals to
agencies and schools. This simple method is changing the world. A
Boulder Creek, California.
is love, sang John Lennon.
True, according to most people.
The only challenge: how do you create love?
simple answer was found to that question in the redwood forests of
Creek, California, south of San Francisco. Since 1991, the Institute
has generated a large body of convincing scientific evidence that it
possible to create love. HeartMath’s research shows that emotions
much faster, and are more powerful, than thoughts. And that—when it
to the human body—the heart is much more important than the brain to
health and well-being—even cognitive function—than anyone but poets
Its dominance inside the body is now clearly demonstrated. Thinking
with your brain is useful. But feeling positively from your heart
an amazing boost to health and creativity. Briefly
re-experiencing a cherished memory creates synchronization in your
in mere seconds.
This increases the release of healthy,
while at the same time decreasing levels of damaging stress hormones,
same time your immune system is strengthened, blood pressure
health and focus increase. Using a simple prescription that consists
a number of exercises that anyone can do anywhere in a few
are coming shortly—HeartMath is successfully battling the greatest
to health, happiness and peace in this world: stress.
the plague of our time, an epidemic that is spreading rapidly. The
Organization (WHO) raised the alarm 20 years ago, but things have
worse. Every day some one million Americans fail to come to work due
The European Union estimated in 2000 that the annual price tag of
in the form of healthcare costs and lost productivity, amounts to
to four percent of the EU’s gross domestic product. Stress is one of
important causes of high blood pressure, which afflicts one in three
in Europe and North America and is the cause of many serious
as heart disease and stroke. Stress also lies at the basis of
news is that the negative effects of stress can be effectively
easily than people might imagine.
This leads to better
every aspect of life. It is therefore a smart strategy for every
to tackle this source of excessive costs and human strain,” according
president and CEO Bruce Cryer.
has now permeated many companies and institutions. Managers are sent
seminars. Yoga lessons are offered at company headquarters. And there
even companies that encourage their employees to take vacations. But
measures aren’t very effective as long as stress continues to
corporate culture. The sense of relief from a yoga lesson or a
the beach is often lost during the first chat with a frustrated
at the coffee machine. A successful anti-stress strategy provides
precisely at the moment the stress is experienced. This is what
does, which is why its client list now includes such leading
Hewlett Packard, Shell, Unilever, Cisco Systems, and Boeing.
was established in 1991 by Doc Lew Childre. Childre had made a name
as a researcher and advisor to companies and scientific institutions.
the founding of HeartMath, he embarked on his mission to demonstrate
the heart was central to human health, success and fulfillment.While HeartMath’s
techniques emphasize the importance of emotional self-management,
is no new age phenomenon. It is a research institute that in the
nearly 15 years has published a large body of scientific research in
and respected publications such as the Harvard Business Review and
Journal of Cardiology.
publications support HeartMath’s central
aim of presenting revolutionary scientific discoveries in a solid,
proof” way. It has demonstrated significant cost savings for
struggling with staff turnover, and has shown significant health
in an array of studies covering congestive heart failure, diabetes,
and hypertension. As Cryer says, “HeartMath is not based simply on
There are proven physiological reactions in how emotion, heart and
In other words: HeartMath’s work is kept scrupulously free of the
potential for opportunism.
given that financing and survival issues have presented tricky
for the organization through the years. HeartMath’s location reflects
cautious strategy. The institute is located in a group of buildings
retreat-like setting in Boulder Creek, a town that is nearly
find among the tall trees of the ancient Californian forests. Stress
Creek have little to do with one another, I realize, following a
the pouring rain. And yet the decision to locate HeartMath here was
odd. Forty-five minutes down the road is a well-known hotbed of this
plague:” Silicon Valley.
Rollin McCraty is in his office—a simple study with a huge window
out over a wooded slope—working on one of HeartMath’s latest
a computer-driven experiment that shows how the heart reacts more
to external stimuli than the brain. HeartMath programs utilize
an innovative biofeedback system—developed by founder Doc
your finger or ear is hooked up to a sensor that shows the heart’s
on a computer screen.
The feedback is not a precondition for the
of the HeartMath exercises, but seeing your heart rhythms live on a
screen makes it easier to convince critics of the favourable effect
internal feelings using modern instruments is not new in itself. For
with the help of the electroencephalogram (EEG), it has been proven
yogis produce completely different brain waves than—say—stock traders
Street. But HeartMath’s heart-driven method extends much further than
through meditation. McCraty notes, “Meditation is mainly geared
consciously separating yourself from the reality around you. That has
different physical consequences than our approach, which is geared
actively adding positive energy to a particular situation.”
the heart’s reaction to particular events, HeartMath uses a
concept—one that is currently a hot item in mainstream medicine—as an
of a healthily functioning body: heart rate variability (HRV).
10 years ago by Dr Andrew Armour of Dalhouse University in Halifax,
showed that the heart has its own neural network—in essence, a
HRV—the rhythm of the time period between two heartbeats—plays a key
in that network. It has now been demonstrated that the heart sends
to the brain and the hormonal system via nerves which carry the heart
patterns. It doesn’t matter so much how many times a heart beats per
it’s the rhythm of the heartbeat that counts.
and HeartMath’s research team have discovered that certain patterns
heart rhythm correspond to a particular emotional state. McCraty
“With every heartbeat, information is supplied that affects our
our physical health and the quality of our lives.” This means thatfeelings
of compassion, love, care and appreciation produce a smoothly
calls it “coherent”—heart rhythm, while feelings of anger,
and danger emit a jagged and capricious—”incoherent”—image.
more than a statistical difference. HeartMath’s research shows that a
heart rhythm leads to other chemical and electrical—even
in the body. Simply
put: when people experience love, they not only feel happy and
they also produce, for example, more DHEA, the hormone that prevents
and gives us feelings of youthful vitality.
Not surprisingly, a
form of the hormone is currently sold in pill form at drugstores and
food stores. At the same time, the production of damaging stress
like cortisol is reduced. High levels of cortisol have been
Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression and fatigue.
a “loving body” absorbs less cholesterol, thereby preventing arteries
clogging while boosting production of immunoglobulin A, an important
that boosts immune function. In addition, blood pressure stabilizes.
links this effect to problems many organizations face: “There is a
between healthcare costs and blood pressure levels. When your blood
falls, so do visits to the doctor…” And so HeartMath concludes that
both an emotional and a physical state: positive feelings—like
health. The reverse is also true. Someone who is angry produces less
and more cortisol. And so on. HeartMath’s slogan—a change of heart
everything—pretty much sums it up.
you “change your heart?” According to HeartMath research, it is much
than it looks. McCraty says, “If you consciously shift your attention
a positive emotion, like appreciation or care, or if you allow your
to return to the feeling of a cherished memory, your heart rhythm
immediately.” This phenomenon continues to astonish the some 25,000
who attend HeartMath courses each year. Initially, HeartMath utilized
medical equipment to measure and display the heart rhythm. But since
HeartMath has offered a “do-it-yourself” equivalent: the
award-winning computer program with an innovative sensor that anyone
in their computer at home or at work. So far, HeartMath has sold more
30,000 of these systems.
time I start up the Freeze-Framer at home and attach the sensor to my
a freakish pattern appears on my computer screen. My heart rhythm
is all wild peaks and valleys or—in HeartMath jargon—an “incoherent
I then perform my prescribed exercise. I shift my thoughts to the
my heart, I visualize that I’m breathing in through my heart and out
my solar plexus (the energy point under the breastbone, above the
I remember a sweet memory with my daughter. I feel the warmth of our
at that moment … and I see the graph on the computer screen change.
which I’ve only been doing for a couple of minutes, is quick and
The volatile peaks change into rolling hills on my screen. My
rhythm has synchronized into a coherent rhythm. And what I can’t see
line of the graph, but know—from HeartMath research—is that my body
functioning in a more healthy and wholesome way.
is convincing. A group of managers from Motorola attended a HeartMath
and were tested six months later on the results of their daily
One-quarter of the managers had high blood pressure at the start of
After six months, they all had normal blood pressure levels. In
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