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Inner Balance, if purchased from IHM, includes free e-music from HeartMath’s acclaimed CD Quiet Joy!
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The Science Behind Inner Balance
HeartMath research has demonstrated that different patterns of heart activity (which accompany different emotional states) have distinct effects on cognitive and emotional function. During stress and negative emotions, when the heart rhythm pattern is erratic and disordered, the corresponding pattern of neural signals traveling from the heart to the brain inhibits higher cognitive functions. This limits our ability to think clearly, remember, learn, reason, and make effective decisions. (This helps explain why we may often act impulsively and unwisely when we’re under stress.) The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect—it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.
Nearly two decades of research by the Institute of HeartMath, along with independent and collaborative studies related to HeartMath techniques, technology and programs are available to the public on this site.
IHM has formed partnerships with major universities, medical institutions and in the scientific and educational communities to conduct its research and to compile and publish its findings. HeartMath’s researchers and staff have collaborated with neurocardiologists, psychologists, physicians, professors, physicists and many other research professionals.