What does HeartMath mean by the term, Heart-based living?
First, consider that for some people, the mind controls much of their lives, despite the intuitive nudging they constantly receive from the heart. The mind dictates their understanding, actions, reactions and decisions, based largely on learned response patterns, which seem to have a lock on their lives.
Time and again, the heart seeks to intervene, to offer advice – but quite often the mind overrides that advice.
We see this in the way some individuals treat or act around others, expecting the stereotypes they have created through their own or others’ past experience, despite what their hearts are telling them.
We see it in relationships that falter because one individual “has been there before and doesn’t want to be hurt again,” despite a strong feeling to listen to the heart and not the head.
And we see it in persons whose habitual response to stressful situations is intense anger, despite knowing in their hearts that their behavior is destructive to themselves and their loved ones.
All of these are examples of a failure at critical moments to rely on or connect with the qualities of the heart: compassion, love, care and courage among many others, all of which are at the core of heart-based living.
HeartMath founder Doc Childre explains: “Heart-based living refers to all intentions and actions that express qualities of the heart in daily life. These heart qualities can include things like appreciating or caring for others, expressing kindness to those around you and giving back by volunteering to work with others to relieve suffering in humans or animals and to help the planet.”
Throughout history, people have said to follow your heart. “Why?” Childre asks. “Because people instinctively know that their heart’s intuition yields the highest outcome – often at the expense of the mind’s opinions, preferences and habits.”
“Heart-based living is about including your heart’s intuition as you navigate through life’s relationships and events. This brings balance to your mind and emotions and unfolds your authentic self.”– Doc Childre, founder of HeartMath
“Becoming your real self,” he wrote in the article, Heart-Based Living, “involves removing self-centeredness and separation through the practice of being nonjudgmental and forgiving, being responsible for your own energy and expressing more love and appreciation.
“Heart-based living empowers co-creation with others for the benefit of all. In the planetary shift going on, more people living from the heart can create rapid, positive global change.”
You can learn more about the power and intelligence of the intuitive heart and the HeartMath Institute’s two decades of research on stress, emotions and the heart in the fascinating e-Booklet, The Science of the Heart.