Syrian Refugees Find Ease Amid Chaos
The following article is about the compassionate care Majd Kam-Almaz and his staff are providing to Syrian refugees in Lebanon. More than 1 million Syrian men, women and children have fled to Lebanon alone in the last five years. Continue reading
Making Life’s Deepest Connection
When a grandmother opens the door and is surprised to find her grandkids standing on her doorstep, all eyes fill with love and light. It reminds us of the timeless, heartfelt connections possible in human relationships.
When human beings connect in this way, it is a form of what is called social coherence, one of the deepest resonate emotions we can feel.
There are times in each of our lives when we are likely to experience such strong, unconditional connections. It may happen with loved ones, friends or in a meeting at which everyone shares similar interests and objectives. When people, especially groups of people are able to get in sync, or on the same wavelength, everyone who is present feels it. Continue reading
Love as an Advanced Mode of Intelligence
What is love? It is a question sure to elicit a great many responses. Simply defined, love is an affection, attraction, admiration or other strong, positive feeling for another person, thing or idea. From a metaphysical or philosophical perspective, love is more of a complex interweaving of many emotions, behaviors and intangibles whose origin, influence and potential has been food for thought over thousands of years and likely will be for thousands more to come. Continue reading
“It is remarkable how closely the history of the apple tree is connected with that of man.” –Henry David Thoreau
A Field View of Reality to Explain Human Interconnectedness
Is it true the physical world we see with our eyes is the essence or nature of reality? For much of human history, this is what scientists and most people around the world have believed.
More recently, however, another view of reality has emerged, one the authors of HeartMath’s new e-book, the Science of Interconnectivity, † contrast with the historic view.
“Classical physics conceived of reality as elementary building blocks made up of solid objects, separated by empty space,” the authors explain. “This view continues to be most people’s view of reality, including scientists.” Continue reading
When the Heart Leads to Wise Reasoning
Would it surprise you to know that a recent study proposes that wisdom, or good judgment is not exclusively a function of your brain, but also of your heart?
More precisely, “wise reasoning,” the study’s authors say, is closely dependent upon what scientists refer to as heart rate variability as well as an ego-decentered mind. Both are key determinants of wiser, less-biased judgment. Continue reading
Inner Dignity: Yours to Nurture
A water carrier in a desert land who is always pleasant and never brash; a working mother who never complains. What is it in our makeup that drives us to persevere in virtually any circumstance? What makes us get up, dust ourselves off and move forward regardless of failure, disappointment and a host of other emotions that might seem to otherwise drag us down? It’s our inner dignity that is the primary motivator for these self-empowered actions. Continue reading
Police Officers: In Search of Coherence and Resilience
Editor’s note: Police departments nationwide and abroad face closer scrutiny in the wake of highly publicized officer-involved shootings. This article looks at efforts to study the effects of and implement coherence and resilience training designed to lower stress levels among police officers and improve our communities.
We often hear about the anxious, fearful and angry reactions of people to violent and tragic events, whether it is in their own communities or distant places. This has been especially evident in the last few years as large groups of people have turned their anger, fear and grief on law enforcement in response to police officer-involved shootings. Continue reading
Smart Brain Wise Heart™ e-Learning Program for Boys & Girls Clubs
We are excited to introduce our new social and emotional Smart Brain Wise Heart™ e-Learning Program for Boys & Girls Clubs, ages 8- to 12-year-olds.
The primary goal of this program is to have participating youth learn self-regulation skills and improve their focus, motivation and decision-making. Smart Brain Wise Heart (SBWH) introduces tools and strategies for youth to learn how to respond to stress in positive ways. Continue reading
Be Generous, Do for Others: You’ll Be Happier
Will acts of kindness and generosity make us happier? Do heart-directed altruistic acts depend on the sincere intention behind them? When we act on behalf of other people, research shows we feel better and experience less stress. Continue reading
Two 2015 pilot studies conducted independently in neighboring European nations shared similar objectives and reached similar conclusions about the potential benefits of cardiac coherence training for two populations of mentally disabled patients. One of the studies used HeartMath emotion self-regulation techniques as a primary intervention. Continue reading