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HeartMath as Scientific Meditation Method in Dialogue with Theological Phenomena

    • Published: 2021
    • Stephen D. Edwards, Ph.D., D.Ed.1
    • Copyright © 2021 Stephen David Edwards. ISSN: 2393-1744, vol. 7, issue 2 (May 2021): pp. 23-34. DOI: http://www.dx.doi.org/10.51917/dialogo.2021.7.2.1.1. Professor Emeritus at the Psychology Department; University of Zululand, Richards Bay, South Africa.
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Abstract

The HeartMath Institute originated in 1991 through Doc Childre’s vision of promoting heart intelligence and health. The HeartMath system is an interdisciplinary undertaking, which bridges natural, human, social, spiritual, and ecological sciences, with the goal of promoting personal, social, and global coherence. The general goal of this paper is to introduce HeartMath as a coherent scientific approach to dialogue theological information, as well as a specific meditation method to explore theological phenomena. The particular aim is to contribute a theoretical and practically orientated pilot study with heuristic phenomenological reflection on personal experience of HeartMath theory, practice, meditation, related action, and reports in the form of scientific articles. This study is directly relevant to the DIALOGO conference theme of dialogue between science and theology. Methodology concerns the theoretical and practical value of HeartMath meditation methods as described with examples from HeartMath Global Coherence (GC) and Inner Balance (IB) apps. There are five GC reflective meditations on the theme of science and theology, complemented by five IB purely contemplative meditations. The reflective and discursive focus of the paper is on the monitoring of meditation sessions related to science and theology. The specific focus is on HeartMath techniques, electronic devices, and the planetary health potential of the Global Coherence Initiative.