I’ve been reading a fascinating book called The HeartMath Solution, by Doc Childre and Howard Martin of The HeartMath Institute (www.heartmath.org – a nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to heart-based living). By that – i.e. heart-based living – they mean “people relying on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds to conduct their lives at home, school, work and play.”
The Institute has found that the heart has its own intelligence and by learning to listen to and follow our heart intelligence, we create a ‘coherence’ with our brain, resulting in greater, clarity, creativity, and richer emotional experiences.
The Institute offers a number of techniques to create and enhance that heart-brain coherence. When we apply them, we are able to deepen our heart qualities of wisdom, compassion, strength and joy and increase our intuitive, creative and heart-centered aspects.
More importantly, because the heart’s wisdom is so quickly accessible, it saves a great deal of agonizing and analyzing, cutting through quickly to the ‘heart’ of the matter. We often recognize this ‘heart intelligence’ as intuition. What HeartMath does is scientifically explain how this works and how one can actively engage the wisdom of the heart.
This week, I paid attention to the wisdom/knowledge in my own heart, by not stressing over something I would have stressed over in the past, ‘knowing’ somewhere deep inside, that the cause of what would have resulted in my being stressed was going to evaporate. And it did. As a result, I saved myself agonizing and a ton of what would have been unnecessary work. I intend to tap into this more often!
- Are you aware of listening to the wisdom in your heart?
- What happens when you do?
- What happens when you don’t?
- What would it be like to choose to pay attention to what your heart knows? What would it give you?
- How would your leadership be enhanced by paying attention to your heart intelligence?