Valentine’s Day may have come and gone for another year, but that’s no reason to shift our focus from that life-giving organ, the heart. There’s never been a more important time for us to connect our bodies with what we think and how we feel. We’re learning each day just how much our physical, mental, social and emotional elements are linked; that when one is out of alignment, the rest can suffer as a result.
To that end, we’ve curated two heart-themed pieces of content for you to watch and read at your leisure.
First up, we love The Heartmath Solution – a book that’s been around for more than 20 years, but is still trending on all kinds of book lists. If you’re looking for something to read, or if you’re a leader of people, there’s something really important you can learn here about the physical responses that transpire when we find ourselves in stressful situations. The authors write about the heart having its own intelligence, which affects our mental and physical health, and how our reactions to certain emotions can lead to an imbalance. The book offers scientifically validated strategies to strengthen the heart and brain connection and, as a result, regulate stress and anxiety and generally improve our health.
Our second recommendation is this TED Talk by heart specialist Dr Sandeep Jauhar. In it, he shares his learnings from the past 20 years about the connection between our heart and our emotions, exploring how intense emotional disturbance can cause illness, or even death. He highlights one particular medical condition that’s triggered by acute stress or grief (such as the death of a loved one), which can actually change the shape of our hearts! Fascinating stuff.
A common theme between both the book and the video is that there’s a lot more going on in our hearts than we’re probably aware of. As Dr Jauhar points out in his TED Talk: “The emotional heart intersects with its biological counterpart in surprising and mysterious ways.”
– The Coach Place Global
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