Valentine’s day is this month, it can be a wonderful opportunity to express love and affection toward the people you love, or it can be a difficult time. Sometimes, this day can evoke much sadness. It is all part of this human experience to love, fall in love, and unfortunately, we can also experience heartbreak.
It’s no wonder heartbreak can have such an impact on our lives. The fact is, the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. The role of the heart as it evokes emotions is now scientifically proven to have more significance than the brain. This research is being conducted at the Heart Math Institute and the implications for this research are enormous for those of us in the helping professions.
According to the Heart Math Institute, “The heart’s input to the brain during stressful or negative emotions also has a profound effect on the brain’s emotional processes—actually serving to reinforce the emotional experience of stress.
In contrast, the more ordered and stable pattern of the heart’s input to the brain during positive emotional states has the opposite effect – it facilitates cognitive function and reinforces positive feelings and emotional stability. This means that learning to generate increased heart rhythm coherence, by sustaining positive emotions, not only benefits the entire body, but also profoundly affects how we perceive, think, feel, and perform.”
It points back to the benefits of positive thinking, now, science is actually backing up the power behind positive thoughts. Generating heart coherence through sustaining positive emotions can actually affect the way we react. In other words, the measurable frequency relayed from the heart to the brain when incoherence (positive thoughts), can actually affect and mend the perceived negative emotions all of us have, and it’s all about frequency.
According to scientists at Heart Math, the human heart’s magnetic field can be measured several feet away from the body. Magnetic fields are real, they exist in a frequency that is quantifiable. In essence, emotions can be measured as a frequency, similar to radio waves.
So, what does this have to do with mental health? Here’s a revelation from 2 seasoned psychotherapists, does talk therapy, which involves processing negative (past) emotions over and over again until they are released, help to alleviate the intensity of the emotional past negative experiences, or are we therapists, actually reinforcing the emotional response of stress? Why then wouldn’t we therapists spend more time focused on the power behind the heart? In our society, we have historically placed more emphasis on intellect (brain centered) than on emotions (heart-centered). Which is actually short-sighted now that scientists have measured that the heart’s frequency is more powerful than the brain’s. The organ, the heart, has a powerful impact on our mental health and general well- being.
This is what we had to ask ourselves when exposed to the understandings of brain and heart wave frequencies and how they affect our thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. When we realized the importance of these frequencies and its influence, we had to reevaluate the way we practiced talk therapy.
Do we have all of the answers, certainly not, but science is making great strides in understanding the role emotions play in our lives. It has been said throughout history that all humans react out of love or fear. If these emotions dictate the way in which we live our lives, then certainly an understanding of these emotions from a perspective of frequency is worth exploring.