Written by Jean Wible
February is full of hearts. We celebrate love, how it makes us feel, our heart center. But did you know that science bears out the power of love and the benefits it brings to us? Did you know that the heart is our most powerful and unique organ?
The heart is a specialized muscle that contracts rhythmically to circulate blood. It is a cardiovascular organ. New research has now also classified the heart as an endocrine organ. It secretes its own hormones and neurotransmitters that regulates its own rhythm, affects kidney output and regulates blood pressure. These secretions affect the brain to send out other neurotransmitters to change the chemistry and functioning of the whole body. It has also been classified as a nervous system organ, having more nerve cells that are highly specialized and are called “the little brain”. The heart actually tells the brain what to do more than the brain tells the heart.
So it is now known that the heart is part of multiple systems in the body and is much more than a muscle. The real marvel of the heart is shown in research of Heart Rate Variability and the connection it has to our emotions. Heart Rate Variability is the almost unmeasurable variations in time between heart beats. These are the miniscule variations in the space of time between the heart beats we feel and measure when we take a pulse. When these variations are more regular, with less variation, it is called coherence. When they are more irregular and variable it is called chaotic. While physical exertion or rest changes the pulse or heart beat rhythm, it is emotions that affect Heart Rate Variability in every minute of our days and this affects our entire body and state of being for better or worse.
Joy, contentment, pleasure and especially love, will bring more coherence, open and expand the energy field of the heart and bring the whole body into a healthier state of well being physically. We can use this knowledge daily by consciously taking moments throughout the day to focus on love. It takes 10 seconds of focus to change the body’s entire chemistry for the better. (Think of how quickly your whole being changes when you come into a room and your young grandchild or child runs to you calling your name in joy). We can practice this not just in February but throughout our lives and protect our heart health using its own power. Spend moments opening the heart energy, feeling joy and pleasure and love by focusing on special people, pets, places, or nature with love and we can improve our overall health and our heart health. The heart is truly a powerful thing. Use it every day! Use the power of love!
The Gift of Health Resources
Great book on heart health available at Barnes and Noble, on Amazon etc.:
“THE PAUSE: To Relax Ladies, For Robust Heart Health:
A Guidebook for Smart Heart Choices for Life”
by Linda Penkala, LMT