“If you practice willingness, acceptance and love, you too will be transformed” Dr Marsha Linehan, Founder of DBT
HEART EVOLUTION AND RELATIONAL THERAPY
The path is from your head to your heart. It is the shortest path you will ever take, but you will walk it all your life.”
FROM MINDFULNESS TO HEARTFULNESS
Based on research from the emerging field of neurocardiology, the heart plays a significant role in the way we experience emotions and make decisions. Electrically 60 times more powerful than the brain and 5000 times more powerful magnetically, with a network of 40,000 neurons, the ‘brain’ in the heart is becoming recognised as heart intelligence.
Science is now providing evidence that not only does the heart regulate immunity, it stores information and communicates with other hearts. A sensory organ, the heart processes information independently of the brain. Moreover, it influences the higher brain functions of perception and emotional processing.
In the words of David Bohm, quantum physicist and protege of Einstein, “When this level of intelligence arises [heart], it takes out the dysfunction of the mind in an instant.”
We know that how we feel affects our bodies and health. Heart awareness or ‘heartfulness’ is a systematic method to regulate emotions through entrainment to the heart’s rhythm, reducing stress and increasing efficiency and peak performance. The heart’s electromagnetic field carries information for the entire body, interacting with organs and systems like the autonomic nervous system and the hormonal system.
In Asian languages, the word for ‘mind’ and the word for ‘heart’ are the same. So if you’re not hearing mindfulness in some deep way as heartfulness, you’re not really understanding it. Compassion and kindness towards oneself are intrinsically woven into it. You could think of mindfulness as wise and affectionate attention. Jon Kabat-Zinn
We also know that self-care is vital for ourselves and our clients. Besides a foundational practice for the practitioner, it is also an effective evidence-based treatment for anxiety, depression, PTSD and addictive behaviour. www.heartmath.com
Following in the footsteps of mindfulness-based cognitive therapy, ACT and DBT with its ‘radical acceptance’ stance, HEARTherapy is both a strategy and an orientation. Paying attention through the heart naturally brings a balanced and benevolent worldview. As with all methodologies, the obstacle is finding the motivation to practice: the bonus how immediately pleasing it is.
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We all have limiting beliefs. Over a lifetime, you have developed a strong mindset of who you think you are, what kind of world you live in and what you can and cannot do.
The processes and practices of HEARTherapy are designed to help you embody a new way of being. This means absorbing it into every cell of your being. One of the truly great joys is to see your limitations transformed, opening the way for so many more exciting possibilities. You will come to know yourself as the alchemist, transforming leaden fear into golden awareness.
“Identify the stories of your psychological self and how these limit you and the way you live your life. This will heal the trance of who you have come to think, feel and believe you are. Like hypnosis, through a slightly altered state, you tap into your latent and untapped ingenuity and potentiality.”