The following information about emwave is from the Heartmath folks and summarizes perfectly what I work to teach my domestic violence and anger management clients, using the Heartmath or emwave tool.
I like to demonstrate with the emwave or the handheld unit about how coherence can be attended to while leading a workshop.
I get myself into coherence while I am hooked up to the ear connector usually, and once I am coherent, or showing a lot of the green color, I hold up the unit and let them see how I can sustain a coherent physiology while working, and if I do move to an incoherent physiology, I am quickly aware of it, and can move back into the green symbol of coherence without missing a beat as I lead the workshop.
So I am demonstrating that it is very possible to manage your physiology while doing something very stressful.
A coherent physiology, a cooperative and affiliative physiology is available on demand with a bit of attention on my part.
I like to explain that with the level of awareness that comes with the Heartmath process, you can learn to change your physiology "in a heart beat."
"Recent research in the neurosciences has significantly broadened our understanding of the workings of the emotional system, as well as its extensive interactions with cognitive function. We now know that emotional processes profoundly affect the frontal cortex, which is responsible for such executive functions as discrimination of appropriate behaviors, abstract thinking and problem-solving.
A key to optimal health and vitality is directly related to our ability to self-regulate our emotional experience. Simply put, the emotions we tend to label “negative” disrupt optimal physiological and mental functions.
Conversely, the emotions we label “positive” facilitate a wide range of physiological functions, renew our energy, and optimize the body’s natural regenerative processes.
This is supported by research on the physiological correlates of positive emotions. This has led to the characterization of a distinctive mode of functioning known as psychophysiological coherence, or, simply, heart coherence — a state qualitatively different than relaxation.
HeartMath Interventions provides a set of tools, protocols, and the emWave technologies that make it easier for students and adults to make positive emotional and attitudinal shifts that induce the coherence state. This process helps clients recognize that habitual emotional patterns either deplete or renew their physical, mental and emotional resources.
By learning how to create and sustain a positive emotional shift, individuals initiate a physiological re-patterning process whereby stressful emotional patterns are replaced with new, healthier patterns that improve emotional resilience and decision making and establish physiological efficiency as a new familiar baseline."
Reference to recent discoveries in neuroscience is very interesting to me.
One of the most interesting discoveries in neuroscience for this 61 year old brain is the discovery that our brains grow new brain cells every day.
Maybe I do not have to be resigned to slowly losing my cognitive faculties to age and alzheimers.
By the way, the growth of new brain cells is called neurogenesis and another recently discovered capacity of our brains, how they rewire and reconnect rapidly, called neuroplasticity, are very exciting for me. Neuroplasticity happens when I challenge my brain with novel learning experiences.
It simply means that the potential for positive change is always there.
If you have been following the brain fitness uproar which has been gathering steam for the last year or so, then you are familiar with what is being written about enhancing neurogenesis and neuroplasticity by taking care of the pillars of brainfitness, which are physical activity/exercise, nutrition, sleep, stress management, and novel learning experience.
One of the leaders in the field of brain fitness evangelism, Alvaro Fernandez, co-creator of the SharpBrains blog, rates the emwave (hand held or P.C. versions) as the number one stress management tool on the market.
I know that ever since I got the P.C. version in 2001, and had my first real 'Aha" when I hit the very pleasant coherent physiology, I sure felt good, so I practice it frequently now, and since the brain in my heart has learned to do this for me when I create my cue thought, I can have this pleasant feeling on demand.
When I was beginning my personal growth journey, a wise person told me that when I was feeling resentful or afraid or sad, that I should remember the phrase "gratitude is the attitude" when I was ready to feel better. That phrase has helped me feel better tens of thousands of times.
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