Heart Intelligence At Your Service
Heart Intelligence Research
“Heart intelligence research suggests that the heart plays an important role in decisions, action, and orchestrating different goals. In this post, I introduce the concept of HEART, one of the 4 Doors to Power in the Trident Exercise for Activating Your Intention. I hope you find these facts as fascinating as I do.”
Sophia McCoy, founder of Moving Intentions.
The heart has more influence on the brain than many realize. The workings of your heart make a difference and can help you find a path through a complex situation. Put simply, here are some findings from the research on heart intelligence assembled by the HeartMath Institute.¹ Do these facts change the way you think about your heart?
The heart starts beating in the unborn fetus before the brain has been formed.
There is constant two-way communication between the heart and the brain.
The heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart.
The heart sends signals to the brain, which help inform our choices.
The heart helps synchronize many systems in the body so that they can function in harmony with one another.
The heart signals especially affect the brain centers involved in strategic thinking, reaction times, and self-regulation.
Does this give you some idea of the emerging recognition of the importance of the heart in our behavior?
Heart / Brain Balance
I like to take these facts on heart research and see how they might be useful to people working together on projects, especially those that involve volunteers.
Research on heart intelligence is of interest to visionary leaders, volunteer managers, and volunteers in 2 ways.
1. The heart is shown to be active in strategic thinking and self-regulation.
2. At its most basic level, the heart helps to synchronize how the organs of the body function together.
The heart may serve as more than a metaphor for sensing how individuals can work in harmony with members of their work group. Deborah Rozman writes, "Heart intelligence provides the mind with a bigger picture that allows it to consider what is best for oneself while being more inclusive of the wholeness." (p.36)
One of the goals of the Trident Exercise for Activating Your Intention is for participants to consider what is best for themselves while holding the possibility of the well-being of others. In the Trident Exercise, there is a posture that links your intention to the power of heart intelligence.
Want to try it for yourself? Get started with Sophia McCoy's Trident Power Exercise. Click the button below to watch “The Trident Exercise” now.
¹Deborah Rozman. "Attributes of Heart Intelligence" in Heart Intelligence by Doc Childre, Howard Martin, Deborah Rozman and Rollin McCraty. Waterfront Press: http://www.waterfrontdigitalpress.com, 2016, p. 30.