Rejuvenation of the Heart Center
Consider the heart for a moment. It is central to our bodies, pumping oxygen-rich blood and nutrients back and forth between our organs, keeping them alive. Weighing around 10 ounces or less and encompassing roughly the size of your fist, it’s a remarkable organ capable of amazing feats on a daily basis.
When we consider our emotional state, we typically make mention of the heart, or the heart center, because the heart is considered to be the center of our body, the center of our being, and the center of our conscious experience as human beings.
Why is that, though?
Science tells us that human consciousness mostly takes place in the brain, but when we express feelings of love, tenderness, or heartbreak - those feelings are seldom identified with our brain. More often, they are associated with our heart.
Now research is beginning to show that the heart may also play a significant role in mental, emotional, and even physical processes.
HeartMath Institute Director of Research Rollin McCraty writes,
“the heart is a sensory organ and acts as a sophisticated information encoding and
processing center that enables it to learn, remember, and make independent
He explains that the heart generates its own electromagnetic field, just as the brain does, and it’s a roughly 60 times greater amplitude than brain waves, measurable several feet away from a person’s body.
In a study entitled The Electricity of Touch: Detection and Measurement of Cardiac Energy Exchange Between Peoples, research discovered that when people touch or are in close proximity to each other, the electromagnetic energy produced by the heart can be transferred between the individuals.
While further research is ongoing and not yet complete, these preliminary findings may help explain the measurable, notable effects of healing modalities like therapeutic touch, massage, and reiki, which incorporate a transference of energy to aid healing.
In the postpartum period (or any time we are alive), when so much of our energy has been (and continues to be) depleted through the birthing and caring of a new life, it’s so important to remember the heart center, to focus on refilling that energetic source in order that it may remain plentiful and flowing.
We can renew our heart center by inviting loving influences into our space, to surround and uplift us. We can open and nourish our heart center through yoga, deep breathing, meditation, and music. We can heal the heart center with didgeridoo, vibrational cleansing, and chakra clearing.
We can also support the heart center by holding on to things we love as human beings. Sometimes loving and cherishing a new baby is more than enough to keep the wellspring of heart energy flowing. Often times, it is not, and that is perfectly fine. Becoming a mother should not erase the woman within. If there is something that brings joy and peace, and maintains balance to the heart center, space must be made to keep that thing within the realm of consciousness.
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