What is Heart Coherence?
What does it mean to tune into your heart?
I found it really hard when I first started practising meditations that invited me to ‘tune into your heart.’ Like what is supposed to happen? What am I supposed to feel? I really didn't know what I was looking for and kept wondering what is this heart feeling everyone was talking about. And then suddenly, it clicked without me even noticing. At one point, I stopped asking and started feeling and before I knew it, I got really good at raising that feeling of love in my heart.
Now if you are curious about the logic (as much as one can try), keep reading as I’ll try to simplify what I learned. First and foremost, the most important fact is that according to the HeartMath Institute, the heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body, with an electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) that is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG). Given all the thinking we do all day, one would have guessed the brain had a higher electromagnetic field, yet the heart generates more energy.
Heart coherence is a state of physiological and emotional alignment that can be reached through various practices, including yoga and meditation. This idea has been popularised by Dr Joe Dispenza and the HeartMath Institute, who has conducted extensive research on the benefits of heart coherence for overall health and well-being.
"This type of coherent energy that the heart and the brain produce raises our consciousness and moves us closer to the present moment. And since consciousness is awareness and awareness is paying attention, and paying attention is being present and noticing, we can feel safe to create from the unknown." Dr Joe Dispenza