Heart Coherence

heart coherence

Heart Coherence

This is a cut from a video on Youtube on Heart Coherence. Find the whole (very good) video here.

Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. who is the director of research at the Heartmath Institute discusses heart coherence with respect to its relationship to the brain. He discusses the concept of heart rate variability (HRV) as a window into the communication between the heart and brain. Unlike the constant beat count of heart rate, HRV measures the changing intervals between heartbeats, revealing the heart’s rhythm. A consistent beat, like a metronome, is highlighted as an indicator of potential detrimental health issues. The variation in heartbeat intervals is important for assessing health and resilience.

Further, the text explores how HRV reflects our emotional states through different patterns of heart rhythms. Emotions such as frustration, anxiety, and impatience can lead to chaotic or incoherent heart rhythm patterns, which can be distinguished from one another with a significant degree of accuracy (75%). These incoherent patterns are linked to cortical inhibition, affecting the brain’s global synchronization, particularly through the thalamus, and can lead to impulsive actions.

Conversely, positive emotions like appreciation, gratitude, compassion, kindness, and love induce a state of heart coherence, characterized by ordered, wave-like heart rhythm patterns. This coherence has a beneficial effect on the brain, enhancing cognitive functions, decision-making, reaction times, and coordination by aiding the thalamus in synchronizing the brain’s electrical activity.