📷: the fabulous Kevin Toukoumidis @ dSPACE Studio
“I would love to live like a river flows,
carried by the surprise of its own unfolding.”
~ John O’Donohue
How To Practice Heart Coherence:
Shift and Lift
Thank you. Last week’s newsletter about “closure” was challenging to write, and I’m so glad I went there. What you shared with me as a result? Wow. I am grateful for every follow up conversation, and I appreciate your courage to connect.
So many of you spoke about a song, a smell, a seemingly innocuous moment that brings in a wave of unexpected pain. The kind that almost takes you out at the knees.
It seems that grief hiding in plain sight is quite universal. I see this as another good reason why we should be kind to our fellow travelers. You just never know what is happening for the person behind you in the checkout line, and kindness always goes a long way.
As temperatures increase, and construction begins, and more and more people make their way to the beaches and the lakeshore . . . this is a wonderful moment to pause and fortify our own toolkit. Because, let’s be honest; most days we are not simply floating around on flamingos. 😉
Today, I want to talk about Heart Coherence. It’s an exciting time to be a yogi because modern medicine, and smart scientists, are providing us with so much data about our bodies and our well-being.
Most of us understand the feeling of being in flow . . . where everything moves a little more easily. We feel calm, present, and connected. Turns out, when we have these feelings, a graph of our heartbeats would look like a beautiful sine wave curve. Gently moving up and down in a gorgeous, symmetrical pattern.
Conversely, when we are agitated, stressed, frustrated, or impatient? Our heart graph would look completely different. Jagged. Irregular. All out of sorts.
Our heart rhythm has huge impact on our emotional flexibility, our social connectedness, and our cognitive functionality.
And, guess what? We can learn to regulate our own heart rate variability. That’s right! We can practice bringing ourselves into coherence. We can learn how to shift into that beautiful place of flow.
Even better? It’s free, it takes only a few minutes, and every single one of us can do it. Simple as 1. 2. 3.
I learned the “Shift and Lift” technique from Rollin McCraty, PhD, at the HeartMath Institute.
The HeartMath Institute has been “developing reliable, scientifically validated tools that help people reduce and avoid stress while experiencing increased peace, satisfaction and self-security” since 1991. I’m super thankful for the work they do.
For this technique, you can sit, and find stillness, and close your eyes.
But, that’s not necessary. Your eyes can be open. You can use this while in conversation, or in a meeting, or whenever things are going a little sideways or getting a little tense.
Please join me; it’s time to Shift and Lift:
Remember, this can be used when tension is building. Or frustration. Or impatience.
This technique is effective in business, relationships, family . . . it can even be done in advance. I find that fascinating, and I can’t wait to put it into practice. You can send out heart energy to the upcoming meetings and interactions that you know will be happening in your day. You can consciously seed this type of raised vibration.
Here’s to having a heart coherent day, everyday.
~ m ♥️
Time To Kick-Start Summer!
Memorial Day weekend is here, and for those of us in the charming villages of Saugatuck & Douglas, it’s the unofficial start to summer season . . . signifying all sorts of shifts.
My outdoor teaching kicked off this week in the most glorious of ways: a private on the lower deck at Lake Shore Resort. Full sun, bright blue sky, birds singing, Lake Michigan super calm, like glass, and four amazing humans. Yes, please.
You’ll find sign-up links for two special offerings in June at the bottom of this letter. I hope you can join me! 🥰
“If you are seeking a time when you will be finished,
you will never be done”
~ Tibetan Saying
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