Must-see video on resilience and HeartMath!

I have talked many times on this blog about the importance of resilience. 

I’d like to share with you a fabulous video created by the HeartMath Institute that takes a closer look  at the inter-connection of body, mind and emotions in  boosting your resilience.

Learn, as the video says, how “you can roll with the punches more easily and flow through challenges like a surfer skillfully riding a big wave.”


Please click on the video below to learn more. (For those who would rather not take the time to view it, I have included below the video link a transcript of all that it has to say).

Here is the transcript:

Most people want to have more energy at the end of the day. How much resilience we have plays a big role in that.

Resilience is commonly thought of as the ability to bounce back after a challenging situation, but a newer and broader definition has emerged.

HeartMath defines resilience as the capacity to prepare for, recover from and adapt in the face of stress, adversity or challenge. When you are resilient, not only can you bounce back faster after challenging situations, but you also have more ability to avoid getting in those situations in the first place. Now, that’s energy efficient!

Being resilient is like having a fully charged inner battery. You have greater capacity and ability to remain calm, think clearly and be in control of your mind and emotions. You can roll with the punches more easily and flow through challenges like a surfer skillfully riding a big wave, rather than getting wiped out. His inner poise and balance help  him succeed.

There are four primary areas of resilience: physical, mental, emotional and spiritual. We expend and and renew energy in each area every day. If we have low energy in one area, it can affect the others.

It is the emotional area where most people drain their inner batteries unnecessarily and waste energy. You can build and sustain your resilience by learning and using energy- management skills. With practice, you’ll increase your resilience and have more energy reserves when you need it most, such as maintaining your cool or ability to focus when too much activity and information is coming your way too fast.

In other words, the greater your resilience capacity, the greater your ability to maintain your composure and stay in charge of your emotions and actions.

A more scientific term for this is self-regulation. As it turns out, there’s a direct connection between what the heart is doing and our ability to self-regulate. The heart rate of a healthy, resilient person actually changes with every heartbeat. This is called heart rate variability or HRV.

HRV is influenced by our emotions. You can actually see if you’re draining or renewing your energy and self-regulation capacity by looking at the pattern of HRV, your heart rhythms.

Emotions, such as frustration,  impatience and anxiety, deplete our energy reserves and show up on a computer monitor as an irregular, disorganized HRV pattern. Scientists refer to this type of heart-rhythm pattern as being incoherent —  a sign the brain and nervous system are out of sync.

This is like driving a car with one foot on the accelerator and the other foot on the brake at the same time. Who would want to do that? It makes for a very jerky car ride, wastes gas and puts extra wear and tear on a car.

On the other hand, renewing emotions like appreciation, courage and compassion create a more ordered, harmonious pattern,  indicating the brain and nervous system are more in sync. Scientists call this a coherent heart rhythm.

When you are in a coherent state, you are increasing your resilience and ability to manage yourself. That adds energy to your inner battery.

Here’s the bottom line: Scientifically speaking, when we are in a coherent state, the neural signals the  heart sends to the brain improve the functioning of brain centres involved in decision-making, creativity and how we perform.

No wonder so many elite athletes, military and law enforcement personnel and others want to get into a coherent state.

These days, practicing HeartMath’s resilience-building tools and technologies help stop energy drain and build  up our energy reserves and resilience. It’s what HeartMath calls intelligent energy management.

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