Our heart does more than just pumping blood through our body. The heart continuously generates a sequence of electrical activity with every single heartbeat, and we can record this on paper or display it on a monitor by attaching individual electrodes to a machine that can amplify and record an EKG or ECG (electrocardiogram).
Just like a cell phone that carries electrical waves through the air to deliver a message, the electrical waves in our heart does the same thing. According to research and clinical studies conducted at the Institute of HeartMath, scientists have found that the human heart generates the largest electromagnetic field detectable in the human body. HeartMath studies show this powerful electromagnetic field from the heart can be detected and measured several feet away from a person’s body, the brain generates the same energetic field although it can only be measured a few inches away from the head. Which in essence, in close proximity, we affect each other’s energy field.
When our brain releases hormones such as serotonin, dopamine or oxytocin via the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous system, which are branches of the heart, we feel happiness, contentment, and love. Conversely, when our body releases cortisol which is generated by stress, we will have an entirely different feeling associated more with our body kicking into survival mode and keeping us in a constant state of stress. This affects our overall well-being and the energy field that we share with others.
For example: Have you ever walked into a room, and before anyone could say anything, you could feel the tension in the room? How about engaging in an activity or conversation where you become so angry that you’re unable to think clearly? Ever say things that you wished you could take back?
Knowing this, it might be a good idea for all of us to stop and ask ourselves the question, “What am I feeding this field and how is this stress affecting my health?”
Learning to understand the messages of bio-feedback and the ability to quickly move from frustration to coherency, it can help us to avoid those stress-producing narratives that can suddenly throw us into a fit of rage. It also counterbalances the effects of those knee-jerk reactions and create a space for compassion and understanding to emerge, and minimize those pre-conceived judgments. This can be done through Resilience Training.
Resilience offers us a method for shifting the stress and negative rhetoric in our minds and allows us to overcome the mounting physiological and psychological conditions we face with constant stress and anxiety. Resilience also gives us the ability to embrace negative emotions that when it shows up in our lives, we can remain to be our best selves, and efficiently regroup when we are caught in a dispute and contention is present.
By the same token, it is widely known that taking the time to pause, breathe, and getting back to our heart can be quite difficult when we are face to face with controversy and challenge. At this moment, our heart is beating through our chest, the voice in our head is so loud that we can’t hear anything else except for our own response, and if continued, we can become completely incoherent. Therefore, resilience training takes intention. Resilience is subtle. It is not loud and boisterous like uncontrollable anger, frustration, and anxiety. It is that quiet voice that most of the time gets muffled out when stress shows up, hence the need for deliberate preparation. Preparing ourselves to gain the capacity to build resilience and remain coherent in difficult times sets the trajectory to overcome adversity gracefully and live a happy, stress-less, and content life.
Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell teaches that the best gift we can give ourselves and others is the practice of resilience, the ability to promote positive emotional perceptions and manage our stress-induced reactions.
Principal Consultant of Co3 Consulting (www.Co3Consulting.net), a certified trainer of the Institute of HeartMath’s Resilience Advantage Program, and a Ph.D. student in Transformative Studies and Consciousness, Gerry, understands the techniques needed to build resilience and promote self-transformation in everyday life. She has learned that as you gain a heightened awareness of your emotional state, the experience of stress only becomes a choice rather than a strong reaction to outside circumstances. In learning to address and transform stress from within, you become an active contributor to your own health, balance, and fulfillment.
Gerry Ebalaroza-Tunnell will be presenting a workshop on Resilience for Collective Transformation, Saturday, February 13th at 9:00 am- 12:00 pm. You can register for her workshop and many other experiential events at the 24th Annual Women of Wisdom Conference, Feb. 11 – 15th, held at North Seattle College.