When Tim Ferris (author of 4 Hour Work Week) interviewed Adam Robinson (global investments guru), he asked Adam, "What purchase of $100 or less has most positively impacted your life in the last six months or in recent memory?"
Adam replied, "Well, this purchase is not less than $100 but it is too close to pass up. The HeartMath biofeedback monitor. I enthusiastically adopted biofeedback HRV training, and in a few weeks, learned to quiet my mind, gaining the ability to achieve a Zen-like calm on demand."
So what is this HeartMath biofeedback monitor and HRV training about?
HeartMath is an internationally respected stress management system that uses simple heart-based techniques to reduce stress and shift our mind/body to a state of "coherence". When we're in coherence, a specific rhythmic pattern of our heart increases our emotional resilience, clarity and creativity. When we’re in coherence, we’re in an optimal state of mind/body balance, a state of grace, ease and flow.
Our ability to create and sustain coherence is determined by our ability to regulate our emotions, which can improve with daily practise. Biofeedback devices, referred to by Adam Robinson, are available to help train you to shift from a stressful state into coherence.
(Image used with permission from the HeartMath Institute)
I teach my clients, with or without a device, HeartMath techniques that effectively reduce stress. I encourage them to practise the following “Quick Coherence” technique every morning, every night before sleep and whenever a stressful event occurs.
Step 1: Focus your attention in the area of your heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual.
Try inhaling for 5 seconds and exhaling for 5 seconds, but most importantly, find a rhythm that feels comfortable.
Step 2: Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life.
Try to re-experience the feeling you have for someone you love, a companion animal, a special place, an achievement etc., or focus on a feeling of calm or ease.
Sustain that feeling and enjoy being in coherence.
Go to www.stockdalewellbeing.com to to find out more about the HeartMath approach to stress management.