Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Open Your Heart
You might not have guessed it, but this is a sketch (complements of wikipedia) of an electromagnetic field. PBS recently hosted a program by Dr Christiane Northrup on menopause. (Don't worry, men, this applies to you too!) During her lecture, she mentioned that the "heart's electromagnetic field is 60x larger than the brain's."
This really caught my interest. Many people use affirmations or attempt to "think" their way into meditation without success. With only thoughts the magnetic current generated is 5000x weaker than the magnetic qualities of the heart.
As described by The Awakening Project: "The heart's ECG measurements are about 60 times as strong as that of brain EEG measurements. The magnetic component of the electromagnetic field is about 5000 times stronger than the brains and can be measured several feet away with a SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device). Rollin McCraty, Ph.D. "The Energetic Heart: Bioelectromagnetic Communication Within and Between People". "
The Institute of Heart Math comments on the power of the heart: "The heart's electromagnetic field--by far the most powerful rhythmic field produced by the human body--not only envelops every cell of the body but also extends out in all directions into the space around us. The cardiac field can be measured several feet away from the body by sensitive devices. Research conducted at IHM suggests that the heart's field is an important carrier of information."
A backbend practice is a wonderful way to open the heart area both physically and energetically. Check out Yoga Journal for a listing of various backbends. For beginner's, I'm particularly fond of Bridge; if you have more experience and are feeling strong and flexible, Upward Facing Bow is wonderfully invigorating and opening.
Today is the first day of the rest of your life!