The heart is connected to the hypothalamus which is part of the brain. Our heart responds to messages from the brain as it’s releasing chemicals due to the “psychosomatic” reaction of the event or memory. You feel it physically as your heart begins to pump faster. Whatever we see, hear or feel, the brain makes the decision as to which chemicals to release in the body as chemical messengers called neuropeptides.
Most of us were taught that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends far more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function – influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.
If our minds and emotions are constantly stressed, living in fear, grief, attachment, etc., then we produce too many harmful chemical reactions in the body that then affect brain, endocrine, immune and nervous system functions. Over time, this has a debilitating effect on our health leaving us less resistant to disease. We are experiencing physiological and psychological alterations that lead to overall poor health physically and emotionally.
Mounting scientific research continues to validate that health, the quality of our lives and even the length of our lives is profoundly impacted by our mental and emotional states of being. Mind/Body medicine links how our thoughts and emotions powerfully affect brain, endocrine (hormones), immune system and autonomic nervous system (sympathetic and parasympathetic) functions within the body.
Begin to put a little love in your heart and watch what happens! Learn more with me in our Transformational Coaching program. We’ll get right to the “heart of the matter”.