The third brain connection with our heart

What about the heart, a muscular organ about the size of a fist, but it does so much more than just keep us alive!

What if I would say, it possesses a heart -brain composed of about 40,000 neurons. Scientists initially became interested in the heart -brain connection because of the personality changes that many heart transplant patients experienced. Many recipients took on the characteristics and personality of the person who donated the heart. Research has shown that the heart communicates with the brain in several ways and can also act independently of the head brain. Furthermore, in recent discoveries in neurocardiology have shown that the messages the heart sends to the brain affect our perception, mental processes, feelings, and performance in profound ways.

Suggesting that there are three brains may seem crazy in conventional thinking. They say that Western medicine is primarily based on the mechanistic school of thought that sees the body as a machine made up of various interlocking parts. Mechanists take the approach that each body part and function can be treated in isolation from all other parts and functions.

Mainstream thinking, which dates to ancient Egypt, holds that life is more complex than series of chemical reactions, and much more than the sum of its parts. Every part of the body influences the whole. This is the basis of complementary medicine such as naturopathy, ayurveda, Chinese medicine and more. Scientific studies are now discovering that the human organism is multi- dimensional network of communicating system in which mental process, emotions and physiological systems are all intricately intertwined. Thus, the interaction of the gut- brain and heart must all be considered a whole and as our very essence and identity to heal the body.  In conclusion, the next time you have a rational or irrational thought, remember to consider treating the condition of your gut and heart.

Here is a breathing technique to help connect with your three brains, this exercise can help you look deeper within for your own answers as opposed to looking or searching for answer through the outside world.

Practicing these breathing techniques.

Start by breathing deeply 3-6 times into your head, then move down to your chest and then to your lower abdomen. Notice how you feel.

Focus on a problem you are experiencing right now, or a decision you need to make, and start breathing into the 3 brains.

  • As you breathe into your head, ask yourself: what are my thoughts on this situation?
  • As you breathe into your heart, ask yourself: what am I feeling about this situation?
  • As you breathe into your bell, ask yourself: What is my gut instinct telling me about this situation?

Write down the answers you come up with and follow through with what feels right for you.

Happy Valentine!




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