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Why I Practice Hearth Coherence…

Heart Coherence… Some also call it cardiac coherence. It doesn’t matter how you call it, it has the potential to make one’s life oh so better!

For several years I have been building and perfecting a routine in my life which I now call my “Daily Morning Ritual“. Nothing very fancy, just a few things I do every morning to start my day on a positive note. This allows me to get ready to tackle everything life will throw my way.

Martin Blais - Why I Practice Heart Coherence

A key moment of this morning routine is when I take 10 minutes to practice heart coherence.

What is Heart Coherence?

In a nutshell, heart coherence is when your heart rhythm pattern goes from this: Incoherent hearth rhythm pattern(Source of this graph: Science of the Heart)

To this: Coherent hearth rhythm pattern(Source of this graph: Science of the Heart)

Below is a short video example of passing from an incoherent heart rhythm pattern to a coherent heart rhythm pattern. The speed of the clip has been accelerated 2x just to illustrate getting from one state to the other… You can notice my heart rhythm getting into coherence the second I started breathing regularly. And this was just to show how quick it is to get from one state to the other. Believe me, once you get into coherence and sustain the state for a few minutes, the coherence of the rhythm pattern is even more apparent and that is when you reap the many benefits of this exercise.

Suggested resource #1

The best way to use this resource in order to help you practice heart coherence would be to sit comfortably somewhere quiet where you can remain undisturbed for at least five minutes (if you’re a busy mom with fifteen kids, you can ask your better half to watch the little ones over while you go to the “bathroom” 😉). Start the video and follow the bubble with your eyes while trying to keep your focus on the bubble as much as possible. If you drift away in your thoughts during the process, that’s ok, just imagine your wandering mind as a young child whom you gently take by the hand and bring back to where your attention should be. For a balanced state of heart coherence, you want to inhale gently when following the bubble on the screen from one side to the other, then exhale on the way back to its initial position. Five seconds in, five seconds out. Once you get accustomed to the regular pattern, you can begin visualizing your heart and try to see it expanding while you inhale and coming back to its initial shape while you exhale. Yes, I agree, visualizing your heart at the same time as you need to focus on the bubble can be tricky, and that’s why I suggest the “resource #2” which is an audio guide.

Suggested resource #2

The best way to use this resource in order to help you practice heart coherence would be to sit comfortably somewhere quiet where you can remain undisturbed for at least five minutes and simply start the video, close your eyes and synchronize your breath to the beat of the metronome that counts the seconds and has a distinct tone which identifies each time the 5th second is reached in the pattern. Once you get accustomed to the regular pattern, you can begin visualizing your heart and try to see it expanding while you inhale and coming back to its initial shape while you exhale.

If you want to download a metronome app to achieve the same result and adjust it to your own flavor, you can find the “Soundbrenner” app I personally use here on the Apple Store or here on the Google Play store. Then, simply select a beat pattern of 5/4 with a tempo of 60 bpm (beats per minute).

Heart coherence continued…
(The longer version)

(under construction… 😅)

I am actively working at writing this article about heart coherence and why it is part of my daily morning routine, why it fascinates me so much and how it got me from living with stress and worries to feeling a constant uplifted state of gratitude.

Time is a luxury for me nowadays so I am doing my best to translate thoughts into words and compose every time I have a little spare time on my hands…

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