Most of us are guilty of walking past a homeless person and choosing to look away rather than take the time to ponder what might be the reality of that person’s life. We make judgements, we don’t want to be taken advantage of if they ask us for something, it seems too hard to know what to do, do I give them money, do I buy them something, so mostly we just walk on by. The Rotary Club of Prahran hosted an insightful and thought provoking event this week, with a panel of people who work specifically with the thousands of homeless people around Victoria. As Jo Swift from Kids Under Cover described, “we all know that one day in September, the AFL Grand Final…with a 105,000 people on average packed into the MCG, well imagine that this is the number of people who are homeless on an average night in Australia.” A picture that’s hard to get out of your head isn’t it? Homelessness is growing every day in this country, and I think we all need to confront our beliefs on this subject. This is just a very small conversation I wanted to share that you might begin with, with yourself. I will be doing something more in the near future to shed some more detailed light on this issue that we can’t keep walking past. I want to reveal what exactly the Sacred Heart Mission, The Salvation Army, Kids Under Cover and the Prahran Police are dealing with every day. What they need us to know! So for now, here is my interview with Rotary member Susie Cole, on my buddy Glenn Ridge’s Melbourne radio show…
The wonderful and brilliant scientists over at the Institute of HeartMath have done some amazing work in shedding light on some very significant findings regarding the science of the heart.
The Institute of HeartMath is an internationally recognized nonprofit research and education organization dedicated to helping people reduce stress, self-regulate emotions and build energy and resilience for healthy, happy lives. HeartMath tools, technology and training teach people to rely on the intelligence of their hearts in concert with their minds at home, school, work and play.
A large portion of their research has investigated heart and brain interaction. Researchers at the institute have examined how the heart and brain communicate with each other and how that affects our consciousness and the way in which we perceive our world.
Their research has shed light on a number of facts, one for example, is when a person is feeling really positive emotions like gratitude, love, or appreciation, that the heart beats out a very different message. They’ve been able to determine this by the fact that the heart beats out the largest electromagnetic field produced in the body, and they can gather data from it.
“Emotional information is actually coded and modulated into these fields. By learning to shift our emotions, we are changing the information coded into the magnetic fields that are radiated by the heart, and that can impact those around us. We are fundamentally and deeply connected with each other and the planet itself.” – Rolin McCratey , Ph.D, Director of Research at the Institute.
This is very important work, as again, it shows how the heart plays an important role far beyond what is commonly known. Did you know that your heart emits electromagnetic fields that change according to your emotions? Did you know that the human heart has a magnetic field that can be measured up to several feet away from the human body? Did you know that positive emotions create physiological benefits in your body? Did you know that you can boost your immune system by conjuring up positive emotions? Did you know that negative emotions can create a nervous system chaos, and that positive emotions do the complete opposite? Did you know that the heart has a system of neurons that have both short term and long term memory, and that their signals sent to the brain can affect our emotional experiences? Did you know that in fetal development, the heart forms and starts beating before the brain is developed? Did you know that a mother’s brainwaves can synchronize to her baby’s heartbeats? Did you know that the heart sends more information to the brain than vice versa?
All of these facts, published researched papers and more can be accessed at heartmath.org Above is a video from the institute about the intuitive intelligence of the heart. Definitely worth a look. (this article is care of www.collective-evolution.com)
*I really love the www.dailyom.com, especially this writer Madisyn Taylor. She’s one of the wisest women in the cyber world…I sometimes wonder if she might just be a little angel pretending to be a writer, tapping away up there in the sky.
December 18, 2014
Unblocking the Ally
by Madisyn Taylor
Anger can easily become our go-to emotion; to remedy, start noticing when and why you get angry.
Sometimes when we feel anger, it is coming from a deep place that demands acknowledgment and expression. At these times, it is important that we find healthy ways to honor our anger, remembering how dangerous it is to repress it. However, anger can also become a habit, our go-to emotion whenever things go wrong. Often this is because, for whatever reason, we feel more comfortable expressing anger than we do other emotions, like sadness. It can also be that getting angry gives us the impression that we’ve done something about our problem. In these cases, our habitual anger is inhibiting both our ability to express our other emotions and to take action in our lives.
If it’s true that anger is functioning this way in your life, the first thing you might want to try is to notice when you get angry. You might begin to see a pattern of some kind. For example, you could notice that it is always your first response or that it comes up a lot in one particular situation. If the pattern doesn’t become clear right away, you could try keeping a journal about when you get angry and see if you can find any underlying meaning. The good thing about keeping a journal is that you can explore your anger more deeply in it—from examining who in your family of origin expressed a lot of anger to how you feel when you encounter anger in others. This kind of awareness can be a formidable agent of transformation.
Anger can be a powerful ally, since it is filled with energy that we can harness and use to create change in the world. It is one of the most cathartic emotions, and it can also be a very effective cleanser of the emotional system. However, when it becomes a habit, it actually loses its power to transform and becomes an obstacle to growth. Identifying the role anger plays in your life and restoring it to its proper function can bring new energy and expansiveness to your emotional life.
I saw this movie recently, and I have to say that it has really, truly opened me up to a way of thinking about the heart, my heart in a way I’d never thought of before. I mean I think about my soul, I think abut my spirit, I think about my ego, my intuition and i think about Higher Self, but it blows me away that I only think about my heart if it’s to do with a discussion or thought about meeting a man. But even then, I feel this is such a limited way of acknowledging something that quite possibly has more power than all of the above. And might be more useful for me to get in touch with, and listen to than any of these other parts that I have got to know along the way. Maybe the heart, is the ruling Queen of them all? I think one day we might all be talking about our hearts a lot more broadly than we ever have before. x