Heart Conscious Breathing

Heart Conscious Breathing is the important foundation of any personal transformation work that we do, especially in Heart Conscious Healing. It is also a technique in itself that you can use to help in re-regulating your autonomic nervous system (ANS). Here we look at what happens to the body when in stress and how you can use Heart Conscious Breathing to bring you back to the present moment.

Heart Rate Variability

Regular breathing and attention to the heart regulates the pattern of your heart – your Heart Rate Variability (HRV). This in turn sends new signals to your brain and the rest of your body. This simple process brings you back to the present moment through the power of regulating your physiology, NOT by trying to use your thoughts and the control of your mind or emotions, which is almost impossible when you are in stress.

Fight, flight or freeze

When you are in stress you are in a different part of the brain; so thinking, reasoning, planning, being resourceful and creative are not really an option! In stress your priority is to escape or evade danger, fight to WIN (this is a ‘do or die’ drive) or if these options are not available, to freeze and fein death until the danger has passed. Sometimes after a freeze response you can go into fight or flight mode, still with the aim to evade the danger and get to safety.

No time for thinking

It is never a priority when you’re in stress to ‘have a nice think’ about how you would like to respond. These responses are hardwired survival responses and happen automatically. Quite simply, you need to be safe from danger to be able to come into your full cortical thinking, so this is offline until you are safe.

Stress triggers

During our early childhood experiences we learn what is safe and what is not safe. This is why different people respond differently to different situations – what one person perceives as dangerous (and therefore stressful) may not be how another person perceives it. The more we accumulate events that have not been dealt with and completed, the more stress can build up in the system because our body is primed to respond to many possible triggers or ‘cues’ to potential threats.

Being exposed to a life threatening situation means we ‘hardwire’ (like a short circuit response) the need to respond again in the future and this is why Post Traumatic Stress Disorder creates specific responses in the autonomic nervous system when certain ‘triggers’ alerts the system that there is a possible danger. Simple everyday things can become cues for someone to feel unsafe and need to respond. The person is ‘back in the moment’ of the original danger and adopts the original response.

Using Heart Conscious Breathing quickly informs the autonomic nervous system that the danger is ‘not happening now’ and allows us to become more in control of ourselves again, rather than being triggered into the response to a past event.

The ABC of Heart Conscious Breathing

A – Attention to the heart area (awareness)
B – Breathe in and out of the heart area
C – Connect with a feeling of appreciation for someone or something you are grateful for

This short video talks you through the simple Heart Conscious Breathing technique:

 

Just a few moments of Heart Conscious Breathing every day or when you really need it will give you the deeper ABC:

A – Alignment
B – Balance
C – Coherence

Remember, you cannot be in stress and growth/repair at the same time – give yourself time to replenish your energy, refresh your body and renew your true self.

Get back into the present moment with Heart Conscious Breathing.

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Heart Focused Healing™

How to love yourself one part at a time with HEART FOCUSED HEALING™

 

I have changed so much in the last few years that only when I am occasionally ‘triggered’ do I recognise the person that I used to be.

 

We are all a work in progress and there are sometimes residual energies of past trauma and stress that remain with us and cause us to react to situations and circumstances that pose a potential threat. These residual energies need to be processed and released by finding the deeper meaning in the past event so that we may expand our perspective of life and understanding of our animalistic survival situation.

In the absence of updated or more complete information, when a similar event to one that previously cause me pain or a threat to survival seem to be imminent, the fastest and most effective survival mechanism (ie. reaction) is one that has worked before – either by me or by someone in my family or in my collective field.

So, although I am no longer the person I used to be, it is still possible to feel the ‘old’ feelings and adopt old strategies and patterns. The big difference NOW is that I understand what is happening and I love the part of me that was doing everything it can to protect me. I have learned to love this ‘Ego’ part of me that in the event of a heightened emotional experience took all the available information on-board and made decisions for my safety. Without hesitation, whenever required, it still acts on survival instinct to keep me ‘safe’ by any means. How amazing is that!

It IS amazing and I am humbled by the intelligence of my body and my capacity to respond without thought at the mere whiff of a threat to my physical self or the ‘self’ that I have identified and created to be ‘me’. Contrary to what you might have read or heard elsewhere about the ‘Ego’, the existence of this ‘self’ is as vital as the body that breathes. This self is the pilot on my journey and navigates the terrain of the map that I encounter before me. My ‘Ego’ is my friend and my protector… but sometimes it’s operating on old, out-dated and redundant information. This means that as we grow up, change our situation and circumstances, we sometimes get results that are no longer desirable. Shouting doesn’t get me heard, fighting doesn’t win me friends and running away does not help me sort out relationship problems, nor are any of these responses good for my long term health.

We need a way to update the information and bring our ‘Ego-Self’ into alignment with the ‘True-Self’ that is connected and in touch with the bigger picture.

 

Our ‘True-Self’ remains ever connected and has information outside of this animal experience as it operates from a higher perspective. 

 

When we experience a threat to survival we respond instinctively as ‘pure animal’. This is normal and when an animal in the wild cannot run or fight it will freeze. When the threat has passed the animal follows the response with a ‘freeze release’ where it shakes the trapped energy from its system and eventually it reaches a state of balance again and goes about its business.

As conscious beings, in the split second that this freeze response happens, when we become so densely animal in our need to survive, we experience what we perceive to be a disconnect from that which is greater than ourselves alone. It is not real, but our experience feels like it. In that split second we have the most amazing survival technique and our sub-conscious ‘Ego’ takes a snapshot of everything, stores it in a database as a potential threat for next time. Animals in the wild rely on intuition and instinct for safety – this is inherent and is maintained by the release of the freeze response.

 

When we are unable to release the freeze, we revert to the information we have stored as our reference and we ‘construct’ safety.

 

It is possible to release this stored information with many different kinds of techniques, either through the body such as TRE Trauma Release Exercises or Peter Levine’s Somnatic Experiencing, through the emotions and thoughts such as PSYCH-K or EFT Emotional Freedom Techniques or entirely through the energy system such as EMOTrance or Qigong. However this said, ALL of these techniques are tapping into the energetic system via different ‘co-ordinates’ to get to the stuck energy and unprocessed information. Through each of these processes, the information is released and updated.

In order to release stress and trauma from the system, we need to create a sense of safety first. The deeper the sense of safety at the point of release, the deeper and more systemic the release of energy stored by past events and threats to survival.

My new technique HEART FOCUSED HEALING™ uses this concept to bring about great change. Combined with sending love and feelings of care and appreciation, the Ego-Not-True-Self (ENTS) parts are able to appreciate a new and updated meaning of past events. Using the latest scientifically prove techniques, we bring the body into a deep sense of calm and safety where we may SAFELY release past trauma and on-going stress from body and mind.

Through constant curiosity I have worked on understanding the parts of myself that have been protecting me for all this time.  Through loving these parts of ‘my-self’ my beliefs and perceptions have changed, my thoughts have changed, I have changed and my quality of life has changed dramatically.

Here is a video interview with Gary Williams of EFT Hub where I talk about some of the main concepts of my new technique. If you would like to learn HEART FOCUSED HEALING™ I will be introducing Level 1 (for personal use) in my new exciting 4 day personal breakthrough workshop CONSCIOUS HEALTH PRACTICE™ in Rochester, 30th April – 3rd May.

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