What is Heart Coherence?
The HeartMath Institute, an organization that pursues the science of interconnectivity, defines heart coherence as:
“[It is] the synchronization of our physical, mental and emotional systems. It can be measured by our heart-rhythm patterns: The more balanced and smooth they are, the more in sync, or coherent we are. Stress levels recede, energy levels increase and our brain and what HeartMath calls the “heart brain” work together. It is a state of optimal clarity, perception and performance.”
Simply put, coherence describes the purposeful alignment of our internal selves and our external actions.
Why We Seek Coherence
Heart coherence might be the scientific approach to internal and external alignment, but the idea of coherence is also foundational to other terms, concepts and practices. “The Power of Intention,” “Manifesting,” “The Law of Attraction” and even mindfulness all embrace cohesion between our heart and mind, or internal way of being, and our actions.
No matter what you call it, coherence asks that we each seek to create a rich, clear and confident inner life in order to have a balanced, joyful and successful external life.
Coherence is also a large part of what Ralf and I seek to understand and share at MindGourmet. As we both continue our personal journeys to know ourselves better, we want to inspire others to do the same.
So here are some quotes we love on the subjects of coherence, intention, mental rehearsal, taking action and more. We hope they inspire you as they have us!
Belief, Desire and Intention
“You become what you envision yourself being.” — Lewis Howes, The School of Greatness
“I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” — Stephen R. Covey
“We believe what we want to believe, and once we believe something, it becomes a self-fulfilling truth.” — Seth Godin
“Knowing how you actually want to feel is the most potent form of clarity that you can have.” — Danielle LaPorte
“Your point of view creates your reality; reality does not create your point of view.”— Dr. Dain Heer
The Mind-Body Connection
“You can actually rewire your brain to change your mind, and reprogram your mind to change your body.” — Dr. Carol Kershaw and Dr. Bill Wade, The Worry-Free Mind
“We know that it takes a clear intention (a coherent brain) and an elevated emotion (a coherent heart) to begin to change a person’s biology from living in the past to living in the future. That combination of mind and body – of thoughts and feelings – also seems to influence matter. And that’s how you create reality.” — Dr. Joe Dispenza
“When we form heart-centered beliefs within our bodies, in the language of physics we’re creating the electrical and magnetic expression of them as waves of energy, which aren’t confined to our hearts or limited by the physical barrier of our skin and bones. So clearly we’re speaking to the world around us in each moment of every day through a language that has no words: the belief-waves of our hearts.” — Gregg Braden
“Whatever techniques you practice, realize that the message of the heart becomes clearer when the mind is quiet. And in order to truly quiet the mind, we need to bring the head into alignment with the heart.” — Doc Childre, HeartMath Institute
“Awareness is the first step in healing or changing.” – Louise Hay, You Can Heal Your Life
“The moment you change your perception is the moment you rewrite the chemistry of your body.” – Dr. Bruce Lipton
Co-Creating our Lives
“Is there anything ever under our total control? Yes, two things are: your actions and your attitude.” — Mo Gawdat
“Be kind to yourself. The seeds we plant within are the harvest we have to give.” — Mary Davis
“If you want to manifest your dreams, you must become a master at monitoring the thoughts and feelings you are aligning yourself with. Your thoughts and feelings become your reality, so become adept at observing the thoughts and feelings you are creating for yourself.” — Dr. Wayne Dyer
“By choosing your thoughts, and by selecting which emotional currents you will release and which you will reinforce, you determine the quality of your Light. You determine the effects that you will have upon others and the nature of the experiences of your life.” — Gary Zukav
“We create our lives with our beliefs, and we broadcast those beliefs into the energetic environment around us. We are creting our relationships, and with that knowledge, we have the freedom to create whatever kinds of relationships we want.” – Dr. Bruce Lipton, The Honeymoon Effect
“One new perception, one fresh thought, one act of surrender, one change of heart, one leap of faith, can change your life forever.” — Robert Holden
The Ongoing Journey
“To be a true explorer is to carry on your exploration even if it takes you to a place you didn’t particularly plan to go to.” — Lynne McTaggart
“The privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.” — Joseph Campbell
“No amount of sitting back and wishing will make your dreams manifest. You have to take daily inspired action.” — Melissa Ambrosini
“To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.” — Anatole France
“Becoming the type of person you want to become — someone who lives by a stronger standard, someone who believes in themselves, someone who can be counted on by the people that matter to them — is about the daily process you follow and not the ultimate product you achieve.” — James Clear
“Your mind will be like its habitual thoughts; for the soul becomes dyed with the color of its thoughts. Soak it then in such trains of thoughts as, for example: Where life is possible at all, a right life is possible.” — Marcus Aurelius
And finally, one of our favorites from our The Path to Everything course creator, Tiffani Churchill: “Your self beliefs are shaping your experiences. Change what you believe to be true about yourself and everything will change.”
We hope you’re as inspired by these quotes as we are! Want to learn more about how you can have a more cohesive inner and outer life? Check out our latest course, The Path to Everything.