The following are quotes from Scientists/Science journalists that mean a great deal to me.
The page is an ongoing creation begun and inspired in Sept ‘08.
The Aim however is to have the quotes parallel the ones in ‘Bible Quotes:’ so that hopefully, i can bring closer together the understanding that both God and Science has to offer each and every one of us.
Cos frankly? i think the time for that is LONG overdue.
“…HeartMath uses a relatively new concept – one that is currently a hot item in mainstream medicine – as an indicator of a healthily functioning body: heart rate variability (HRV). Research conducted 10 years ago by Dr Andrew Armour of Dalhouse University in Halifax, Canada showed that the heart has its own neural network – in essence, a little brain. HRV – the rhythm of the time period between two heartbeats – plays a key role in that network. It has now been demonstrated that the heart sends signals to the brain and the hormonal system via nerves which carry the heart rhythm patterns. It doesn’t matter so much how many times a heart beats per minute; it’s the rhythm of the heartbeat that counts.
Cryer explains, “With every heartbeat, information is supplied that affects our emotions, our physical health and the quality of our lives.” This means that feelings of compassion, love, care and appreciation produce a smoothly rolling – HeartMath calls it “coherent” – heart rhythm, while feelings of anger, frustration, fear and danger emit a jagged and capricious – ”incoherent” – image. But this is more than a statistical difference. HeartMath’s research shows that a different heart rhythm leads to other chemical and electrical – even neurological – reactions in the body.
Simply put: when people experience love, they not only feel happy and joyful, but they also produce, for example, more DHEA, the hormone that prevents aging, and gives us feelings of youthful vitality. Not surprisingly, a synthetic form of the hormone is currently sold in pill form at drugstores and health food stores. At the same time, the production of damaging stress hormones like cortisol is reduced. High levels of cortisol have been associated with Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, depression and fatigue. By contrast, a “loving body” absorbs less cholesterol, thereby preventing arteries from clogging while boosting production of immunoglobulin A, an important biochemical that boosts immune function. In addition, blood pressure stabilizes.
But how do you “change your heart?” According to HeartMath research, it is much simpler than it looks. Cryer says, “If you consciously shift your attention to a positive emotion, like appreciation or care, or if you allow your thoughts to return to the feeling of a cherished memory, your heart rhythm changes immediately.”
Is HeartMath the only effective answer to stress? Clearly not. Every walk on the beach is beneficial. The same goes for an enjoyable concert. And for experiences of friendship and love.
Just think about how you feel in the presence of someone who is appreciative or caring, compared to being close to someone angry or frustrated.
Cryer notes how, “A lot of people feel powerless. Climate change. Poverty. War. Terrorism. There are so many things we could fear in the world. So where do you start as an individual, when the size of the problems seem so daunting? It is important to know that you can have a demonstrably positive effect on the world. We can change the world, starting with ourselves.”