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Cardiac Coherence (HRV): Key to the Flow State

Cardiac coherence or HRV (Heart Rate Variability) is the variability of the intervals between our heartbeats.

Surprisingly, this metric not only reflects the physical health of the heart, but is also intrinsically linked to our mental and emotional health.

What's more, heart coherence has been shown to be a powerful means of achieving a state of flow and enhancing our meditation practice.

The #flowstate is that moment of intense concentration, focus and total involvement with an activity where time seems to fly, distractions disappear, and our performance reaches its peak.

It is an expanded state of consciousness and is sought after in various fields and activities, including medicine (surgeons report sometimes not feeling it more than 8 hours into an operation) sports, art, music and business (see videos on my YouTube channel).

Cardiac coherence, in turn, is a valuable tool for achieving a state of flow and deepening meditation. How? When our nervous system is balanced, our heartbeats vary coherently in response to our emotions and thoughts.

By practicing breath control techniques and meditation, we can synchronize our heart rates with our intentions, reducing stress and increasing mental clarity.

Here are some tips for using HRV as a meditative and flow-inducing tool:

🔺 Train Conscious Breathing: Deepen your meditation by focusing on your breathing. Breathe slowly and in a controlled manner, maintaining a regular cadence. This helps to synchronize your heartbeat with your breathing, inducing cardiac coherence.

Biofeedback techniques: Use biofeedback devices that monitor your HRV in real time. This allows you to adjust your breathing and meditation according to your body's response, helping to create cardiac coherence. There are several apps available in the Apple and Android stores (several free).

I recommend this one:

Heartrate + Coherence Pro

🔺 Practice regularly: Heart coherence and a state of flow are the results of constant practice. Dedicate time every day to meditate and improve your mind-body connection. Ten minutes is enough.

Be Present: In the flow state, being completely present in the moment is crucial. Let go of worries and external distractions to go deeper into your task or meditation.

Heart coherence and the flow state are intrinsically linked.

As we improve our ability to create heart coherence, we increase our ability to enter flow states more easily.

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May #flow be with you.


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