Stress / Focus of the brain
The HRV is an analytical method in medicine, describing the variability of the heart rate, which has been established already for a long time. This is regulated by rhythmic changing activity of the parasympathetic and sympathetic division of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). A healthy human heart beats (in contrast to the general assumption) in relation to the distance between each heart beat not exactly regularly but subtle irregularly (RR1, RR2).
Stress situations, caused by physical and / or mental stress, leads to an adaptive response of the heart, showing a decrease in the variation range from beat to beat of the heart rate. On the other hand, the variation range increases during rest and relaxation.
Several thousand studies related to HRV show one common fact; the better the HRV the better we regenerate, adapt to stress and the more efficiently we respond to supplements and medications.
Focus of the brain – reduction of the HRV = focus of the heart (?)
A very interesting observation, is the direct influence of our ratio / thinking to the HRV.
The moment we focus with our thoughts the moment our HRV values decrease.
Through our continuously chattering mind, our worries and daily focus on all kind of matter we literally “train” our heart to beat less variable. We teach our children already in very young age to focus. We tell them that they have to focus and concentrate to become successful one day. We tell them how they have to “bring it to the point”.
The brain with its ratio could also be described as a “focus organ”. As we can only focus with our eyes to one layer/point our brain as well can only focus on one thought at the time. One can not have two thoughts, no matter how intelligent one is, at the same time.
This focus of the ratio can literally be shown in a live plot of the RR intervals of the HRV.
The interesting observation I made during the last years is that the moment a person becomes present, meaning no thoughts, no worries or focus, simply be completely in the Here an Now the HRV automatically starts to increase again.
The moment we think we are not present, we are in a horizontal movement. Thought needs time. Thought has developed through time and needs time to express itself.
The problem is, that the thinker can not say to the thought: “Stop thinking”.
Especially if we are overloaded with worries and fears it is difficult to stop thinking about it. If a person gets a very bad diagnosis from a practitioner it is literally impossible to stop thinking and focussing on the problem we have to face. This focus and fear leads to a further decrease of the HRV values and thus nurtures the defined problem.
Finding inner peace
How can we become present? How can we relax and reach a state, where real healing can take place? How can we interact / get in coherence with the continuously changing frequency of our surrounding?
Through meditation practices we can learn to calm our mind. The problem is, that it takes quite an effort to learn and reach a deep level of meditation. Further if we are very stressed, and especially worried in our daily life, or even if someone gets diagnosed with a serious illness, it becomes very difficult to reach a high level of inner peace.
Interesting is, that the moment we use and are aware of our senses and the informations, which are being send to the brain, the thought and focus ceases. In that state the HRV increases and the sympathetic activity decreases.
We can not really hear, feel, taste, smell, and also really see and think at the same time.
We can use our senses superficially and think at the same time. But if one really sees, observes, without comment, really sees (or use another sense) without separating oneself with the brain and its comments, the brain gets quiet.
In the ancient Sanskrit texts of the Vedas, the Upanishads is already beautifully written “…What cannot be seen with the eye, but that whereby the eye can see…What cannot be heard with the ear, but that whereby the ear can hear…”.
The German word end or quit is aufhören.
Auf-hören literally means to listen to something. So the moment we really listen, our thinking activity stops. The separation from the me/I/Ego to the surrounding, the separation from the observer to the observed ends through listening “auf-hören”.
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