Our states of mind both create and reflect physiology that is either supporting or limiting us
Our habitual states of mind affect our lives on many levels…our heart is a key player in regulating these effects.
Most people nowadays have some awareness of the power of gratitude to shift our inner landscapes. There is a related feeling that is also profoundly helpful. Akin to gratitude is appreciation, a word often used in the HeartMath materials to speak about the feeling that generates positive shifts in physiology.
To paraphrase their definition, appreciation is an active emotional state characterized by a perception and recognition of something for which you feel grateful. Appreciation, gratitude and unconditional love are the emotional states that have been shown to produce coherence within our energy fields. (Coherence is defined as that state where two or more systems are in sync, thereby operating more smoothly and effectively.)
In research studies when subjects produce high rates of coherence in the heart, they also exhibit increased heart-brain synchronization, increased immunity, improved physiological function, decreased stress, and better emotional management.
Individuals capable of sustaining high levels of coherence by holding feelings of love, gratitude and appreciation through intention showed profound changes in their DNA. High states of coherence produced an unwinding and lengthening of DNA strands, while fear, anxiety, frustration and stress caused DNA to tighten, become shorter and switch off many of its codes.
Members in a control group who did not produce high levels of coherence showed no changes in their DNA.