“I’m Bonnie Thompson and I’m a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and Certified HeartMath Coach. In my coaching practice I specialize in two areas: Resilience and Highly Sensitive Persons (HSPs). I have worked with clients from all over the world for many years, helping them to live more authentic and centered lives.
I became involved with HeartMath® over 15 years ago when I began practicing the tools and techniques to deal with a very stressful time of my life. I have said many times that it was HeartMath that got me through it all.
In April of this year I had eye surgery and I was in a lot of pain and not sleeping well. I have occasional benign arrhythmias that get worse the more sleep deprived I become. It’s always been interesting to me that my heart becomes so irregular without good, solid sleep. I think everyone’s body gets very stressed without adequate sleep, and in my case using the emWave® Pro clearly demonstrates this.
The first graph is a screen shot of my HeartMath emWave session the day after my surgery. Even though I was unable to get into coherence, I persisted. I continued to practice the HeartMath tools several times a day throughout my recovery and a week later my HRV pattern was reflected in the second graph.
Graph 1: emWave session the day after surgery
Graph 2: emWave session after a week of use
These two graphs from the emWave Pro represent two extremes but for me they also represent progress. First, being able to see what lack of sleep does to me was very instructive and I even showed this to my doctor. And second, even though measurable coherence was difficult right after surgery I stuck with the practices. By doing so I believe I was able to speed up my recovery and my HRV reflects that progress. I have been very inspired by this experience and I hope to be able to reduce my incidences of arrhythmias over time. I am so grateful for the HeartMath technologies that allow me to see in real time what is going on in my body, mind and emotions!!