Tom Smiling

Tom’s Story of Recovery

Tom’s brain injury recovery goals were to use heart coherence tools to help relieve anxiety, to help his attention, memory and reading comprehension, and have more clarity in using the Quick Coherence® technique. He was able to make the heart-brain connection, noticing that he felt less anxiety and stress in his body, felt calmer and able to think more clearly. He liked the feeling of being in a calm neutral feeling place. It gave him a feeling of having more control when so much of his brain injury deficits were beyond his control. Tom was excited to go home and look up the word Neutral in the dictionary.

To help his brain retain the steps of the Quick Coherence technique he needed to say it, write it and read it in his notebook which he carries with him at all times. Tom reported on his second session that he practices getting Neutral a lot during the day and its becoming a habit. His anxiety is better, he feels calmer and he’s sleeping better. His notebook and cue cards were very helpful to remind him to practice—he posted them around his apartment. At our fourth session, Tom indicated that he was ready to practice getting coherent on the emWave® PC! It was a challenge for him because of his attention deficit issues to look at the HRV pattern and get coherent. Considering all the challenges he was able to get 20% high coherence in less than 5 minutes!

Tom’s embarrassed feelings about being judged for his brain injury deficits often prevented him from communicating with others and getting the help and information he needs. He often misses going on favorite outings because of this. He was very excited to tell me that this time he recognized his embarrassed feeling, moved through it by getting neutral and was able to make the call to get information about a special outing. Recognizing this shift gave the confidence to do it again when the embarrassing feeling came up. He became so successful that he was able to advocate for himself and get the speech and language rehabilitation he very much needed.

By Tom’s seventh session, he was able to maintain coherence on the emWave Balloon Game while listening to the music, an indication that his multi-tasking attention deficit issues were improving. Gaining more control of his attention issues seemed to be the gateway to using coherence to help improve his memory. In subsequent sessions, Tom would practice sustaining coherence hooked up to the emWave® Pro while playing memory games with a deck of cards. Appreciating himself and his accomplishments became part of his daily coherence practice. His ability to think more clearly and make decisions was getting better. He felt confident enough to consider vocational rehabilitation.”

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The Gift I Gave to Myself

I’ve fought weight for years. Ten years ago, my then-new personal physician told me I needed to lose weight or lose my life, and sent me to a nutritionist. I was put on blood pressure medication and forced to face the harsh reality I had managed to avoid.

Around the same time, I began doing work for H3I, and went through several of their healthy living programs. I began healthy eating as a way of life, began working out, and learned to regularly make healthy choices. Over the next year, I lost around 70 pounds, then hit a plateau. I hadn’t started regaining, but I wasn’t progressing and bad patterns were sneaking back into my daily life.

Unfortunately, in the last 18-24 months, I gained nearly all of it back. I was just not able to get a grip on it. I could not figure out what was wrong with me – why wasn’t I stronger, and how could I not have any will power at all? I had quit smoking and drinking, both cold turkey, but obviously that isn’t an option with food.

HeartMath came into my life in November, when I started learning about the Institute, the research and the technology for work. A light clicked for me when it came to Stopping Emotional Eating. I made the decision to buy myself an early Christmas present, went online and ordered the SEE program, with Webinars.

I was initially concerned that I wasn’t able to get into the green for any length of time. Belatedly, I realized several positive results – first and foremost, after several years of bad sleep patterns, I was falling asleep immediately and sleeping through the night.

One day when I came home from the store, I realized I had bought only healthy foods. It struck me that before I checked out, I had stopped and gone through my basket removing unhealthy choices and returning them to the shelves. I have become far more conscious of my food choices, at the store, at home and in restaurants.

I never weighed myself through the holidays, but eventually, post-Christmas, when clothes were not as tight, I did and learned I’d lost 11 pounds. This included family Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as holiday parties and dinners.

Getting HeartMath’s Stopping Emotional Eating Program has unquestionably been the best Christmas gift I’ve ever given myself. I know what I should and should not eat. I know I should be more active, but particularly over the course of the last year, I have continuously made bad choices. This is the first time I remember going into the new year with a very positive outlook on life. I use the emWave morning and night, but also keep it with me during the day. I have lost 15 pounds so far, without officially going on a diet – but I am looking into something more structured to combine with the SEE program.

About the Heart

The heart does more than pump blood. It is actually an information processing system that sends powerful healing commands to the brain and the rest of the body. It does this in four ways: Neurologically through a complex nervous system that researches call “the brain in the heart” Through changes in the blood pressure wave that create changes in the electrical activity in the brain Hormonally by releasing important hormones into the body Electrically through an electromagnetic field produced by the heart that permeates every cell in our body and extends beyond the skin out into space up to 3 to 4 feet

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The Resilient Heart: Help and Hope for Healing Hearts

Cardiologist, Stephen Jennison and his multidisciplinary team, which includes his wife Becky Aud-Jennison, a licensed clinical professional counselor, treat cardiac patients and specialize in the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation services of congestive heart failure. They teach patients about the connection between stress, anxiety, depression and heart disease and use techniques that help their patients handle the emotional challenges associated with heart disease. Dr. Jennison and Becky Aud-Jennison share how they have integrated HeartMath techniques and the emWave technology into their patient lifestyle management program along with a brief description of the research study they’re conducting using HeartMath techniques and technologies with their patients.

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The Resilient Heart: Tammy & Reynir – Divorce wasn’t the only answer

For years they were at war with each other. They would avoid communicating with each other at all costs because it was inevitable that it would end in a screaming match. They met with a psychologist to talk about divorce as a solution. Instead the psychologist introduced Tammy and Reynir to HeartMath. Through HeartMath tools and emWave practice they soon learned that while they thought they were listening, they had never really heard each other. The years of stacked feelings of hurt, frustration and judgments were blocking their ability to really hear the other person. They used HeartMath tools and the emWave PSR as a method that allowed them to take individual responsibility for what they brought to their conversations. Through simple daily practices they learned how to really hear the other and how to talk with each other from a place of care and compassion, and at times even disagree with each other but without the drama. The experience has brought them closer together. Tammy says, “Reynir and I have fallen in love all over again.”