The Physiology of Heart Rhythm Meditation

The method of Heart Rhythm Meditation (HRM) is designed to have a positive effect on every part of your body, while also expanding consciousness and drawing energy into your heart. The physiology of Heart Rhythm Meditation is different from that of other meditation methods, primarily because we keep our attention centered in our body, in the physical heart, and because we use a full, rhythmic, balanced and synchronized breath.

In teaching HRM, we carefully monitor the level of CO2 in the exhaled breath because this level determines the pH of the blood, which must be maintained in a narrow range of 7.35 to 7.45. People commonly breathe too fast and too shallow, resulting in hypocapnia, which causes cerebral vasoconstriction, coronary constriction, and constriction of other smooth muscles, e.g., in the bronchioles and the gut.

See Hypocapnia

By synchronizing the breath rate with the heart rate, we achieve 100% coherence, shown by a smooth curve in a plot of heart beats per minute. This creates an ideal rhythm in the heart which allows for repair of heart tissue. Coherence also creates the most powerful and influential transmission of electromagnetic waves from the heart, which carry an emotion of peace and love that sets other hearts into the same rhythm and emotion.

See Heart Rate Variability

Vagal Tone is shown by one's ability to handle stressful situations and emotions due to the vagus nerve's effect on slowing and calming the heart and other organs. Vagal Tone is greatly improved by Heart Rhythm Meditation because the effect of one's breath has a more powerful effect upon the heart rate than with any other exercise or meditation. There is no drug that increases vagal tone.

See Vagal Tone

The maximum volume of breath exchanged in one inhalation/exhalation cycle is called "Vital Capacity." Increasing the volume of breath increases physical energy, fitness and mental alertness.

See Increasing Vital Capacity

Heart Rhythm Meditation is effective in reducing blood pressure (hypertension), by slowing the breath rate. One student achieved a reduction of 18 mmHg in systolic blood pressure in less than two months.

See Reduced Blood Pressure

Concentration on the physical heart, as in Heart Rhythm Meditation, causes the thymus gland, located just over the heart, to produce more "T" cells, shown here on the left, that trigger the immune system. This has been called the "Mother Teresa Effect" in Psychoneuroimmunology.

See Improved Immune Response

Heart Rhythm Meditation creates profound relaxation, eliminating Hypertonia (Residual Muscle Tension), and facilitates emotional healing, which allows one to surrender to sleep easily. With meditation, brain waves (shown) can be changed at will. Meditation develops a feeling of comfort with altered states of consciousness which overcomes "Dream Onset Insomnia".

See Heartful Sleep

After only 10 minutes of Heart Rhythm Meditation, agglutination (clumping) of red blood cells in blood plasma was eliminated. This is the faastest known method for restoring the electric charge on cell membranes to alleviate anemia.

See Hemagglutination