By DR BHUSHAN KUMAR UPADHYAYA :
In literature, lingua franca and
philosophy we find numerous
and amazing references to the
heart and the head. As per the traditional belief, the heart is associated with emotions and the head
with reasoning and logic. Till
nineties this traditional belief was
taken as metaphorically by the science community.Abig surprise
was sprung in 1991 when an
American neurocardiologist JA
Armour discovered that the heart
has its own brain and nervous system. He found that the nervous system of the heart has around forty
thousand neurons, called neurites.
Informations including feelings,
sensations are sent to the brain
through numerous afferents. More
information is sent to the brain
from the heart than information
being sent to the heart from the
This wasafantastic discovery in the field of the heart- head
In the normal course, the heart is
a muscle which pumps blood to all
parts of the body including the
brain. If this pumping is proper, all
parts of the brain also function
properly. Hence mental health is
totally dependent on cardiac
health. On the other hand any negative thoughts or stress badly
impact the functioning of the
heart. The rhythm of the heart
becomes chaotic in case of stress in
the mind. Thus cardiac health is
also dependent on the functioning
of the brain.
According to the discoveries in
the field of neurocardiology, the
brain emits electrical charges determined by thoughts.
The heart has
magnetic charges determined by
emotions. So when magno electrical charges become synchronised,
physical, mental and emotional
health is ensured. The beating of
the heart is so strong that it produces high levels of magnetic
charges. It was also discovered that
the heart communicates with the
brain through the vagus nerve
which is the part of the parasympathetic nervous system, whereas the
brain communicates to the heart
through the spinal cord.
Doc Lew Childre is an American
author and the founder of the
Heart Math Institute, dedicated to
the work of developing heart brain
coherence. According to him, the
heart has intelligence like the
brain.According to Heart Math theory, heart rhythm is coherent in
optimal health and becomes chaotic and disordered in stress and illness. Love, compassion, care, love ,
etc restore the coherence of the
They have developed heart
brain coherence techniques where
awareness is focussed on the heart
and breathing is slowed down with
comfortable holding of the breath.
This technique has benefitted innumerable numbers of people in
establishing physical, mental and
emotional well being.
In the Indian tradition we find
the detailed description of Chakras
in many Yogic and Tantric texts.
These Chakras are meeting points of
subtle channels of life energy.
Among the seven Chakras, we find
two Chakras named Anahat and
Sahasrara respectively denoting the
heart and head.
In theYogic meditation techniques awareness is centered on
these centres to activate and energise them. Lots of otherYogic
Kriyas, Bandhas and Asanas are
practised to make those centres
active and balanced. Thus we find
that tradition and science seem to
be meeting together. It is also a
medical fact that any problem in
the heart affects and degenerates
the brain. Similarly malfunctioning
of the brain causes heart problems.
So the heart and head coherence
needs to be maintained by nutritious foods, exercises, cultivation of
positive thoughts and de-stressing
techniques of Yoga.
(The writer is DG Police & CG,