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  • Writer's pictureIrenee Brooks

Building and sustaining coherence

Updated: Mar 25, 2020

In the last few months we collectively as a nation have lived through or witnessed some of the worst disasters that we have seen in a long time.

The flip side to this has been the out-pouring of loving hearts in action throughout our communities. People have pulled together here and abroad to raise the collective energy in whatever way they could, to help one another get through these devastating times. We rose to the occasion! The level of care, compassion and appreciation was overwhelming.

It is now important to sustain this generosity and to support and strengthen a caring society. This will lift the vibration of the collective, and everyone will benefit. For change to happen, like all things that are worthwhile, we need to practise, practise, practise. The passion and desires that drive human existence come from our heart. When we practise yoga and meditation, we find balance and harmony, aligning our heart and mind. Our ancient ancestors knew this; it was their science! The new science is finally acknowledging what we have lost over the millenniums. Today, science calls this ‘coherence’. Being in a state of coherence is being in sync with the flow of life. We are aligned to our purpose and directed towards our passion and desires, even if we cannot see the detail. There is an inner trust and knowing that we are on track. Heart-rate variability is gaining a lot of interest in the medical science world. There is evidence that the heart’s rhythms can measure our emotional state. The brain and heart are in communication with each other constantly through the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS regulates many parts of the body, such as our heart rate and our breathing rate. If we are having feelings of frustration, anger or being overwhelmed, our breathing is erratic and our heart rhythms are very up and down. These heart rhythms send signals to the brain via an out-of-balance ANS and the brain responds with brain freeze or a volatile reaction. This is known as ‘cortical inhibition’. When our heart rhythms are actively-calm, our brain receives a message to the cortex (thinking brain) and our ideas and decision-making become easier and aligned to our true values. This is known as ‘cortical facilitation’. I have been practising meditation and yoga for over 30 years, but when I am stressed at the office I can’t lie down on my yoga mat, chill out or go into meditation. However, I have learnt very simple, evidence-based tools that I call on, to bring me into a state of balance. They also stop the stress hormones flooding my body, so that I can function at my best even at crucial moments (e.g. an important meeting).

The science behind it is complex, but the tools are so simple that you might think they could not possibly work. But they DO! If you would like to know more about the tools and techniques for building and sustaining a coherent workplace, or you individually want more poise, balance and harmony in your life, contact or go to for more info.

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