Dem Dry Bones is the title of a song by the Delta Rhythm Boys, which includes the following lyrics:
The toe bone connected to the heel bone,
The heel bone connected to the foot bone,
The foot bone connected to the leg bone,
The leg bone connected to the knee bone,
The knee bone connected to the thigh bone,
The thigh bone connected to the back bone,
The back bone connected to the neck bone,
The neck bone connected to the head bone,
Oh, hear the word of the Lord!
One thing that isn't included in this list is how the heart is connected to and communicates with the brain.
- Biophysically. Take your pulse right now. Have you got it? Good! What you are feeling is a pressure wave that sends information to your brain.
- Neurologically. Your nervous system is like a sophisticated telephone system with messages travelling rapidly along its path, regulating blood pressure, adrenal function and body fluid retention.
- Biochemically. ANF or “the balance hormone” is secreted to positively affect reproductive and immune system function. It also inhibits the release of the stress hormones.
- Electromagnetically. The electromagnetic field of your heart is 5000 times greater than that of your brain. Every cell in your body is receiving information via this field. This energy is also measured outside your body in an 8 foot radius. You affect everyone and everything in that field.
Based on the information it receives, the brain then decides which chemical changes are necessary. The perception that one is under attack (stress) causes a very different process to take place than when one is feeling safe.
Start paying attention to the type of signals you are sending and receiving. Positive signals positively affect your emotional, mental and physical health. Negative signals create stress. What are the words of your heart?