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Most people know what it feels like to be in a state of harmony and flow. Where our hearts and minds are working together and there’s a genuine connection with others involved. It’s easy to love this experience of synergy, but oftentimes this happens by chance, rather than by design or intention. Wouldn’t it be nice to produce this flow on demand in our day-to-day communications, projects and challenges?
The human body doesn’t discriminate between a BIG stress or a little one. Regardless of the significance, stress affects the body in predictable ways. I train people and organisations to increase their resilience by implementing tools, techniques and technology developed by the Institute of HeartMath. Research has proven that this method reduces stress and helps you gain more balance, fulfillment, health and performance.
Inner-Balance - anti stress | Dirk Terpstra

HOW CAN I HELP YOU?

 Personal HeartMath Mentoring | Dirk Terpstra

PERSONALIZED MENTORING

Are you looking to gain more balance, fulfillment, health and performance? LEARN MORE

HeartMath Organization | Dirk Terpstra

ORGANIZATION PERFORMANCE

Do you want to increase resilience in your organization and transform your workforce? LEARN MORE

HeartMath Events | Dirk Terpstra

INSPIRE YOUR AUDIENCE

Transform people’s lives with education about the intelligence of the heart. LEARN MORE

THE PURPOSE

HeartMath connects us with the heart – who we truly are – helping us to live healthier, happier and more fulfilling lives while building a brighter future.

Inner Balance & emWave Technology

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 HeartMath emWave2 | Dirk Terpstra

emWAVE2

Simple-to-use mobile technology helps you achieve personal coherence. MORE

HeartMath Inner Balance | Dirk Terpstra

INNER BALANCE

Innovative self-monitoring & training system for iPhone, iPad and iTouch. MORE

HeartMath emWave Pro | Dirk Terpstra

emWAVE PRO

Multi-user desktop stress relief system, ideal for health professionals & families. MORE

HeartMath stress reduction | Dirk Terpstra

BENEFITS

Improvements in mental & emotional well-being in over 5,500 people in just 6-9 weeks using HeartMath training and technology:

– 50% drop in fatigue
– 46% drop in anxiety
– 60% drop in depression
– 24% improvement in the ability to focus
– 25% improvement in listening ability
– 30% improvement in sleep

HeartMath scientifically monitors your emotional and physical health – and helps you improve it.

THE SCIENCE OF HEART

Changing heart rhythms | Dirk Terpstra Since 1991, the HeartMath Institute has researched and developed reliable, scientifically based tools to help people bridge the connection between their hearts and minds, and deepen their connection with the hearts of others. HeartMath’s research shows how emotions change our heart rhythm patterns. Positive emotions create coherent heart rhythms, which look like rolling hills – it’s a smooth and ordered pattern. In contrast, negative emotions create chaotic, erratic patterns. Using a heart rhythm monitor, you can actually see your heart rhythms change in real time as you shift from stressful emotions like anger or anxiety to positive feelings like care or appreciation. Coherent heart rhythm patterns facilitate higher brain function, whereas negative emotions inhibit a person’s ability to think clearly. Coherent heart rhythms also create a feeling of solidity and security. Scientific research also shows that our heart emits an electromagnetic field that changes according to our emotions. This electromagnetic field, can be measured up to several feet away from our body and therefore not only impacts our own physiological and psychological state, but our electromagnetic field also influences the well-being of other people. As a certified HeartMath Trainer, it’s my passion to teach you everything about the intelligence of the heart and effective ways to bring your body systems into synchronous operation allowing you to move through life in a state of ease.

“Heart focused breathing has helped me immensely. I have been working with Dirk for some months now – I am more relaxed, better able to handle stressful situations, and much happier in my all-round wellbeing. I have had many years of stressful living to release and couldn’t have done it without this method.”

Jaki Meeks

COHERENCE – A STATE OF OPTIMAL FUNCTION

Hert coherence | Dirk TerpstraThe Institute of HeartMath’s research has shown that generating sustained positive emotions facilitates a body-wide shift to a specific, scientifically measurable state. This state is termed psychophysiological coherence, because it is characterized by increased order and harmony in both our psychological (mental and emotional) and physiological (bodily) processes. Psychophysiological coherence is the state of optimal function. Research shows that when we activate this state, our physiological systems function more efficiently, we experience greater emotional stability, and we also have increased mental clarity and improved cognitive function. Simply stated, our body and brain work better, we feel better, and we perform better.

Heart Rate Variability | Dirk Terpstra

STATE OF COHERENCE

We have the capacity to re-synchronize our body systems by creating a state of Coherence and thus improving our mental focus, emotional stability and physical resilience. This allows us to operate in a more efficient manner in all areas of life. The diagram on the left illustrates some physiological patterns before and after inducing a state of Coherence.

Mooji quote Heart | Dirk Terpstra

HEART-BRAIN CONNECTION

Most of us have been taught in school that the heart is constantly responding to “orders” sent by the brain in the form of neural signals. However, it is not as commonly known that the heart actually sends more signals to the brain than the brain sends to the heart! Moreover, these heart signals have a significant effect on brain function—influencing emotional processing as well as higher cognitive faculties such as attention, perception, memory, and problem-solving. In other words, not only does the heart respond to the brain, but the brain continuously responds to the heart.

YOUR HEART’S RHYTHM

The heart at rest was once thought to operate much like a metronome, faithfully beating out a regular, steady rhythm. Scientists and physicians now know, however, that this is far from the case. Rather than being monotonously regular, the rhythm of a healthy heart—even under resting conditions—is actually surprisingly irregular, with the time interval between consecutive heartbeats constantly changing. This naturally occurring beat-to-beat variation in heart rate is called heart rate variability (HRV).

RHYTHMS AND EMOTIONS

Many factors influence the heart rate variability. One of the most powerful factors that affects our heart’s changing rhythm is our feelings and emotions. When our varying heart rate is plotted over time, the overall shape of the waveform produced is called the heart rhythm pattern. Emotional stress, like emotions such as anger, frustration, and anxiety, gives rise to heart rhythm patterns that appear irregular and erratic: the HRV waveform looks like a series of uneven, jagged peaks. When we experience uplifting emotions such as appreciation, joy, care, and love, our heart rhythm pattern becomes highly ordered, looking like a smooth, harmonious wave.

Shift from frustration to appreciation | Dirk Terpstra
HeartMath globally recognized | Dirk Terpstra

THE QUICK COHERENCE TECHNIQUE

Below, you see the two most important steps to start generating a more coherent heart pattern. Try to find a quiet space where you won’t be disturbed and practice this simple, yet effective and powerful exercise. During my workshops I explain in much more detail the effects of a coherent heart in our daily lives. You also get the chance to experiment with the professional equipment and read your own graph. In the mean time, you can order your own heart coherence device in the online store.

STEP 1:

HEART-FOCUSED BREATHING

Focus your attention in the area of the heart. Imagine your breath is flowing in and out of your heart or chest area, breathing a little slower and deeper than usual. SUGGESTION: Inhale 5 seconds, exhale 5 seconds (or whatever rhythm is comfortable). Putting your attention around the heart area helps you center and get coherent.

Heart breathing | Dirk Terpstra

STEP 2:

ACTIVATE A POSITIVE FEELING

Make a sincere attempt to experience a regenerative feeling such as appreciation or care for someone or something in your life. SUGGESTION: Try to re-experience the feeling you have for someone you love, a pet, a special place, an accomplishment, etc., or focus on a feeling of calm or ease.

Dirk’s articles about the Heart:
Interview (audio) with Gregg Braden: Resilience from the Heart
Interview with Howard Martin, Exec. VP HeartMath – The Intelligence of the Heart
Interview with Howard Martin, Exec. VP HeartMath – Find your True Heart’s Purpose
Interview with Cardiologist Dr. Cynthia Thaik – Your Vibrant Heart

*HeartMath is a registered trademark of the Institute of HeartMath. Quick Coherence is a registered trademark of Doc Childre. Inner-Ease and Heart-Focused Breathing are trademarks of Doc Childre. emWave and Inner Balance are a trademark of Quantum Intech, Inc.

Source: Institute of HeartMath

Secret to Life

I believe that the secret to life lies in hitting the breaks, really slowing down and learning to understand ourselves better. You can only be at peace and feel fulfilled, when you are honest with yourself and start closing the gap between who you appear to be and who you really are. You will then discover that you are beautiful.

– Dirk Terpstra

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RECOGNITION

"Simply a deep thank you for the experience this weekend. Your display of wisdom, care and love was amazing. I am so grateful that you helped us transform ourselves in the pyramid. What a treat it was to experience the retreat inside this mystic location."

Francis Piche

Century 21 In Town Realty

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