I just saw this amazing heart-monitoring readout, showing the heart-rhythm pattern of someone feeling frustration compared to appreciation, shared by an organization called HearthMath® Institute. They recommend breathing with a focus on the heart area, using the imagination to breathe through the heart, and activating positive feeling–all tools that qigong’s Inner Smile Meditation practice has used for centuries.

We always smile to the heart first in the Inner Smile Meditation, even if our class focus is with another organ. In qigong it is believed that the heart is the leader of all of the other organs and all 12 channel networks.

So, you see, when I ask you in class to smile to your heart, it is a powerful practice I am suggesting–one that science is beginning to measure.


© Sandra Tonn

HeartMath Appreciation Tool and Exercises