It’s been known for some time that the brain and the heart have a close relationship. Ongoing studies at the Institute of HeartMath have shown that there is a critical link between these two organs and that they are in constant two-way dialogue. In fact, the heart sends more information to the brain than the brain sends to the heart. The heart responds to your emotional and mental reactions. Specific emotions create stress in the brain, body, and heart. When you experience anger, for example, your heart-rhythm patterns become more erratic; erratic heart rhythms block your ability to think clearly. These erratic patterns are sent to the brain, which perceives them as negative stress. Consistently experiencing irritation, anger or frustration can put a strain on the heart, brain, and immune system, eventually leading to serious health problems. Of course the reverse is also true. More on that tomorrow.