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Do you ever H.A.L.T. to help yourself? Friday March 21, 2014

"The real value of the acronym 'H.A.L.T.' is that when you are Hungry, Angry, Lonely, or Tired, it's best not to make any important decisions about what to do, where to go, or your direction in life."

I find this quote can be very helpful in ensuring that when I am not in the best 'place' I either do not make any important decisions or more often, involve trusted others if a decision is required to be made due to a certain timescale.

It is now well researched, as I have said before, that there are more 'messages' sent from the heart to the head than the head to the heart and as our hearts are the primary source of how we feel, they influence how we act.

The emotional state we are in, will always 'colour' and even reduce our thinking. If we are upset, annoyed or disturbed, the strong signals from our heart to our brain will close down crucial parts of our thinking capacity and capability. The decisions we will then make will not involve some of our higher brain capacity and will often be far poorer in the bigger picture of things.

The classic case is when we are angry and our emotions take over and we say something or make a decision which quite clearly we later regret.

There are tools around which can be purchased (e.g. Heartmath) which I use and is great for this, as it visually shows in real time, what state our heart is in - as we often need this feedback to become more self aware. I sometimes work with people and offer the thought that they cannot speak unless they are in green (high heart coherence). In this 'state' they are using all of their natural capabilities, intellect, intuition et al and will therefore make the best decision they can as a complete human-being.

We see this demonstrated in a physical sense when a sports person will demonstrate 'great balance' to do something quite special - they are in full control of their body, aware of all its parts and can thus do something quite unique with that full body self awareness.

What can you do to practice being more self-aware, fully mindfull of your thoughts and feelings?

How balanced are you when you make decisions?

Maybe use H.A.L.T. as a tool to keep yourself more in balance and avoid poor decisions which in hindsight we find were not helpful.

Les
A Moodscope member.

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Anonymous Fri, Mar 21st 2014 @ 10:10am

This is a great acronym, and one which I'll use in the future - many thanks!

Anonymous Fri, Mar 21st 2014 @ 12:53pm

The HALT is great – I am going to remember that.

I am slightly dubious about the Heartmath however, a friend is into it and on investigating it I found various sceptics sites that listed Heartmath as a dubious organisation and noted that some of the folks who are involved with Heartmath have been connected with scams previously. There is good research regarding the usefulness of the biorhythms and the beneficial effects to health and mental health through using them though, which is good, but I am suspect of the Heartmath organisation itself.

Richard Fri, Mar 21st 2014 @ 4:45pm

Thankyou once again, Les. A concise, useful and interesting blog.

Les Fri, Mar 21st 2014 @ 6:30pm

Hi Anonymous

I brought the CEO of Heartmath over to Scotland for a conference a few years ago - he performed well and also had meetings with NHS Scotland where the product is also used.

I would be sceptical of sceptics ;-)

I have used it now for about 10 years - it really helps me and others I have introduced to it - especially with depression. I have no relationship with them at all - I simply use it.

There could of course be unscrupulous people who attempt to 'sell' Heartmath - as they have a business qualifying trainers etc....

I simply use it and believe in it - as a tool.

Maybe look at the product and less on the people (who may or may not be connected with Heartmath) - as it is the former you could use and benefit from.. Their free webinars have also been very useful.

Enjoy whatever you use.........and have that H.A.L.T. ready to hand :-)

Les

Anonymous Sat, Mar 22nd 2014 @ 8:38am

Yes as I said "There is good research regarding the usefulness of the biorhythms and the beneficial effects to health and mental health through using them though, which is good, but I am suspect of the Heartmath organisation itself" - so happy with the product but not necessarily the people.

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