The Noble Role of Teachers:
Transforming Ourselves to Change the World
Study Session 12 – The Relevance of the Heart-Brain Connection for Authentic Happiness in the Classroom
We all know, both from our childhood memories and from observing ourself in our adult years engaged in challenging intellectual pursuits, that we learn better when we are happy. Anecdotal reports from teachers confirm that the unhappy child is seldom able to pay attention and concentrate well.
The aim of this Study Session is to become familiar with some of the more recent research studies examining the dynamic connection between the heart and the brain, and the effect of optimizing this mutual feedback loop on concentration, memory, wellbeing, sociability and other human factors, particularly in the school setting.
The Exercise – Step 1
On the internet, search for: Heart-Brain Archives – HeartMath Institute
The Exercise – Step 2
Under the blue picture of heartbeats on the Home page there is a heading, Heart-Brain Interactions. Click on Continue reading and make notes as you reflect on the information provided as to what might be relevant for teacher and student wellbeing and values education. Record your more important notes in your Journal.
The Exercise – Step 3
Continuing on from Step 2, at the end of the section on Heart-Brain Interactions, click on the last four words in the final paragraph (in blue), Science of the Heart. This will take you to Science of the Heart: Vol 1 (1993 – 2001).
The Exercise – Step 4
“As we learn to tap into our heart’s intelligence, it increases our vitality, our resilience and especially our health and happiness.”
— Rollin McCraty (2011)
Power of the Heart at www.heartmath.com
“One should not act on the impulse of the moment immediately when a thought occurs. The rights and wrongs of an idea should be examined and only when the heart approves of a certain course should action follow. This is the process of cultivating values. What the mind (head) thinks, should be examined critically by the heart and the right decision carried out by the hand. This should be the primary product of the educational process.“
— Sathya Sai Baba (1926 – 2011)