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Four Heartbeats

I know I've said this before- but I just had the coolest day at work. I got to work on a mama with twins (27 weeks). Every time I'm just in awe thinking about all four of our heartbeats in the cozy wellness room…    

 image from the baby center.com

image from the baby center.com

 

As a result I learned this: 1. The fetal heart rate is approximately twice as fast as an adult’s, at about 150 beats per minute. 2. By the time a fetus is 12 weeks old, its heart pumps an amazing 60 pints of blood a day. 3. The heart generates the largest electromagnetic field in the body. The electrical field as measured in an electrocardiogram (ECG) is about 60 times greater in amplitude than the brain waves recorded in an electroencephalogram (EEG).  How cool is that?

That same day that I was in the inquiry about all things 'heart'… my friend posted this quote~ 

“Love is a decision - not an emotion!” 
― Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching

It sparked an interesting conversation from many others about emotions, love, the heart, the brain, where it all love 'comes from', where decisions are sparked and the choice we have in the involvement of it all.  Comments about the heart being full of neurons, and the hormonal triggers expressed, and that love can be like a vibration and an action...

Needless to say it was an interesting day and contemplation on the heart and all the complexities that go along with it. 

"A loving heart is the beginning of all knowledge."

Thomas Carlyle