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Howard Martin Howard Martin vice president. dynamic speaker. ticker tracker.

As HeartMath's Executive Vice President, Strategic Development, Howard Martin has been instrumental in developing the business. He's delivered HeartMath's practical, dynamic programs to thousands of participants worldwide. [www.heartmath.org]

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Early on in my life I had a couple of realizations that have guided me through what I’ve done. One is that life is about continuous growth. The purpose and meaning of life is to improve, grow, change, adapt, and do something that advances me along the way. The second realization was that it also needs to be about service to others. Everything, even in nature, grows and changes and adapts and leaves something behind so those coming after can grow and change and adapt better. When giving back is run through the intelligence of the heart, it avoids being only ambition and becomes a deeper service to others.

When I was 21, I met Doc Childre, who went on to found the Institute of HeartMath. He introduced me to a new understanding of heart and we explored that intelligence we all have inside, that we’re born with but that gets drowned out by the roar of ambition and survival. It’s the place inside where we find the ability to do things we usually can’t. It’s intuitive and high-speed. It’s the source of our true self and how we connect to others, to what’s going on inside, and to something larger than ourselves.

The HeartMath system isn’t only about the science – the science just supports the rest of it. It’s about heartcentric techniques designed to help us make a quick turnaround within ourselves, from judging to self-acceptance.

My next frontier is to take what I’ve learned to the next octave in consciousness, to quicken my turnaround time. That gets into looking more deeply at my own vanities and the parts of myself I’ve started to work on but haven’t completed. Like, do I appreciate openly, even when it’s not convenient?

I use HeartMath techniques to allow myself to observe what’s going on so I see more deeply into it. Then I use them to go to a place in myself where I move from seeing myself as bad to accepting and having compassion for myself. If I do something I’m not happy with, how quickly I can process it and bounce back? What I use as my measuring stick for growth is not whether I get things right all the time – nobody does, but the length of that bounce-back time and making it quicker. For me, that’s what shows me whether I’m being the man I want to be.

The heart’s intelligence provides is a sense of self-security. And with that, I have no problem being vulnerable.

– Howard Martin

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