A workshop next week will introduce an approach to controlling stress and harnessing the power of intuition to make better decisions.
Native Kentuckian Chris Walling, now based in California, will help teach the concepts developed at the HeartMath Institute, which has explored the connection between the heart and the brain for nearly 25 years.
According to the institute website, HeartMath's approach has been discussed in journals including the Harvard Business Review, The American Journal of Cardiology and Stress Medicine: "While many researchers today hold that it is our perception of events, not the actual events themselves that cause most of our stress, HeartMath's studies show that it is our emotional responses to our perceptions of events that cause much of our unhealthful stress levels."
Walling, who graduated from East Jessamine High School and earned a bachelor's at UK, worked for six years as a coordinator and administrator at UK HealthCare. In 2009 he moved to California, where he recently completed a doctorate in clinical psychology.
His research into building resilience and increasing energy led him to the HeartMath Institute. Walling says workshop participants will learn practical tools and strategies to strengthen resiliency and improve decision-making. They will leave "with concrete practices that increase well-being, mental clarity and emotional stability."