The Albany Peace Project is a 10 year research study designed to determine if an organized group of trained meditators creating a “coherent state” in their bodies and then focusing peaceful intention outwardly can measurably reduce local violence. Our hypothesis is that focused peaceful intention has real world impact, and dozens of prior research studies suggest it as well.
We are gathering data to determine if this approach can positively impact Albany, NY by gathering individuals who either already practice meditation or would be willing to receive free training via the internet to learn specific meditative skills designed to bring the nervous system into a state referred to as “coherence.” Intentional research supports that this coherent state, available to anyone who wants to learn how to access it, facilitates personal well-being, clarity, excellent decision making and optimal performance.
We all have access to this coherent space within ourselves, we just need to learn the reliable skills that enable it to emerge. The Albany Peace Project will offer you the specific skills to obtain coherence…for FREE!
Karin Reinhold, PhD, Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Albany, will review the violent crime history from the Albany Police Department to determine if our peaceful intentions have had an impact.
Prior research suggests the more people who participate, the greater measurable impact. Please help us in supporting this historic effort while significantly enhancing your own life.
APP Summary Goals
- 2,500 people commit to focused intention/meditation/prayer 15 minutes a day for the month of January 2016. Meditations are emailed to participants who enter their email in the blue box.
- Crime indicators (Assaults) will be measured and compared to statistics for the prior five years.
To join us and be a part of the historic Albany Peace Project (APP) enter your email in the orange box on the home page of this website. Please also LIKE us on Facebook.
When you participate, you will be able to “stay in the loop” and receive free video blogs, which will not only give project updates, but also offer insights on how to apply the latest findings of intentional research to create a more dynamic, fulfilling and happier life “off ” the meditation cushion as well.
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Note: the picture above is a graph from the research study cited below that documented as the number of meditators increased in the summer of 1993 in Washington DC, violent crime indicators simultaneously decreased.
Reference: Hagelin, J.S., Rainforth, M.V., Orme-Johnson, D.W., Cavanaugh, K. L., Alexander, C.N., Shatkin, S.F., Davies, J.L, Hughes, A.O, and Ross, E. 1999. Effects of group practice of the Transcendental Meditation program on preventing violent crime in Washington D.C.: Results of the National Demonstration Project, June-July, 1993. Social Indicators Research, 47(2): 153-201.