Seven Facts about the Albany Peace Project


1- A ten year Research Study
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. 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.


2- Every day of January
Our goal is to reach an average of 2,500 people committing to focused intention/meditation/prayer 15 minutes a day for the month of January 2016.

3- Daily guided meditations
Recorded guided Meditations, featuring a different meditation leader every day, are emailed to participants daily throughout the month of January. You do not even need to get out of your “jammies” to participate!

4- You pick the place and time and do what you can
The recorded meditations are just a click away and you decide where and when to sit and add your focused intentions to the combined efforts of all participants. Many report that simply knowing they are part of a large group of meditators with a common purpose helps them commit to the project daily. So whether you do all 31 days or just a few a week, with enough people doing what they can, we will be able to average a significant number of participants every day!

5- Not an Albany resident? Not a problem!
Although the goal of the project is to measure the impact of our focused intentions on crime indicators in Albany, you do not have to be a resident of the city of Albany to participate! Many of the organizers and volunteers who help with the Albany Peace Project are from neighboring cities and towns… We have had participants from beyond the capital district as well as from outside the Unites States!

6- Research backed Protocol
The Albany Peace Project protocol designed for this study utilizes the Institute of HeartMath‘s evidence based technique known as the Heart-Lock In®, which has shown to improve clarity, enhance decision making, and facilitate optimal functioning in many ways. Stanford University psychologist, Kelly McGonigal writes that meditation makes your mind a “willpower machine!” So, cultivate your willpower through meditation to make 2016 your year of great positive change.

7- It’s FREE and anyone can participate!
Experienced meditators are certainly welcome, but the guided meditations make it very easy for anyone with little or no experience to participate and reap the benefits of stillness and heart coherence!

Sign up today by filling the orange box on this page!