Integrative medicine

Meditation Expert Peter Amato Announced Competition For Meditation In Schools Training – Press Release – Digital Journal

Scranton, PA (PRWEB) May 18, 2013

In an attempt to teach children how to live peacefully and forge a better future, Meditation Master Peter Amato has announced he will bring a meditation program to five deserving schools throughout the country, a $250,000 value in training and materials. At absolutely no cost to the schools.

By making meditation a regular part of the school day, Amato said, young children and teens will be given the tools to reduce stress in their lives, and cope with competition, peer pressure, bullying and the violence all around them. “Key research findings in pilot and current school meditation programs included increases in calm in the classroom, increased attentiveness, increase in a desire to learn along with a strong retention span, and an increase in morale and socialization. Overall, teachers saw a sizeable increase in emotional balance with less behavioral issues and acting out.”

Amato launched a nationwide search for five schools that are interested in starting a meditation program and want to compete to receive the program training free. He is also seeking interested schools to participate on their own as well as individuals, businesses and major corporations to sponsor the program in their communities. The contest ends September 30, 2013. Five winners will be selected by an appointed committee from all eligible entries during the month of October 2013. However, interested schools and sponsors may sign up at any time before or after the contest ends.

To enter the competition, students, teachers, parents or administrators must submit a 200-word essay or three-minute video, in the most creative way possible, on why they deserve to be selected. This can easily be done at Amato’s website http://pathwaytopeace.org/ . The site also offers the capability to become a sponsor or be partnered with a sponsor.

“This is certainly not a one-person project,” Amato admits, “and government funding is not available.” So he is challenging private enterprise to join in and sponsor a school so teachers can be trained to give children a proven tool to help shift the future. “The goal, and the hope, is to have this collaboration become infectious, spreading throughout communities and corporate America so that students from every school in the country, whether public or private, inner city or rural, have the opportunity to benefit from meditative practices.”

Amato knows the program is effective as proven in a multi-year pilot program he developed and implemented under a U.S. Department of Education grant in the Scranton (Pennsylvania) School District. He developed a qualitative research methodology to measure the attributes and benefits of the program. A qualitative case study methodology was then added to develop a mixed method research approach.

Are you willing to accept the challenge? The benefits reach everyone, so sign up now to enter the competition or to get help in getting started at http://pathwaytopeace.org/ .

Peter Amato is a trailblazer who possesses the innate ability to anticipate new paradigms in a changing marketplace, leading him to become a founding partner in several national businesses. Inspired by personal growth and the realization for the need for a higher standard within healthcare, he established the Inner Harmony Wellness Center and the Center for Integrative Medicine which is recognized as one of the first and foremost authentic centers for integrative medicine in the nation. A meditation and yoga master, with certifications from Deepak Chopra, MD Jon Kabat-Zinn, Ph.D. and Yogi Amrit Desai, Peter was the first to introduce a Meditation in School program and publish the results. Peter is the author of the book “Soul Silence” which explores one’s relationship to prayer and meditation, as well as numerous articles on mindfulness. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in mind-body medicine at Saybrook University. A student of many global healing systems, Peter is an in-demand speaker who has motivated audiences across the world.

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Study Shows How Prayer, Meditation Affect Brain Activity (VIDEO)

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How do prayer and meditation affect brain activity? Dr. Andrew Newberg, MD, is the Director of Research at the Myrna Brind Center for Integrative Medicine at Thomson Jefferson University Hospital and Medical College, and he has studied the neuroscientific effect of religious and spiritual experiences for decades.

In a video that recently aired on “Through the Wormhole” narrated by Morgan Freeman on the TV channel Science, Dr. Newberg explains that to study the effect of meditation and prayer on the brain, he injects his subjects with a harmless radioactive dye while they are deep in prayer / meditation. The dye migrates to the parts of the brain where the blood flow is the strongest, i.e,. to the most active part of the brain.

The image below compares brain activity at rest and while the subject (a Presbyterian minister is shown in the video) is in deep prayer.

prayer meditation brain

The red part indicates greater activity, and in this case, increased activity is observed in the frontal lobes and the language area of the brain. This is the part of the brain that activates during conversation, and Dr. Newberg believes that for the brain, praying to God in the Judeo-Christian tradition is similar to talking to people. “When we study Buddhist meditation where they are visualizing something, we might expect to see a change or increased activity in the visual part of the brain,” Dr. Newberg said.

While observing atheists meditating or “contemplating God,” Dr. Newberg did not observe any of the brain activity in the frontal lobe that he observed in religious people. The image below compares brain activity at rest and while the subject is in deep meditation.

prayer meditation brain

Dr. Newberg concludes that all religions create neurological experiences, and while God is unimaginable for atheists, for religious people, God is as real as the physical world. “So it helps us to understand that at least when they [religious people] are describing it to us, they are really having this kind of experience… This experience is at least neurologically real.”

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Meditation is going mainstream | abc7chicago.com

Sylvia Perez

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January 24, 2013 (WLS) — Your mind as medication. How you can reshape your brain to deal with pain and other problems.

It’s low tech and it doesn’t cost much and now meditation is going mainstream.

So forget any preconceived notions you just might have this gentle practice.

More doctors are now prescribing it almost as a medication to help with healing and more.

Tiffany Bullard is in full nesting mode. The 31-year-old costume designer and her director husband are about to welcome their first child, but it’s been a difficult journey. Bullard miscarried twice.

Unsure of where she was mentally and physically she turned to meditation.

“I thought maybe this is what I need to get back on track so I can heal,” she said.

She took a class at Northwestern Integrative Medicine, where doctors work meditation into their clinical care to alleviate physical and emotional symptoms.

Its gaining respect in the medical community as more research reveals this practice of calming the mind and focusing isn’t just an exercise in self-indulgence. It can actually bring real changes to the brain.

“The use of meditation is based on hard-nosed science,” said Dr. Melinda Ring, internist, Northwestern Integration Medicine. “It is amazing the capacity of our brain this organ has for change.”

These changes seem to promote higher levels of well-being and resilience.

Imaging shows meditation can allow the brain to make new connections even grow new neurons in this state.

It’s called neuroplasticity.

“It’s not instead of their medication or instead of surgery its and adjunct to those it may help prevent some disease and it may help decrease the need for pain medications or sleep aids,” said Dr. Ring.

Medical conditions that get worse with stress seem to respond best, but experts say any illness can benefit, including anxiety disorders, depression, cancer pain, high blood pressure, heart disease and inflammatory problems such as asthma or psoriasis.

“Paying attention to you what’s happening internally your thoughts were your mind is your emotions what’s happening physically to you,” said Dr. Maggie Crowley, clinical psychologist, Northwestern Integration Medicine.

So how does it work?

There are many types and techniques.

This approach called guided mindful meditation consists of continuously focusing attention on the breath, bodily sensations and mental state.

“It can really I think just create change your breathing changes your temperature changes your mood changes,” Bullard said.

Bullard says just six weeks into her class and she was pregnant.

She can’t prove meditation was the reason but she’s convinced it’s making a difference in her life.

A recent government panel review of 34 meditation trials found it can reduce chronic and acute pain.

The evidence is weaker on the effects of stress and anxiety, but the committee says there still were benefits.

Meditation two times a day for 20 minutes is recommended, but experts say even taking five minutes out of a hectic day will have benefits.

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