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6 February 2017
Arnaud Delorme

The amount of research and scientific literature on meditation has increased exponentially in the past 15 years, and today we find significant interest in meditation research at major universities and medical facilities worldwide.

While meditation research has become ubiquitous, the term meditation is often used broadly, in a manner that reflects neither the richness of the underlying traditions nor the multitude of meditation practices that exist. This has led to both confusion and lack of clarity in the results of meditation research.

30 January 2017
Communications Team

If you are looking for some inspiration in this changing civil and political climate, here is a video from our newest fellow, Dr. Michael Sapiro.  Presented to the Idaho Air National Guard's 124th Fighter Wing after a return from a 6 month combat deployment to Turkey, Michael talks about Edgar Mitchell returning from the moon, Felix Baumgartner free-falling from the stratosphere, and his grandparents emergence from trauma, to inspire a roomful of 300 airmen and women to live up to their unlimited human potential.

27 January 2017
Mollie Robertson

Empathy is not a passive emotion. While we are born with the potential for empathy, it must also not only be learned, but actively practiced to maintain the ability to understand and appreciate things from someone else’s perspective. It requires an open mind, a strong social trust, and engaging in meaningful conversations.

17 January 2017
Communications Team

The purpose of this study is to learn whether people who experience psychic abilities share certain genetic similarities.

We are currently looking for participants who feel they, and their family members, DO NOT have psychic abilities. The reason we need people with absolutely no ability is so we can compare their genetics to people who do have abilities. This will help us see if there are any genetic components related to psychic ability.

Take our survey to help us with the first-ever, world-wide investigation of the genetics of psychic ability!

16 January 2017
Drew Dellinger

This January, like the one before and the one after, we will see a flurry of quotes and memes and videos that will largely constitute our celebration of Martin Luther King Day. But this particular January—perhaps more than ever—we need to move beyond that superficial encounter with King to a deeper engagement with his vision, and come face-to-face with the challenge to each of us, and the nation, that Martin Luther King represents.

30 December 2016
Communications Team

Research into the brain has revealed that gratitude is a social emotion; it is an experience of a deeper sense of connection and trust that transforms us. In giving thanks, we shift our perspective; we free ourselves from fear and stress, and open our hearts to opportunity, potential, and happiness.

In this time of uncertainty, looking into the future, we want to recognize this unifying emotion and give attention to its transformative power.

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