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Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer – Transcendence and Transformation

Transcendence and Transformation

 

Dear Explorer,

Ok, so I didn’t want to write about COVID again and took some time off, and wouldn’t you know it? We caught a virus. Yes, as many of you may have already heard, Hemi-Sync® has gone viral in the past few months.

I’ll quickly summarize for those who may be new to the story. It all started with a handful of TikTok influencers re-discovering the now famous Analysis and Assessment of Gateway Process, a 1983 report by the Department of the Army, which is now available on the CIA’s website. It’s an extraordinary document which details one intelligence officer’s experience using Hemi-Sync® while attending the Gateway Voyage at The Monroe Institute and his theories of how it might be working, which extends to the underlying nature of all reality. It’s a tour de force of psychology, philosophy, esoterica, physics and quantum physics.

While the report has been circulating for some time among those “in the know,” it’s only truly been in the public domain since 2017 and has just gained widespread recognition recently. The TikTok videos have garnered tens of millions of views and led to feature articles in Vice and The Daily Mail, among others. We’ve linked to them in a previous post, if you’re curious.

We’ve seen a lot of increased interest in The Gateway Experience®, and Hemi-Sync® in general, as a result. I’ve always said that the zeitgeist is like the operating system of human consciousness, so the more we “get it out there,” as Bob Monroe instructed, the more we can participate in and effectuate the evolution of humankind. In particular we’re excited by the influx of young people who have discovered us. These are the ones who will ultimately carry this work forward, just as we all now succeed Bob, and the many others that led the way.

It is often the more sensational accounts of experiences with Hemi-Sync® which draw people to us, especially newcomers. But there will be no transformation of humanity without the transformation of the individual…of you and me. While the transcendent experiences may set us on the path, or greatly accelerate our journey on it, the process of transformation, of bringing about change in our daily lives, is where the rubber meets the road. The former involves transcending our layers of conditioning, the latter relates to working with them. Under my tenure, it has been one of my goals to produce more content that is helpful in this regard.

New Releases

Getting to Know Your True Nature by Suzanne Giesemann, with music by Jim Oliver, is our latest offering in this effort. Awakening need not be a lengthy journey filled with effort. It can happen in an instant, when the layers of conditioning are seen for what they are. Track 1 of this album is a means to de-condition the human thought patterns of separation, replacing these with concepts the soul already knows. We recommend listening to this exercise as often as necessary as the layers of conditioning dissolve. Track 2 is a free flow experience, with brief introduction, which invites you to rest in pure awareness during the extended periods of silence.

Back on the transcendent front, Out of the Blue is a powerful new musical experience from Don Peyote that leads you on a journey through time and space. Beginning with grounding and driving rhythms, you move into softer electronic ambient melodies, morphing into electronic rock, and on to a more period-sounding melody. Next, as if floating in space, the sounds of ocean mixed with dramatic ambient melodies prepare you to enter a more celestial realm of dreamy music and etheric voices. Finally, it brings you back to ground with steady chords and nature elements, ending with a gentle Spanish-flavored guitar piece to complete your experience. As you can probably tell, this is quite a trip. He’s not called Don Peyote for nothing!

Journey into Your Heart Musical Score with Hemi-Sync®, an uplifting and healing musical voyage to the center of your soul, is our latest Metamusic® release from Barry Goldstein. This piece was created from the musical score which served as the backdrop for a guided meditation by intuitive guide Lee Harris. The gentle and tranquil ambient textures, with a skillfully executed woven blend of violin, piano, and other instruments, will help you sustain a profound meditative state for expanding and evolving the spiritual heart – where your true self resides.

Many of you may be familiar with Micah Sadigh; he is the creator of several Hemi-Sync® albums, perhaps most notably, Inner Journey. We were touched to recently receive this message from him:

“…it was right before Christmas when I was paging through a book when I can across Bob’s picture. I took the picture when I did the Gateway Voyage at TMI.  It did not feel like an accident. It was shortly after meeting Bob (Monroe) that I composed Inner Journey. I can’t explain it, but it was as if he was asking me to help the Institute in some way.  The experience inspired me to compose and record the attached piece of music,  A Distant Starit depicts a journey, a Far Journey!”

Micah was kind enough to gift this piece of music to us, so we are now offering A Distant Star as a Flying Man Records® release. All proceeds will go to support scholarships to Gateway Voyage at The Monroe Institute.

Finally, we’re pleased to follow up last year’s Flying Man Records® release of The Winds of Spirit with a Metamusic® rendition this month. The Winds of Spirit with Hemi-Sync® by Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig offers an opportunity to penetrate deeply into the dimensions of silence and space. Byron’s steady percussive magic, and Mark’s mesmerizing Bansuri flutes conveys a sense of the winds of Spirit gently blowing through the entire sonic landscape – in much the same way it does through our lives. Immerse yourself in the flow of existence with a calm sense of trust that carries you home. Additional musical support from Dashmesh and Paul Casper – along with powerful Hemi-Sync® frequencies – provides heart-centered sonic support for extended meditation practices, massage and body work, entheogenic and empathogenic exploration.

Hemi-Sync® Unlimited App

We just unveiled the biggest refresh of the Hemi-Sync® Unlimited service (monthly and annual) since it was first launched roughly two years ago, so be sure to check it out! For the first time ever, you can now create your own custom Hemi-Sync® with our new Mixer feature. We’ve made this available in response to popular request, so we’ll keep adding to it if you like it.

Free Stuff

Our next free Hemi-Sync® Meditation Group  will be on May 29that 1:00 PM Pacific Time. We’ll be working with Senses Initiated Lucid Dreaming (SILD) by Luigi Sciambarella, as well as Völuspa, the epic Norse creation myth poem—a powerful journey of death, destruction and renewal ever present in the human psyche. As an added bonus, Luigi will be making a special guest appearance to set SILD up for us. Not to be missed!

If you enjoy meeting as a group over Zoom, want to dive deeper, or if you’re one of the millions of people that have recently found us and could benefit from some instruction in how to better use Hemi-Sync®, please consider my upcoming Explorers Wanted® Workshop. It’s the first, and possibly the only time I’ll be offering it this year. Early bird pricing is available now.

See you in Home or along the way,

Garrett

Garrett H. Stevens
Chairman & President
Interstate Industries, Inc. d/b/a Hemi-Sync®

#betheheroofyourownjourney
#explorerswanted!
#toolsforconsciousness

 

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Hemi-Sync® Goes Viral!

In a series of video posts that went viral on TikTok, beginning in mid-January, which recount the famous report entitled “Analysis of the Gateway Process” authored by the Department of the Army, and now hosted on the CIA’s website, Hemi-Sync® has seen a surge of interest. The social media frenzy was further augmented by an article in VICE on February 16th.

Activity seemed to reach a crescendo (at least for now) when it was picked up the Daily Mail on February 17th.

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Hemi-Sync® Unlimited – Interview with Garrett Stevens

from App of the Day website – appoftheday.downloadastro.com

Did you have any prior development or coding experience?

No.

What was the most challenging aspect of developing mobile app?

Definitely having no previous experience and managing a team of developers that essentially speak a different language.

Name a few of your favorite apps and reason you love them.

Outside of Hemi-Sync® Unlimited, Spotify and Twitter are the apps I use the most. I love Spotify’s Discover Weekly algorithm. I’ve found a lot of great new music there. Twitter is like a fully customized newsfeed.

How long have you been working on this app?

About three years. We released the MVP in 2018 and have pushed several iterative improvements since then.

What need of the user did you have in mind when developing this app?

There were essentially two primary use cases:
1) to provide users with a large array of Hemi-Sync® guided meditations and music at an affordable cost and
2) to automatically sync user purchases from our website (hemi-sync.com) with their mobile devices.

In what way do you think your app is better than similar apps on the market? Please describe in detail what innovation you think you bring and what you are proud of in your app.

The differentiator is really in Hemi-Sync® itself, the app is just a vehicle for delivering it. We offer a proprietary audio guidance technology combined with meticulously crafted audio products to help people meditate, relax, sleep and concentrate and generally lead a better life.

What are your future plans and expected features of the coming new versions of this app?

Within the next month, we plan to release a new version that includes a mixer, thereby introducing a third use case: custom Hemi-Sync®. Users will be able to combine their desired frequencies with whatever accompanying sound files they like (pink noise, surf sound, rain, etc.) and control the timing of each element.

Assuming new users of your app are reading this page. What do you want to ask them to do (contact you about X, Share the app, etc.)?

Please just check it out. You can get 7 days for only 99 cents. If you like it, we hope you’ll stick around and share it with your friends.

 

 

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Q&A: Suzanne Giesemann on Getting to Know Your True Self

Evidential psychic medium Suzanne Giesemann takes us into her deepest Hemi-Sync® exercise yet – Getting to Know Your True Nature – as she invites you to explore who you are without your “story.” All phenomena are simply arisings in awareness, while we become aware of awareness itself.

If you find this useful, please like it, share it up, leave a comment and check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/hemisync.
If you would like to see more podcasts that aren’t specifically related to our new products, please consider supporting our podcast Patreon page and enjoy discounts on this website as a supporting patron.

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Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer – Hope

HOPE

Dear Explorer,
It’s time to mark the end of a most unusual year. Naturally, we are filled with feelings of hope and optimism as the calendar turns, but perhaps even more so at the end of 2020. With conditions so challenging for so many, and the promise of a vaccine here or on the horizon, what lies ahead seems much more appealing that what is here now. That is the essence of hope. Indeed, hope can be very difficult to let go of…it may not even occur to us that it’s something we should release. Often our desires are not being met, or they are met only briefly, but hope holds out the prospect of re-doubling our efforts. We may tell ourselves “next time” or “we’re getting there,” “don’t give up.” Hope has a palliative, soothing quality…a sense of “it will be OK.” This future orientation, which may often be dressed up as “goals,” solidifies our sense of self and identity. But what this outlook may be covering up is the reality that we don’t want to just sit down and be with ourselves.

So let’s all pause for a moment before moving on, shall we? Let’s take this time to recognize our resilience in the face of what we have endured, or perhaps even lost this year. We’re still here, and there is nothing we actually need to do. What if you aren’t the “Doer”? How will things get done? We don’t like to think about that…it feels helpless.

When we simply stay with our experience and deeply relax, we may enter into that state where we are more than we typically perceive ourselves to be. It is here that we may have the sense of being held…softly, lovingly, sweetly, delicately. It holds our suffering, emotional and psychological pain. This is the true, inner experience of what hope only offers a whiff of.

New Releases
We attempted to facilitate this experience earlier this year with Jonn Serrie’s Celestial Love, and again more recently with a series of exercises titled Journeys into Stillness, which we produced with the incomparable Eckhart Tolle for Sounds True. These are foundational meditations intended to bring you more fully into the present moment, and what Eckhart calls Presence. This album is available exclusively through Sounds True.

Closer to home, our second album with hypno-psychotherapist and personal development/meditation teacher Luigi Sciambarella debuted this month. Senses Initiated Lucid Dreaming offers our take on the popular lucid dreaming technique, also known as the “Cycling Technique.” This involves a process of creating a cycle which consists of exploring each of your primary senses of sight, hearing and touch. It works by making your mind focus on your surroundings so that when you enter sleep again you are more likely to have a lucid dream. For more on this method, as well as a broader discussion of meditation and psychotherapy in the time of COVID, be sure to check out Episode 27 of the Hemi-Sync® podcast.

The epic Norse poem Völuspa is a fascinating creation myth—a powerful journey of death, destruction and renewal ever present in the human psyche. Our version is, of course, set to Hemi-Sync®, and narrated by the late Ralph Metzner, a psychologist and researcher who participated in psychedelic research at Harvard University, where he earned his Ph.D in psychology in the early 1960s with Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert (later known as Ram Dass). Ralph’s captivating voice is supported by a dramatic and powerful soundtrack by Byron Metcalf (featuring Dashmesh Khalsa). This unique album is unlike anything we have ever produced before, and will take you on a trip you won’t soon forget!.

Online Courses
Marc Allen is a master of manifestation, having risen from poverty to become a successful musician and author, along with founding New World Library, one of the leading independent publishers in the country. He has built upon his 2018 The Magical Path album to create The Magical Path Online Course. Marc will show you how to create the life of your dreams by harnessing the vast powers of creation inherent within. For more on Marc and his approach, you may want to re-visit Episode 12 of the podcast.

Hemi-Sync® Unlimited App
New on the streaming service this month is The Winds of Spirit, the latest offering under our Flying Man Records® label. Byron Metcalf and Mark Seelig have gathered again to create a deeply meditative album inspired by their critically acclaimed 2019 release Persistent Visions. Here they penetrate even deeper into the dimensions of silence and space between the musical notes and each breath.

Free Stuff
In addition to the Eckhart Tolle album we created for Sounds True, there are also several other exercises we engineered for Eckhart’s YouTube channel, so be sure to check those out. On our own YouTube channel, Journey Through the T-Cells remains available for streaming, along with many other offerings. During 2020, we were also fortunate to sign a distribution deal with Ingrooves, a division of Universal Music Group. As a result, you’ll be finding Hemi-Sync® more readily available in more outlets than ever before, including some content on free or “freemium” platforms.

You may have seen that we recently posted a job opening for a web developer. We will always first try to fill available roles at Hemi-Sync® through the community that knows us best, so please keep a look out.

Finally, our Holiday Sale runs through New Year’s Day. Just use coupon code “HOL2020” at checkout for 20% off as our year-end thank you. We recognize that may not be a sufficient discount for those in real need at this time, so please contact customer service if this is the case.

See you in Home or along the way,
Garrett

Garrett H. Stevens
Chairman & President
Interstate Industries, Inc. d/b/a Hemi-Sync®
#explorerswanted!
#toolsforconsciousness

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Hemi-Sync® Podcast Episode 27: Luigi Sciambarella on Lucid Dreaming and Psychology

Luigi Sciambarella is a fully accredited and registered Hypno-Psychotherapist and Personal Development/Meditation Teacher, as well as a Guest and Outreach Trainer for Monroe Institute. In this episode, he provides background on various types of lucid dreaming techniques and goes into the thinking behind his latest Hemi-Sync® exercise, Senses Initiated Lucid Dreaming. This conversation with Luigi and Garrett Stevens ranges into mindfulness practice, in general, as well as the benefit of using dream therapy to address common everyday anxieties, personal development and mental health issues, including the impact of COVID-19.

If you find this useful, please like it, share it up, leave a comment and check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/hemisync.
If you would like to see more podcasts that aren’t specifically related to our new products, please consider supporting our podcast Patreon page and enjoy discounts on this website as a supporting patron.

 

 

 

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Hemi-Sync® Podcast Episode 26: Amit Goswami on Quantum Politics

Dr. Amit Goswami — noted author, teacher, activist and professor of quantum physics — shares his view of Quantum Politics as a means of merging science and spirituality into a new kind of political system. As a society, we must value meaning and archetype above dogma and the ability to simply process information. Topics covered include where the Left and Right go astray, as well as what they get right, religious fundamentalism and scientific materialism.

If you find this useful, please like it, share it up, leave a comment and check out our Patreon page: https://www.patreon.com/hemisync.
If you would like to see more podcasts that aren’t specifically related to our new products, please consider supporting our podcast Patreon page and enjoy discounts on this website as a supporting patron.

Survive and Thrive

Musings of a Hemi-Sync® Explorer – Survive and Thrive

 

SURVIVE AND THRIVE

Dear Explorer,
I keep waiting for this strange time to pass, so that I might have something more uplifting to write about, and for many of you in different parts of the world, it mostly has. But this underscores the fact that, with or without a pandemic, we often live in a survival mindset. “If I can just get through this next week at work, my current health crisis, impending bankruptcy, etc. then I’ll be able to relax.”

The reality is that time never comes, because there is always something else to “get through,” and it results in us living in a perpetual state of stress, of “fight or flight” response. Our sympathetic nervous system remains in overdrive, injecting us with adrenaline and cortisol, disrupting our sleep, wellness, and ability to concentrate. When we’re able to see this pattern clearly, we realize It’s not enough just to survive. We don’t need to settle for that. As human beings, we’re hardwired to want something more.

Abraham Maslow’s “hierarchy of needs” – which has held up far better than many of the other theories in my college economics textbooks – posits a five-tier model of human needs, often depicted as hierarchical levels within a pyramid. Once we have our basic physiological needs addressed (which go unmet for far too many), we move into higher needs: safety, love and belonging, self-esteem; finally culminating in self-actualization. While we may each define self-actualization differently, we all want something more…we want to not only survive, but to thrive!

My hope in sharing this etiological exercise is three-fold: 1) we all want to survive and thrive, 2) you are fully capable of doing it, and 3) the right time to do it is always right now. Tomorrow never comes. Our goal at Hemi-Sync® is simply to provide you with the tools, so that you can become the hero of your own journey.

Online Courses
Speaking of tools, four more online courses were recently added to our offering: Mindfulness Meditation by Dr. Charles Tart, The Power of Ritual: Shamanic Teachings for Human Evolution by don Oscar Miro-Quesada, Mediumship with Suzanne Giesemann, and Acupressure Healing Meditations with Dr. Michael Reed Gach.

Mindfulness is about learning to wake up. If you can relate to the mindset and patterns of behavior – constantly stressed, experiencing life as a never-ending series of challenges — described in the opening paragraphs, Mindfulness Meditation is for you. Renowned author, scientist and teacher Dr. Charles Tart, a friend and collaborator of Robert Monroe, will introduce you to a contemporary form of an ancient practice called Mindfulness Meditation. For centuries, various forms of this meditation have been used not only by spiritual practitioners for stilling the mind and attaining deeper wisdom and enlightenment, but by many ordinary people looking for more understanding of and harmonious operation of their minds.

The Power of Ritual: Shamanic Teachings for Human Evolution offers participants an online apprenticeship in the Pachakuti Mesa Tradition, a style of cross-cultural shamanism originated be the incomparable Peruvian curandero and altomisayoq adept, don Oscar Miro-Quesada. In the modern world, many of our rituals have lost their inner meaning. Don Oscar offers the altar as a map of all reality…a map that also has a control panel! The ancient cultures and civilizations have much to teach us about how to live respectfully and in harmony with the Cosmic Universe that surrounds us in order for our species, and our world, to not only survive, but to evolve into a higher consciousness of global awareness. For more on Don Oscar, his workshop and cosmovision, please check out Episode 25 of the Hemi-Sync® podcast.

Anyone who has followed Hemi-Sync® over the last few years is very familiar with evidential psychic medium Suzanne Giesemann and her acclaimed Mediumship series. Her albums are so well-received that we’re running out of room for her five-star reviews! In her new online course, Suzanne personally walks you through the required levels of training to communicate with beings in nonphysical realms, an ability available to everyone. She begins by teaching you to learn to recognize expanded states of awareness, reach deep meditative states, then to raise your vibratory frequency to make contact with your guides, higher beings and All-That-Is. Finally, she assists you in fine-tuning that connection. The goal of an evidential medium is to connect with those who have transitioned and to deliver their message, backed with evidence. If you have lost a loved one, the healing that comes from mediumship is difficult to put into words.

Dr. Michael Reed Gach is an inspiring teacher who combines a friendly, warm, accessible instruction style with precise technical skill. Through his 35 years of experience, his groundbreaking self-treatment techniques have brought pain relief and healing to thousands of people. Acupressure is an ancient healing art that uses the fingers to press key points on the surface of the skin to stimulate the body’s natural self-curative abilities. By learning how to use acupressure points with meditation, you can find peace of mind and enhance your journey to spiritual awakening. Michael’s online course will guide you step-by-step in how to use key acupressure points, Acu-Yoga postures and mudras (hand-specific types of meditation).

As always, Hemi-Sync® is based on the premise that you are your own best teacher, but in certain areas of specialization, there is no substitute for an expert guide.

Hemi-Sync® Unlimited App
New on the streaming service this month is Jonn Serrie’s Celestial Love. Jonn’s ambient space music creates the experience of gentle, compassionate energies watching over, loving and guiding us.

Also new on Unlimited this month is another track from Gateway Experience® (Orientation), bringing the total of available tracks from our flagship series to five, and Spirit of the Sea, an ambient electric guitar piece by Hemi-Sync® newcomer David Helping, which is directly influenced by the creative, destructive, and life-sustaining forces of the ocean.

Our first comprehensive refresh of the Unlimited app is a bit behind schedule, but will hopefully be available by the next time I write to you.

Free Stuff
In keeping with our “survive and thrive” theme, we are offering Tenzin Wangyal Rinpoche’s guided meditation From Fear to Peace for free! In it, Lama Tenzin teaches you how to work with fear and anxiety from the space of profound inner silence. You are invited to allow any fears and anxieties to present themselves as you acknowledge them without attaching to them. You will learn how to transform these feelings as you are guided into the space of the heart, using awareness and other methods to release them as you move more deeply into a place of peace. Talk about a perfect exercise for the present time!

In addition, Journey Through the T-Cells remains available for streaming on YouTube, and be sure to check-out, or re-visit Dina Strada’s last blog post, Surviving and Thriving: COVID-19. In it, she shares some ideas for what to do during this time of “safer at home,” as well as how to be with it.

That’s all for now. Please be well and be kind.

See you in Home or along the way,
Garrett

Garrett H. Stevens
Chairman & President
Interstate Industries, Inc. d/b/a Hemi-Sync®
#explorerswanted!
#toolsforconsciousness

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Hemi-Sync® Podcast Episode 25: don Oscar Miro-Quesada on Gnostic Secrets of Shamanism

Peruvian curandero don Oscar Miro-Quesada expounds on the hidden secrets and meaning of ancient shamanic ritual and tradition. He also discusses his early life, straddling the US and Peru, and various wisdom traditions that have influenced his particular brand of cross-cultural shamanism. Be sure to watch until the end to catch don Oscar’s received explanation of this unique time of change and dislocation in which we currently find ourselves.

Learn the shamanic secrets for yourself in don Oscar’s online course, The Power of Ritual. 

If you would like to see more podcasts that aren’t specifically related to our new products, please consider supporting our podcast Patreon page and enjoy discounts on this website as a supporting patron.

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Benefits of Mindfulness Meditation Practices

We all know that in the old spiritual traditions the practice of meditation is fundamental to accumulating true wisdom, getting in touch with our intuition and deeper Self, and that it ultimately leads to enlightenment.

Over the last several decades, as meditation practices gained more and more popularity in the west, the long list of benefits added improved energy levels, heightened creativity, better effectiveness and productivity, more restful sleep, and an overall happier outlook on life.

But today’s science is discovering that in addition to all these, there are also immediate health benefits to meditation in general and to Mindfulness Meditation in particular.

Previous research on Mindfulness Meditation has shown that it:

    • eliminates stress and depression
    • improves blood circulation
    • aids in lowering blood pressure
    • strengthens immune system and brain function
    • minimizes pain sensitivity

The latest studies now break down what exactly it is about the practice that seems to have these beneficial effects.

The findings “unveil the conceptual and mechanistic complexity of mindfulness, providing the ‘big picture’ by arranging many findings like the pieces of a mosaic,” study researcher Britta Holzel, of Justus Liebig University and Harvard Medical School, said in a statement.

The latest research from Holzel has shown that Mindfulness Meditation can actually change the structure of the brain, especially in the brain regions responsible for sense of self, stress, memory and empathy. Here are some findings from the earlier studies:

Mindfulness Meditation makes your brain plastic

Quite literally, sustained meditation leads to something called neuroplasticity, which is defined as the brain’s ability to change, structurally and functionally, on the basis of environmental input.

For much of the last century, scientists believed that the brain essentially stopped changing after adulthood.

But research by University of Wisconsin neuroscientist Richard Davidson has shown that experienced meditators exhibit high levels of gamma wave activity and display an ability — continuing after the meditation session has attended — to not get stuck on a particular stimulus. That is, they’re automatically able to control their thoughts and reactiveness.

Mindfulness Meditation increases gray matter

A 2005 study on American men and women who meditated a mere 40 minutes a day showed that they had thicker cortical walls than non-meditators. What this meant is that their brains were aging at a slower rate. Cortical thickness is also associated with decision making, attention and memory.

M.R.I. brain scans taken before and after the participants’ meditation regimen found increased gray matter in the hippocampus, an area important for learning and memory. The images also showed a reduction of gray matter in the amygdala, a region connected to anxiety and stress. A control group that did not practice meditation showed no such changes.

Mindfulness Meditation is more effective than sleeping

In a 2006 study, college students were asked to either sleep, meditate or watch TV. They were then tested on their alertness by being asked to hit a button every time a light flashed on a screen. The meditators did significantly better than the nappers and TV watchers.

Mindfulness Meditation can help normalize blood pressure

In 2008, Dr. Randy Zusman, a doctor at the Massachusetts General Hospital, asked patients suffering from high blood pressure to try a meditation-based relaxation program for three months. These were patients whose blood pressure had not been controlled with medication. After meditating regularly for three months, 40 of the 60 patients showed significant drops in blood pressure levels and were able to reduce some of their medication. The reason? Mindfulness Meditation promotes deep levels of relaxation which, in turn, results in the formation of nitric oxide that opens up your blood vessels.

Mindfulness Meditation protects your telomeres

Telomeres — the protective caps at the end of our chromosomes — are the new frontier of anti-aging science. Longer telomeres mean that you’re also likely to live longer.

Research done by the University of California, Davis’ Shamatha Project has shown that meditators have significantly higher telomerase activity that non-meditators. Telomerase is the enzyme that helps build telomeres, and greater telomerase activity can possibly translate into stronger and longer telomeres.

Mindfulness Meditation can slow the progression of HIV

A 2008 study on HIV positive patients found that, after an eight-week meditation course, patients who’d meditated showed no decline in lymphocyte content compared with non-meditators who showed significant reduction in lymphocytes.

Lymphocytes or white blood cells are the “brain” of the body’s immune system, and are particularly important for HIV positive people. The study also found that lymphocyte levels actually went up with each meditation session.

Mindfulness Meditation has powerful pain relieving properties

A 2011 study conducted at Wake Forest Baptist University found that meditation could reduce pain intensity by 40 percent and pain unpleasantness by 57 percent.

Meditation works by reducing activity in the somatosensory cortex and increasing activity in other areas of the brain.

Ultimately, Dr. Holzel said she and her colleagues would like to demonstrate how meditation results in definitive improvements in people’s lives.

“A lot of studies find that it increases well-being, improves quality of life, but it’s always hard to determine how you can objectively test that,” she said. “Relatively little is known about the brain and the psychological mechanisms about how this is being done.”

In a 2008 study published in the journal PloS One, researchers found that when meditators heard the sounds of people suffering, they had stronger activation levels in their temporal parietal junctures, a part of the brain tied to empathy, than people who did not meditate.

“They may be more willing to help when someone suffers, and act more compassionately,” Dr. Holzel said.