Opening Comments for Albany Peace Project 2015

With the second phase of the Albany Peace Project 10 year research study only hours away, Founder Bethany Gonyea offers words of encouragement for us to take full advantage of this historic opportunity….

Click here to watch the Albany Peace Project Kickoff from Home

The Albany Peace Project is a 10 year research project 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 evidence 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 known as “coherence”  which 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 enables 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 we our peaceful intentions have had an impact.  

Not only does learning how to be coherent dramatically enhance the lives of individuals, it has remarkable applications for the workplace.  A good referral for us is any business or organization that is interested in offering their employees or members a highly cost effective program to lower stress and conflict while dramatically enhancing the quality of their lives.  

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.  

Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.  We need your help!  Details at: https://www.peacefulcities.org/join-us/

Click here to watch the Albany Peace Project Kickoff from Ho

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Opening Comments for 2015 Albany Peace Project Starting on 1.1.15

With the second phase of the Albany Peace Project 10 year research study only hours away, Founder Bethany Gonyea offers words of encouragement for us to take full advantage of this historic opportunity….

Click here to watch the Albany Peace Project Kickoff from Home

The Albany Peace Project is a 10 year research project 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 evidence 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 known as “coherence”  which 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 enables 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 we our peaceful intentions have had an impact.  

Not only does learning how to be coherent dramatically enhance the lives of individuals, it has remarkable applications for the workplace.  A good referral for us is any business or organization that is interested in offering their employees or members a highly cost effective program to lower stress and conflict while dramatically enhancing the quality of their lives.  

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.  

Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.  We need your help!  Details at: https://www.peacefulcities.org/join-us/

Click here to watch the Albany Peace Project Kickoff from Home

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The Inspiration For The Research

Summary of the Albany Peace Project

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 Do you ever want to make a difference in the world,
but feel too tired and overwhelmed? 

Do you ever watch the news and feel discouraged that you can’t change it?

Do you often feel stressed and trapped with life’s challenges?

Then learn how to overcome all these challenges by participating in the third annual Albany Peace Project!  The Albany Peace Project is a 10 year research study designed to determine if an organized group of trained meditators creating a peaceful “coherent state” in their bodies and then focusing these peaceful intentions outwardly can measurably reduce local violence.  Our hypothesis is that focused peaceful intention has a real world impact, and dozens of other research studies suggest it as well.  We are gathering data to determine if this approach can positively impact the city of Albany, NY.

Not only does achieving a coherent state dramatically enhance the lives of individuals, but it has remarkable applications for the workplace.  As individuals achieve a coherent state, they are much more likely to work better in groups.

The Albany Peace Project (APP) team is currently working toward gathering 2,500 participants to meditate/pray/focus to achieve coherence together for 15 minutes a day for the month of January 2016 while sending peaceful intentions to the City of Albany.  Simultaneously, research will be conducted to record any favorable changes in the Albany, NY crime rates.

Research Protocol

Albany Peace Project team, lead by founder, Bethany Gonyea, MS and State University of Albany Mathematics professor, Karin Reinhold, PhD,  are drawing inspiration for their research protocol from the Maharishi University and from the impressive research team of Lynn Mctaggert, author of  The Intention Experiment.   To  date, dozens of studies have been performed, many published in peer reviewed journals, that suggests when a relatively small amount of people meditate there appears to be a corresponding calming of the entire population.  (See a brief summary is listed below)

For the past two years, we have been fortunate to be collaborating with the Institute of HeartMath which has graciously approved use of their evidence-based Heart Lock-In Technique.®   This state of the art mind-body tool leads the body-mind into a state known as Coherence, which facilitates synchronization between the heart and brain.  Coherence is a “sweet spot” in your nervous system, and Institute of Heartmath’s emWave instrument provides reliable feedback to individuals to help them achieve and sustain a coherent state.   The coherent pattern is characterized by its regular, sine-wave-like waveform, as contrasted to the irregular, jagged wave form of frustration.


HR Changing

When this state of coherence is maintained, it allows individuals to distinguish between the voice in the head, often the critical voice, and the one in the heart, where positive feelings of love, caring, and appreciation originate.  Learning how to “think” from the heart quickly transforms individuals in ways they may never have dreamed possible. Learn the steps of the Heart Lock-In technique in the powerful book The HeartMath Solution, by Doc Childre and Howard Martin or purchase an emWave device to be sure you are in coherence by clicking here

How The Albany Peace Project Will Add To This Inspiring Research…

The Albany Peace Project is a landmark historic effort.  It is the first time that a city has organized from grass roots to invite people of all different  religion, political and socioeconomic backgrounds to come together and simply contemplate and intend the common goal of peace.

Not just talk about peace…but become peace.

The Albany Peace Project has been created with the acknowledgement that not all faiths or political parties can agree on doctrine or political strategies,  but they can certainly agree to employ focused healing intentions to reduce human suffering.

Political pundits can talk about peace, but how well are they actually doing?   As hard as governing officials may work for the peace, they still need our support to help change the hearts and minds of people.  Because until we shift as individuals, we will not shift as a whole.   Establishing peace is work that needs to be done “by the people for the people,” which means we need participation from caring citizens such as yourself to do this incredibly empowering and promising research.  

We can’t solve problems by using the same kind of thinking we used when we created them.  Albert Einstein

  Research demonstrates that when people become coherent, they become more empathetic, which enables them to more easily make wise and compassionate choices not only for themselves, but for the people around them.

We need to become the peace before we can beckon peace.    How  else will peace be accomplished unless we ourselves become peaceful, and from that peaceful state allow a greater compassionate wisdom to emerge?

Can this actually work? There is a growing amount of evidence to suggest it will and time is of the essence.  Have you seen the news lately?   Your participation is incredibly important both for ourselves and the next generation.  How grateful our children will be when we leave them this research?   This project will literally “make history” by empowering people to realize that how we focus our intentions influences what we experience.

But, We can’t do this research without your help.  

Research suggests there is a “dosage effect”…which means we need a large enough “dose” of people participating before we will see a corresponding calming result.  What is that percentage?  We are not sure, we think at least 1%, but only time will tell.  That is why this is a 10 year research study.  We need to teach and train many many people.

Please tell your friends and family about taking advantage of this unique opportunity.  If you think of any other tools we can offer, please send your suggestions to info@numinousonline.com, and LIKE AlbanyPeaceProject on Facebook and let us know you are there.

Help us encourage 2500 participants to take charge of their own health, by teaching people how to lead their own nervous system into states of much greater health and well-being, while simultaneously reducing the suffering of complete strangers…it is a Win-Win!

Thank you for your interest and support!

The Albany Peace Project Team

Sampling of Studies Suggesting that Collective Meditation Corresponds With a Calming Effect On The Entire Population

One Example: Transcendental Meditation Research Organization

Washington D.C.:    June 7th – July 30th in 1993

For two months during the summer of 1993, up to 4000 people meditated twice a day.     The maximum decrease in violent crime was 23.3% and it occurred when the the meditation group size was largest during the final week of the project.

As the number of meditators increased throughout the 8 weeks, violent crimes decreased

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Source: Social Indicators Research, 47(2): 153-201

More Examples: Similar studies document a correlation between when a small percentage of people meditating lowered violence on the entire geographical population.  They have been published in the following prestigious journals:

Journal of Conflict Resolution, 34, 756-768 (1990);   32(4), 776-812 (1988)

Journal of Mind and Behavior, 9(4), 457-486 (1988);   8,(1), 67-104 (1987)

Psychological Reports, 76, 1171-1193(1995)

Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 36 (1-4), 283-302 (2003)

Psychology Crime and Law 2(3), 165-174 (1996)

Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 17(1): 285-338 (2005)

Journal of Crime and Justice, 4 25-45 (1981)

Social Indicators Research, 47,153-201. (1999);  22, 399-418 (1990).

Journal of the Iowa Academy of Science 95(1),1 (1988)

9/11 Peace Experiment on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

  • Participants from 75 countries, from Iceland to Brazil, from California to Indonesia, and also every Arab country on the planet sent peaceful intentions to reduce violence in Afghanistan
  • From 9/11/11 to 9/18/11 participants all over the globe spend 15 minutes sent positive intentions, specifically to the southwest corner of Afghanistan, Helmand and Kandahar

Results Recorded: Decrease In Civilian Casualties In Afganistan

2011 Month

#Civilians Killed

% Drop In Deaths Compared to Prior Month 

% Drop in Deaths Compared to Average Death Rate for 28 Months Prior

August

440

   

September

340

22% fewer deaths

10% fewer deaths

October

290

14% fewer deaths

23% fewer deaths

November

201

30% fewer deaths

26% fewer deaths

Decrease In Attacks By The Taliban In The Specific Areas In Afghanistan that were chosen to receive Peaceful Intentions (Helmand and Kandahar)

Month                             % Decrease In Attacks Compared To The Same Month in 2010

September                    790% Decrease in Attacks

October                         500% Decrease in Attacks

November                    400% Decrease In Attacks

The NATO led security mission in Afganistan that was formed in 2001, The International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) reported this time as the “longest sustained downward trend in enemy-initiated attacks recorded by ISAF” (since 2001).  Source: UN and NATO Reports

For Further Reference: http://theintentionexperiment.com/the_experiments

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APP Kickoff New Years Day APP Concert – 1.1.15 at 1:00 PM

APP Kickoff New Years Day APP Concert – 1.1.15 at 1:00 PM

2015 new years concert
Reserve the date!  1.1.15 at 1:00 – Unity Church of Albany, 21 King Avenue, Albany

The Albany Peace Project will be kicking off it’s month of meditations starting January 1 with an Opening Program Concert at Unity Church of Albany at 1:00 PM on New Years Day.

Last year it was standing room only, so come early and hear  great music, sing uplifting songs, and learn how the Albany Peace Project has been inspiring the city of Albany to meditate, in the school system, in the community, in prison and even law enforcement is inspired.  You don’t want to miss it!

The Albany Peace Project is a 10 year research project 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 evidence 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 known as “coherence”  which facilitates personal well-being, clarity, excellent decision making and optimal performance.

We all have access to this gorgeous coherent space within ourselves, we just need to learn the reliable skills that enables 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 we our peaceful intentions have had an impact.

Prior research suggests the more people who participate, the greater measurable impact. This is an historic opportunity to vote with your heart and have it measured!   We need your vote!

Start the New Year off right by setting an intention to invoke the well-being and happiness that is already in you each day in January 2015.  You will be amazed at how this work transforms your life.

Please forward to anyone you think may be interested.  

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Bethany Gonyea on WRPI today at 12:00, Concert tomorrow Night!

Listen to Gary Goldberg interview Bethany Gonyea discussing how the Albany Peace Project is evolving into the Resonant Peaceful Cities project today on the FM dial at 91.5.
Streaming at Wrpi.org  is probably not going to work.

2017 Albany Peace Project Kickoff Program Concert –12/30

Participate in the Albany Peace Project This January and Awaken the Hero Within with the Albany Peace Project This January!

Friday Evening, December 30,
Unity Church of Albany
7:00 PM

with amazing musicians, Mark Shepard, Joy Adler, and Roger Mock!!

As the testimonials say below, amazing things happen when people participate in the Albany Peace Project.   The theme of this year is “Awakening the Hero Within,” because after three years of offering APP, we have heard some powerful stories of how when we advocate for the dignity and honor of others, we enlargen ourselves.  As we participate with the Albany Peace Project, we feel greater dignity, self respect and deep purpose with our lives.  In these times of great global turmoil, we can find a place in ourselves through these meditations, where we know we are connected to a Loving Intelligence that connects us all, and “vote with our heart” to accelerate the presence of peace on this planet.   Taking a stand in our own hearts for peace, instead of feeling victimized by media accounts, makes our head go up and our shoulders go back.  Meditation peace research has been demonstrated, however we need your help to get local measurable results.  We can’t just talk about peace…we must “be it”

Come join us for a catalyzing uplifting evening on Friday Evening December 30 with exhilarating group of musicians,  singers and and also inspiring speakers!!!   The program concert will help you to start 2017 off right and set you on a trajectory to make 2017 your best year yet!

  • After participating int the Albany Peace Project for two years, it is still hard to describe what participaing in the Albany Peace Project does…but it just changes you…for the better.
  • I asked my husband to join me meditating Jan 1 as part of the Peace Project, not something he would choose to do.  We selected 5:00 pm as our time. Yesterday at 4:50, he asked if we were going to be meditating. Thank you for creating this project. Peace starts at home. It has descended here!
  • I was very moved by today’s meditation, and I’m very moved by your work.  Thank you.
  •  First, your guided meditations this year are beyond wonderful.  I am loving them all.  
  • You’ve got some interesting people you’ve interviewed. 
  • Great interview & meditation today. Thanks
  • Wow! I LOVE your guided meditation. You are so sweet and gentle.  Having us envision Albany residents in scenarios is brilliant! You are a gem; APP is fortunate to have you on the team. 

Albany Peace Project – January 1-15

From January 1-15 we will be sending daily meditation inspiring peace in Albany with daily interviews of inspiring thought leaders.  Please participate, and encourage your friends to participate as well.

See below for SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for people meditating for the
 Albany Peace Project!!!

The Art of Feminine Presence
Jill Boyd
1/8/17 at 2;00
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

If you are a woman who has been on a personal and spiritual growth path for quite some time and wanting to stop pushing to make things happen, come and experience an informational session and demonstration on the Art of Feminine Presence. It is a series of unique and tangible practices that increases a woman’s presence, feminine energy and vocal power so she can be heard, be seen and inspire change. These are practical tools that create massive results. You will see the change in yourself and other women immediately. It is undeniable. It is not where we intellectually discuss whether the feminine needs to be more present in our society. We already know that. It is not that we dance on a beach with hip scarves in the hope it will change our lives. We can do that on our own. Imagine walking into any room or any situation with a magnetic presence and attract the attention you want in your career and in your relationships. Your life will be transformed.

Jill Boyd is a certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She is an iconic image stylist. She is licensed in New York as a registered nurse and aesthetician. She received a masters degree from Long Island University in Community Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Austin’s School of Spa Technology and afterwards received training from the Stoltz Image Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Gabriel Productions in Miami, Florida; The Universal Style System in San Moreno, California; and the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Provo, Utah.

$25 Donation Appreciated

Dealing with Difficult People for Spiritual People© 

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 15 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

Do you have someone in your life that no matter what you do, you just can’t get the relationship to work?  Have you tried advice from relationship books only to have it fail miserably?  Are you working hard to maintain your compassion with someone whose behavior is highly questionable?  

In this class, we will be discussing the limitations of common spiritual practices in certain relationships.  We will be discussing statistics regarding the presence of serious mental health challenges of the general population, and how as spiritual people, we need to see these challenges clearly so that we can finally utilize these situations for the growth they provide.  New Age 101 will certainly not work with certain types of people.  You will leave with new and empowered perspective as to how to approach approach your challenging relationship differently. 

Law of Attraction: Manifesting Through Being, Not Force

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 22 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“The universe responds not to what we want, but who we are being.”  Dr. Joe Dispenza

In our highly scheduled world, we often have no time in our lives for our spirit to roam in the spheres from which we came.  We follow the same schedules day after day, maintaining the same inner state each day, and wonder why our lives don’t transform.  We often hear about amazing synchronicities happening for other people, and yet we don’t see evidence of that in our lives.  Our culture is so focused on getting things accomplished and achieving in temporal time, our higher nature never has the opportunity to ‘kiss” our efforts with grace.  In this class, we will discuss how important it is for us to maintain our state of being, not goals. We will learn that we need to attend to our minds similar to how we would attend to a new born baby meeting it’s varying needs throughout the day.  We will discuss what it means to maintain a state of being and open focus which widens our perceptual fields and generates new opportunities.

The Sacred Bedroom© Volume 1 – Sleep

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“Instead of going to sleep, we are going to God.”   Bethany Gonyea

So many people are lying awake night after night worrying and wondering about their lives.  It is common also for people to fall asleep and wake up in the night unable to go back to sleep.  These are often the same people who say they don’t have time to meditate.  The bedroom is often where we come back to ourselves at the end of the day, sometimes exhausted and defeated, endlessly chatting in our heads about unfinished business.   However, what if we changed that perspective to what is actually happening?….What if we remember the evening is a time of returning home to our eternal nature that remembers we are one with the Infinite.

In this class, Bethany Gonyea, will be discussing how we can use highly skilled intentional meditation to blur the edges of our energy fields and liberate our spirit to feel connected to the Infinite.  Going be bed becomes a time of sacred expectation and relief from the daily grind of this world, and a time when we are can cultivate in a profoundly healing transcendent state and wake up repaired and ready to meet the demands of the next day with a blessed heart. 

Participants will leave with an audio download to practice skills.

SAVE THE DATE:  Coherence For A Cause!  February 4, 6:00 – 10:00 PM in Albany

Friends! In celebration of four successful years of the Albany Peace Project, on February 4th, 2017, we invite you to “Coherence for a Cause: A Midwinter’s Night Benefit,” from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.

With inspiring leaders, including Keynote Speaker Albany Chief of Police Brendan Cox,  Silent Auction, and Special Concert Performance by Albany’s own “School of Rock,” this will be an interactive festivity highlighting some of the Albany Peace Project’s largest attempts at reducing violence in the Capital Region by creating a much safer, more mindful, and more peaceful community through mind-body coherence practices.
 
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and special presenters such Albany Peace project founder, Bethany Gonyea and Dr. Karin Reinhold of the University at Albany, for six special showcases detailing the heart-mind  evidence based high impact solutions for reducing violence.

Please, R.S.V.P. by January 30th, 2017 by registering at http://coherenceforacause.eventbrite.com.  Early-bird Tickets are $45, and $60 at the door.  Please ask us about our special 3-Level Member sponsorships. For more information, please contact:  Derek Healey at dhealey@albany.edu /917-259 -2866

Special Opportunity for people meditation for the Albany Peace Project! 

Individuals who meditate for each of the 15 days in January during the Albany Peace Project this year, are able to get 30% off of a float….which makes any meditation better!

What is Floating?Floatation therapy provides a unique experience where you can relax the mind and body simultaneously. You enter a float tank with about 1,200 lbs of epsom salt dissolved in 10 inches of water that is warmed to skin temperature. The dense solution lets you float effortlessly, regardless of your body type, and allows your body fully relax without gravity pulling you down. There are a lot of physical benefits to soaking in epsom salt – muscle recovery, soothing aches & pains, sunburn relief, skin exfoliating, healing dry skin.

Float tanks are often called sensory deprivation tanks because they provide an environment that reduces sensory input, for the first time since birth your brain no longer has to process all the sights, sounds and smells around you. Without gravity, temperature or sensory input to process the brain slows down and begins to produce theta waves which kind of act as a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Theta wave state promotes creativity, relaxation, learning ability and focus, floating can encourage and even propel you into a state of meditation, allowing you to reorganize your thoughts, reduce stress and even make positive suggestions and reprogram the subconscious mind for positive change in your life.

So, Why Float?

Some people float to relieve pain or just to unwind and keep their stress levels in check, some float for mental clarity or introspection. The restricted environment of an isolation tank allows just about anyone to reach deep meditative states after a few sessions making everybody’s experience a unique and personal journey.

Research on floating and Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T.) has been conducted since the early 1960’s after it’s invention by Dr. John C. Lilly. A lot of claims can be made about it’s benefits but it’s often best to keep it simple, so here are a few of the primary benefits of floating in an isolation tank.

Relaxation

The first and best reason everyone should try it out, think about it, when was the last time your brain got a chance to rest? Inside a float tank there are no sounds or smells, nothing to see, no pop-up ads or distractions, heck, there’s barely any gravity dragging you down. It’s the ultimate stress free environment, in fact just 1 hour in the tank is comparable to 4 hours of deep sleep, it’s the perfect reset.

Pain Relief

Immediately after laying down in the tank you begin to feel every muscle in your body unwind and loosen up, your blood pressure starts to drop as you begin to hear your heart rate (can’t turn that sound off) and blood circulation increases throughout the body. This relaxed state combined with a 1,000 lbs of epsom salt is an excellent way to boost recovery in athletes and to reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Recent studies have shown that floating may be the best therapy to mitigate the effects of fibromyalgia and other neurological pain disorders. We are participating in a massive world wide case study on the effects of floating on fibromyalgia, if you’d like to learn about how you could try it for less than half-price, check out the Fibromyalgia Flotation Project.

Exploration

Think about the last time you sat down to reflect upon an issue without immediately getting distracted by a phone, facebook or a crooked picture frame on the wall. Meditation is a means to mental clarity but it requires a great deal of discipline and practice, floatation therapy provides a shortcut to these deep introspective states which can enhance creativity, clear the mind and allow one to overcome previously daunting life challenges. Floating allows your brain to fall into a slower brainwave known as theta which is often described as a bridge between the conscious and the incredibly powerful subconscious mind.

To obtain your 30% discount, please forward the email you receive from the Albany Peace Project for each day from January 1-15 to this email address:  floatationmeditationdiscount@juno.com.  

Fees:
1 Hour Float – $50 (with 30% discount $35)
2.5 Hour Float – $65 (with 30% discount 45.50)
2 Hour Float – – $80 (with 30% discount $56)

We will contact you regarding how to receive your discount.

To learn more visit: Requiescent.com

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Meditation Incentive…& Kickoff Concert on 12/30

Meditation Incentive…& Kickoff Concert on 12/30

SAVE THE DATE!!!  2017 Albany Peace Project Kickoff Program Concert –
Participate in the Albany Peace Project This January and Awaken the Hero Within with the Albany Peace Project This January!

Friday Evening, December 30,
Unity Church of Albany
7:00 PM

with amazing musicians, Mark Shepard, Joy Adler, and Roger Mock!!

As the testimonials say below, amazing things happen when people participate in the Albany Peace Project.   The theme of this year is “Awakening the Hero Within,” because after three years of offering APP, we have heard some powerful stories of how when we advocate for the dignity and honor of others, we enlargen ourselves.  As we participate with the Albany Peace Project, we feel greater dignity, self respect and deep purpose with our lives.  In these times of great global turmoil, we can find a place in ourselves through these meditations, where we know we are connected to a Loving Intelligence that connects us all, and “vote with our heart” to accelerate the presence of peace on this planet.   Taking a stand in our own hearts for peace, instead of feeling victimized by media accounts, makes our head go up and our shoulders go back.  Meditation peace research has been demonstrated, however we need your help to get local measurable results.  We can’t just talk about peace…we must “be it”

Come join us for a catalyzing uplifting evening on Friday Evening December 30 with exhilarating group of musicians,  singers and and also inspiring speakers!!!   The program concert will help you to start 2017 off right and set you on a trajectory to make 2017 your best year yet!

  • After participating int the Albany Peace Projet for two years, it is still hard to describe what participaing in the Albany Peace Project does…but it just changes you…for the better.
  • I asked my husband to join me meditating Jan 1 as part of the Peace Project, not something he would choose to do.  We selected 5:00 pm as our time. Yesterday at 4:50, he asked if we were going to be meditating. Thank you for creating this project. Peace starts at home. It has descended here!
  • I was very moved by today’s meditation, and I’m very moved by your work.  Thank you.
  •  First, your guided meditations this year are beyond wonderful.  I am loving them all.  
  • You’ve got some interesting people you’ve interviewed. 
  • Great interview & meditation today. Thanks
  • Wow! I LOVE your guided meditation. You are so sweet and gentle.  Having us envision Albany residents in scenarios is brilliant! You are a gem; APP is fortunate to have you on the team. 

Albany Peace Project – January 1-15

From January 1-15 we will be sending daily meditation inspiring peace in Albany with daily interviews of inspiring thought leaders.  Please participate, and encourage your friends to participate as well.

See below for SPECIAL OPPORTUNITY for people meditating for the
 Albany Peace Project!!!

The Art of Feminine Presence
Jill Boyd
1/8/17 at 2;00
Spirit Tree Connections
987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY

If you are a woman who has been on a personal and spiritual growth path for quite some time and wanting to stop pushing to make things happen, come and experience an informational session and demonstration on the Art of Feminine Presence. It is a series of unique and tangible practices that increases a woman’s presence, feminine energy and vocal power so she can be heard, be seen and inspire change. These are practical tools that create massive results. You will see the change in yourself and other women immediately. It is undeniable. It is not where we intellectually discuss whether the feminine needs to be more present in our society. We already know that. It is not that we dance on a beach with hip scarves in the hope it will change our lives. We can do that on our own. Imagine walking into any room or any situation with a magnetic presence and attract the attention you want in your career and in your relationships. Your life will be transformed.

Jill Boyd is a certified teacher in the Art of Feminine Presence. She is an iconic image stylist. She is licensed in New York as a registered nurse and aesthetician. She received a masters degree from Long Island University in Community Mental Health Counseling. She graduated from Austin’s School of Spa Technology and afterwards received training from the Stoltz Image Institute in Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas; Gabriel Productions in Miami, Florida; The Universal Style System in San Moreno, California; and the Conselle Institute of Image Management in Provo, Utah.

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Dealing with Difficult People for Spiritual People© 

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 15 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

Do you have someone in your life that no matter what you do, you just can’t get the relationship to work?  Have you tried advice from relationship books only to have it fail miserably?  Are you working hard to maintain your compassion with someone whose behavior is highly questionable?  

In this class, we will be discussing the limitations of common spiritual practices in certain relationships.  We will be discussing statistics regarding the presence of serious mental health challenges of the general population, and how as spiritual people, we need to see these challenges clearly so that we can finally utilize these situations for the growth they provide.  New Age 101 will certainly not work with certain types of people.  You will leave with new and empowered perspective as to how to approach approach your challenging relationship differently. 

Law of Attraction: Manifesting Through Being, Not Force

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 22 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“The universe responds not to what we want, but who we are being.”  Dr. Joe Dispenza

In our highly scheduled world, we often have no time in our lives for our spirit to roam in the spheres from which we came.  We follow the same schedules day after day, maintaining the same inner state each day, and wonder why our lives don’t transform.  We often hear about amazing synchronicities happening for other people, and yet we don’t see evidence of that in our lives.  Our culture is so focused on getting things accomplished and achieving in temporal time, our higher nature never has the opportunity to ‘kiss” our efforts with grace.  In this class, we will discuss how important it is for us to maintain our state of being, not goals. We will learn that we need to attend to our minds similar to how we would attend to a new born baby meeting it’s varying needs throughout the day.  We will discuss what it means to maintain a state of being and open focus which widens our perceptual fields and generates new opportunities.

The Sacred Bedroom© Volume 1 – Sleep

Bethany Gonyea

Sunday January 29 from 2:00-4:00 PM

Spirit Tree Connections,

987 New Loudon Road,Latham NY(For GPS: Cohoes)

“Instead of going to sleep, we are going to God.”   Bethany Gonyea

So many people are lying awake night after night worrying and wondering about their lives.  It is common also for people to fall asleep and wake up in the night unable to go back to sleep.  These are often the same people who say they don’t have time to meditate.  The bedroom is often where we come back to ourselves at the end of the day, sometimes exhausted and defeated, endlessly chatting in our heads about unfinished business.   However, what if we changed that perspective to what is actually happening?….What if we remember the evening is a time of returning home to our eternal nature that remembers we are one with the Infinite.

In this class, Bethany Gonyea, will be discussing how we can use highly skilled intentional meditation to blur the edges of our energy fields and liberate our spirit to feel connected to the Infinite.  Going be bed becomes a time of sacred expectation and relief from the daily grind of this world, and a time when we are can cultivate in a profoundly healing transcendent state and wake up repaired and ready to meet the demands of the next day with a blessed heart. 

Participants will leave with an audio download to practice skills.

SAVE THE DATE:  Coherence For A Cause!  February 4, 6:00 – 10:00 PM in Albany

Friends! In celebration of four successful years of the Albany Peace Project, on February 4th, 2017, we invite you to “Coherence for a Cause: A Midwinter’s Night Benefit,” from 6:00pm – 10:00pm at the First Unitarian Universalist Society of Albany.

With inspiring leaders, including Keynote Speaker Albany Chief of Police Brendan Cox,  Silent Auction, and Special Concert Performance by Albany’s own “School of Rock,” this will be an interactive festivity highlighting some of the Albany Peace Project’s largest attempts at reducing violence in the Capital Region by creating a much safer, more mindful, and more peaceful community through mind-body coherence practices.
 
Please join us for hors d’oeuvres, cocktails, and special presenters such Albany Peace project founder, Bethany Gonyea and Dr. Karin Reinhold of the University at Albany, for six special showcases detailing the heart-mind  evidence based high impact solutions for reducing violence.

Please, R.S.V.P. by January 30th, 2017 by registering at http://coherenceforacause.eventbrite.com.  Early-bird Tickets are $45, and $60 at the door.  Please ask us about our special 3-Level Member sponsorships. For more information, please contact:  Derek Healey at dhealey@albany.edu /917-259 -2866

Special Opportunity for people meditation for the Albany Peace Project! 

Individuals who meditate for each of the 15 days in January during the Albany Peace Project this year, are able to get 30% off of a float….which makes any meditation better!

What is Floating?Floatation therapy provides a unique experience where you can relax the mind and body simultaneously. You enter a float tank with about 1,200 lbs of epsom salt dissolved in 10 inches of water that is warmed to skin temperature. The dense solution lets you float effortlessly, regardless of your body type, and allows your body fully relax without gravity pulling you down. There are a lot of physical benefits to soaking in epsom salt – muscle recovery, soothing aches & pains, sunburn relief, skin exfoliating, healing dry skin.

Float tanks are often called sensory deprivation tanks because they provide an environment that reduces sensory input, for the first time since birth your brain no longer has to process all the sights, sounds and smells around you. Without gravity, temperature or sensory input to process the brain slows down and begins to produce theta waves which kind of act as a bridge between the conscious and subconscious mind.

Theta wave state promotes creativity, relaxation, learning ability and focus, floating can encourage and even propel you into a state of meditation, allowing you to reorganize your thoughts, reduce stress and even make positive suggestions and reprogram the subconscious mind for positive change in your life.

So, Why Float?

Some people float to relieve pain or just to unwind and keep their stress levels in check, some float for mental clarity or introspection. The restricted environment of an isolation tank allows just about anyone to reach deep meditative states after a few sessions making everybody’s experience a unique and personal journey.

Research on floating and Restricted Environmental Stimulation Therapy (R.E.S.T.) has been conducted since the early 1960’s after it’s invention by Dr. John C. Lilly. A lot of claims can be made about it’s benefits but it’s often best to keep it simple, so here are a few of the primary benefits of floating in an isolation tank.

Relaxation

The first and best reason everyone should try it out, think about it, when was the last time your brain got a chance to rest? Inside a float tank there are no sounds or smells, nothing to see, no pop-up ads or distractions, heck, there’s barely any gravity dragging you down. It’s the ultimate stress free environment, in fact just 1 hour in the tank is comparable to 4 hours of deep sleep, it’s the perfect reset.

Pain Relief

Immediately after laying down in the tank you begin to feel every muscle in your body unwind and loosen up, your blood pressure starts to drop as you begin to hear your heart rate (can’t turn that sound off) and blood circulation increases throughout the body. This relaxed state combined with a 1,000 lbs of epsom salt is an excellent way to boost recovery in athletes and to reduce chronic pain and inflammation. Recent studies have shown that floating may be the best therapy to mitigate the effects of fibromyalgia and other neurological pain disorders. We are participating in a massive world wide case study on the effects of floating on fibromyalgia, if you’d like to learn about how you could try it for less than half-price, check out the Fibromyalgia Flotation Project.

Exploration

Think about the last time you sat down to reflect upon an issue without immediately getting distracted by a phone, facebook or a crooked picture frame on the wall. Meditation is a means to mental clarity but it requires a great deal of discipline and practice, floatation therapy provides a shortcut to these deep introspective states which can enhance creativity, clear the mind and allow one to overcome previously daunting life challenges. Floating allows your brain to fall into a slower brainwave known as theta which is often described as a bridge between the conscious and the incredibly powerful subconscious mind.

To obtain your 30% discount, please forward the email you receive from the Albany Peace Project for each day from January 1-15 to this email address:  floatationmeditationdiscount@juno.com.  

Fees:
1 Hour Float – $50 (with 30% discount $35)
2.5 Hour Float – $65 (with 30% discount 45.50)
2 Hour Float – – $80 (with 30% discount $56)

We will contact you regarding how to receive your discount.

To learn more visit: Requiescent.com

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