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Meditation has a wide range of scientifically measurable effects. In 1988 Michael Murphy and Steven Donovan, of the Esalen Institute, published The Physical and Psychological Effects of Meditation and reported 1,253 scientific and literary studies on meditation going back to 1931. When they published a second edition in 1996, they had added about 400 more studies. During those eight years, they reported, growth in research had been "nothing short of spectacular," with investigations moving beyond the gross physiology to subtle changes in biochemistry and voluntary control of internal states. The studies don’t all line up perfectly in support of meditation’s effectiveness. They create debate and raise questions. But, that is the way of science in every area it explores.

Physiologically, the meditative function brings reduced tension, greater blood flow, reduced blood pressure, slower breathing, reduced consumption of oxygen (a measure of metabolic level), increased brain activity in the frequencies associated with relaxation and happiness (alpha and theta waves). Chemicals normally associated with stress (blood lactate and the hormone cortisol) are reduced, and calming hormones associated with wellbeing (melatonin and serotonin) are increased. Meditation seems to be uniquely capable of processing the dangerously-common stress hormone, cortisol. Three of the types most commonly used are Yogic, Zen and TM.

  • Guided Visualization
  • Sahaj Marg (Natural Path)
  • Transcendental Meditation (TM)
  • Yogic
  • Zen

  • Amy Taylor, MS, LMHC
    My holisitc, spiritual approach to psychotherapy and counseling begins with the understanding that mind, body and spirit are intercnnected, and thoughts have tremendous creative power. Sessions focus on creating positive feelings and changes, rather than analysis and unnecessary delving into the past. Most clients start feeling improvement with the first session.

    Mind2Heart Connection
    Clinical Hypnotherapist and Creative NLP Practitioner, Sacred Breathworker, Spiritual Counselor, Inner Child work, "A Course in Miracles" student and teacher, Nonviolent Communication Educator.
    Elke extends the gift of deep empathy, presence and intuitive support. She has dedicated her work to serving as a catalyst for life-changing transformation, connecting the Mind with the Knowledge of the Heart.

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    Vedic Cultural Fellowship
    Vedic culture is inherently spiritual in outlook, making kindness, charity, compassion and honesty the main values for harmony in life. Through the Vedic Cultural Fellowship you can study and practice the sciences of natural Ayurvedic Medicine, Hatha Yoga (including the 8 steps of ashtanga), and Gem Therapy to achieve spiritual well-being. You can also learn to meditate, obtain your horoscope based on Vedic astrology signs or practice other arts that have their origin in the Vedas.