Welcome to the Global Peaceful Cities Project

Posted: June 9, 2017

This work began with the Albany Peace Project in 2014 and was originally designed to determine if an organized group or trained meditators creating a “coherent state” within their own bodies and then focusing peaceful intentions outward, could measurably reduce violence locally. Dozens of similar prior research studies in other parts of the world have pointed to a positive correlation. Karin Reinhold, PhD, Professor of Mathematics at SUNY Albany, has been reviewing the violent crime history from the Albany Police Department to determine if our peaceful intentions have had an impact.

The Peace Project team, lead by founder, Bethany Gonyea, MS and Professor Reinhold, 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.

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