Futurehealth WinterBrain 20 minute presentation by John Lowan and Paul Petty.
John and Paul will discuss the new techniques of an alpha-state relaxation meditation for all participants.
Neuroscience and Meditation
John Lowan, mediation teacher and certified neurotherapy trainer, and Paul Petty, meditator and physician with the Mayo Clinic, will lead an informative and experiential discussion that explores the integration of neuroscience and meditation techniques.
Participants will learn about the connection between brainwave patterns and states of consciousness, and how the advances in neuroscience have allowed faster access to deep states of consciousness. Discussion will include possibilities for lifestyle change now and further research for the future.
Studies from several disciplines have now provided corroboration that meditation is not merely a placebo, that it provides substantial and long-term enhanced health, positive feelings of well being and peak performance.
Since the late 1960's, the developing field of neuroscience has made extensive observations of the brain in meditation with increasingly precise and powerful instruments. As a result of this knowledge, new techniques have evolved to accelerate and enhance meditation training. The efficacy of these techniques has, in turn, been verified by the same technology.
With these discoveries, we can now greatly increase access to deep meditation states that were in the past accessible to a few dedicated devotees. For those unable to retreat from the world, for those with families, careers and limited time, meditation enhanced by the power of neuroscience techniques offers new possibilities.
Participants will experience a powerful guided meditation developed from the synthesis of traditional guided meditation and neuroscience.
In our talk, we will present an overview of the new field of neuromeditation, including:
- A brief description of the major contributions the fields of medicine and neuroscience has made to meditation over the past 35 years.
- A description of the major brainwave states available in meditation with subjective analysis of related experiences.
- A presentation of the brainwave patterns that reflect meditation states.
- An understanding of the benefits available to people through mastery of the brain, and a brief review of some successful techniques to achieve that mastery.
John has been a meditation leader in both eastern and western disciplines (including Yoga, Transcendental Meditation, Vipassana, Contemplative, and Zen) for over 30 years. He has presented meditation workshops in Europe, Asia, and across North America. Using and designing EEG and Biofeedback technology since 1972, John studied with, assisted and co-taught with Anna Wise, a recognized pioneer, author, and authority on brainwaves and consciousness. He is currently a certified Neurotherapist and has taught neurotherapy and meditation integration at Brainmaster Technologies, the Esalen Institute, and the Mayo Clinic. A lively presenter and workshop leader, John has taught groups in meditation, communication, problem solving, leadership, and parenting.