Advancing Research in Conciounsess and Meditation

The Heartfulness Institute's Research Initiative

The mission of Heartfulness Institute Research Initiative is to support and facilitate a scientific approach toward contemplative practices and advance our understanding of meditation and consciousness. The Institute invites grant applications for meditation research from individuals who will conduct independent, empirical, rigorous research. Grant applications will range from $5,000 up to a maximum of $100,000 on a non-renewable basis.

Heartfulness Research Grants

Heartfulness Institute teaches meditation and contemplative practices. Heartfulness Research funding is intended to provide resources to support foundational experiments on Heartfulness practices. These include, but are not limited to, studies investigating behavioral, physiological, metabolic, epigenetic and neurobiological responses to the practice of Heartfulness meditation, through cross-sectional and longitudinal studies on Heartfulness practitioners compared with appropriate control subjects. We encourage applications from researchers in other contemplative practices who are interested in applying their expertise to study Heartfulness meditation.

Eligibility

Applicants must hold a PhD, MD or equivalent degree and have an official affiliation with a college, university, institute, medical school or other research facility.

Applications

The application should include

  • Biosketches/CVs of the principal investigator and collaborators, research project description, including specific aims and hypotheses to be tested, experimental design, method of analysis of the data, and the significance and potential impact of the study.
  • Preliminary data may be included if available, including data related to other meditation practices.
  • Resources available, budget and justification.
    • Review Process

      We will accept applications for 2017-2018 on a rolling basis. Criteria for evaluation include significance, relevance and impact of the proposed study, applicant’s research experience, and appropriateness of budget.

Featured Research Article

Effect of Heartfulness Meditation on burnout, emotional wellness, and telomere length in healthcare professionals.

Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives, March 2017. Click here to read

Elementary School Students

Programs

  • 1-Day Introduction to Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 7-Day Tuning into your Heart: Happiness and Love 

The program ‘Tuning into your Heart: Happiness and Love’ looks into the following:

  • 1-Day Introduction to Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 7-Day Tuning into your Heart: Happiness and Love 
  • Happiness
  • Fostering positivity
  • Sleep and rest well 
  • Art of love

Middle School Students

Programs

  • 1-Day Introduction to Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 7-Week Tuning into your Heart: Self-Reflection and Integration

The program ‘Tuning into your Heart: Self-Reflection and Integration’ looks into the following:

  • Individual meditation and relaxation
  • Self-Observation- PEMS Journal writing- Diving into our heart
  • Tuning into your heart to make decisions
  • Positivity: inside and outside to build healthier relationships
  • Sleep and rest well 
  • Art of silence

High School Students

Benefits

  • Develop a secure sense of Self
  • Enjoy the process of enquiry and problem solving, taking on life’s challenges with courage and confidence
  • Develop academic dilligence, maturity towards study and work, and focus on quality and excellence
  • Develop ability to introspect and reflect, through the practice of silent relaxation, meditation and self-observation
  • Develop empathy, giving of their time and talents for the common good
  • Be guided by the heart in making constructive choices for their own growth
  • Develop self-acceptance and confidence that they are capable contributors to society
  • Fosters creative and valuable thinking

Program
Each class is 30-45 min

  • 1-Day Introduction to Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 3-Day Tuning into your Heart: Diving into Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 7-Week Tuning into your Heart: Conscious Living 
  • 15-Week Tuning into your Heart: Conscious Living 

The program ‘Tuning into your Heart: Self-Reflection and Integration’ looks into the following:

  • Individual meditation and relaxation
  • Self-Observation- PEMS Journal writing- Diving into our heart 
  • Tuning into your heart to make decisions
  • Positivity: inside and outside to build healthier relationships
  • Sleep and rest well
  • Art of silence

Administrators and Staff

Benefits

  • Work more effectively and efficiently
  • Become better role models for students
  • Develop clarity in decision-making
  • Notice improved teamwork and communication
  • Have increased empathy, tolerance and patience with colleagues, students and family members
  • Respect and nurture the individual genius in each student, so that they are able to blossom and contribute to society
  • Support students in discovering how to be good citizens with positive values, to communicate effectively and behave constructively

Duration 30-45 min

  • 1-Day Introduction to Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 3-Day Tuning into your Heart: Diving into Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation 
  • 7-Week Tuning into your Heart: Train the Trainers 
  • 15-Week Tuning into your Heart: Train the Trainers

The program ‘Tuning into your Heart: Train the trainers’ looks into the following:

  • What is meditation? Why is there a focus on the HEART?
  • Why should I meditate?
  • Tuning into your heart to make decisions
  • Experiencing Heartfulness relaxation, meditation and rejuvenation
  • How to integrate relaxation and meditation into your daily routine?

Parents

Benefits

  • Notice the positive contribution to family life
  • See changes in students’ behavior at home, e.g. using time wisely, making wise choices, becoming more helpful
  • Increases happiness and promotes healthier relationships

Train the Trainers

Heartfulness has champion and trainer programs that work with your schools administrators, teachers and student volunteer to “train the trainers” to lead ongoing relaxation and meditation sessions.

Benefits of Heartfulness Programs in Schools

  • Teacher and students will be better equipped to deal with everyday issues
  • Develops a heart based, nurturing environment
  • The atmosphere in the school changes for the better
  • Less time spent on behavior management for students, more time for quality teaching
  • Decision making skills improve over time
  • Promote excellence, as most people learn to put their hearts into whatever they do and feel more fulfilled
  • The school becomes a more cohesive unit