Let’s meditate, Sydney.

Session 1: Science and Meditation

Saturday 29th Oct
10:30am to 12:45pm

Welcome and Introduction
David Todd
Experience Heartfulness Relaxation and Meditation
John Smith, VP Australia, Heartfulness
Science discovers the benefits of meditation
A talk by Dr. Elizabeth Denley & Valerie Hamilton
Musical Interlude
Jim Denley & Lucas Hakewill
Heartfulness Connect
An interactive session

12:45pm to 2:00pm Lunch Break
2:00pm to 3:00pm Australian premiere of movie ‘A Quest for Meaning’

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John Smith

Dr. Elizabeth Denley is a scientist who researches both the natural world and the inner world. Through Heartfulness Yoga she has discovered a depth of wisdom and inspiration that takes scientific research to a whole new level.
Elizabeth is also a writer, educator, and the editor of Heartfulness Magazine. She will be talking about the cutting edge research into meditation practices that is being done around the world – the effect on sleep patterns, hormones, the nervous system, genetic patterns, and the deeper discoveries associated with the expansion of consciousness in human beings.


Valerie is a Midwifery Lecturer at Griffith University which was recently voted the number 1 Uni for Nursing and Midwifery in Queensland. Before joining Griffith University Valerie was midwifery lecturer at the Mater Hospital in Sydney. She also has her own small business called ‘Birth and Yoga’ that provides prenatal yoga classes to pregnant women and also teaches into the Diploma of Pre and Postnatal Yoga Teacher Training for the IYTA.

Science discovers the benefits of meditation


Research has shown that the heart’s afferent neurological signals directly affect activity in the amygdala, the key brain center that coordinates behavioral, immunological and neuroendocrine responses to environmental threats. It also serves as the processing center for emotional memory within the brain. Since this emotional processing unit has more information going towards intellectual centers than vice versa, it can easily override the intellect and our sense of control via intellect. And since heart can affect amygdale, it is fruitful in regulating our emotions and behaviour.
Our nervous system resists change – whether it is a change in behaviour, or circumstances, or anything. It feels good in familiar situations. So for mind used to violent circumstances will not feel comfortable if everything goes smooth. Science has now found that meditating on heart overcomes this thing. It helps in regulating our emotional centers and thus establish a new base line for familiarity of circumstances. It can change the wiring among neurons. And thus our emotional patterns are changed towards coherent ones. It not only changes our behaviour but gives more adaptability also because of increased understanding via increased emotional intelligence