Some scientific references
The predominant thought in science is focused on quantitative and experimental approaches.
These studies have helped to better understand the effects of meditation on the brain regarding neural connections and plasticity.
Meditation further stimulates the hormones for well-being (secretions of endorphins, noradrenaline, oxytocin etc.) and decreases stress hormones.
Brain imaging has shown a change in the connections and in the structure of the brain during meditation. After 8 weeks of meditation practice, at a rate of 20 minutes per day, this transformation becomes lasting. Several areas of the brain are involved that are related a sense of benevolence, of connection with others and empathy. This finding justifies the 8 weeks duration of the Self-Esteem, Benevolence and Anxiety Management program.
Prof. Danis Bois and his team of researchers have chosen to use qualitative research, which they found the most suitable to the study of the lived experience of people practising meditation.
Rather than wondering about what happens in the brain, they turned their interest to the question: What do people experience during their meditation? On closer analysis, they found in each testimony the common description of an internal movement and the effects it generates in the body and the mind.
Today, CERAP is developing mixed research, both quantitative and qualitative.
All our meditations are based on scientific knowledge
Key lectures of Prof. Danis Bois
- Emergence of Full-Presence Meditation
- Secular meditation
- The therapeutic dimension in meditation
- From tonus to body stillness
- The role of attention in meditation
- From attention to listening
- Attention: from the most simple to the most subtle
- The role of whole-body breathing in meditation
- The Whole-Body Breathing Protocol
- Moods and inner states in Full-Presence Meditation®
- The role of rest in brain function
- Helpful and unhelpful thoughts
- Diversion techniques for unhelpful thought
- Talking to yourself
- Free thought in connection with the Sensible
- The inner smile