The project

Ancient accounts indicated that the practice of meditation has beneficial effects on both body and mind as well as on the interaction between the two. Over the last few decades, scientific research has confirmed that meditation has powerful effects on human physiology It acts on our system by activating the vagus nerve, which relaxes our internal organs, activates and deactivates genes (I.e genes responsible for internal inflammation), lowers blood sugar, cholesterol and blood pressure.
Furthermore, meditation helps us overcome a wide range of negative emotions that weigh on us such as worries and anxiety and in doing so it helps us maintain a healthier body weight, which helps prevent conditions such as cancer and cardiovascular diseases.
Meditation goes well beyond the hour of practice in which one relaxes and empties his mind; Meditation involves constantly living in the present, living each moment without ruminating over past choices and mistakes or worrying about the future. This type of attitude can dramatically improve our quality of life, giving us a kind of well-being which is completely under our control.
Meditating together in a big group is a very powerful practice allowing even newcomers to experience the beneficial effects of this ancient practice.
Our project, which revolves around meditating together in “Aula del ‘400” every Monday, has been going on for over a year. During the first year we offered the people of Pavia and surrounding areas a weekly meditation session for a period of 3 months as part of a study, recording the effects of our “Meditare Insieme” intervention on the psychological well-being of the participants by means of questionnaires.
Results from our study indicated that even just 3 months of regular meditation practice were sufficient to significantly improve the well- being of the participants.
Our scientific research along with the Monday meditation sessions in “Aula del ‘400” will still carry on this year. For the ones interested in our project, our meditations will be focused on the Lightness of Spirit, an important requisite to achieve an optimal body weight, amongst other things. Meditation sessions will be followed by theoretical-practical lessons on the relationship between Nutrition and Emotions and on the principles of a Healthy Diet. With the help of a nutritionist, each participant will receive a partially custom-made nutritional plan.

Objectives:
Scientific research, will then evaluate the effectiveness of our intervention on the Lightness of Spirit and Body Awareness which help us achieve and maintain an optimal body weight. Furthermore, we will also evaluate whether Meditation has had an impact on the change in body composition by means of a Bioelectrical impedance analysis, which measures the % of lean mass and the % of fatty mass. Change in the latter two indicators gives us a measure of how strictly the subject in question is the following his nutritional plan.

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Goals

Step 1: 2000 euro

Disegno dello studio: scelta dei questionari, definizione del regime alimentare.Organizzazione logistica dell’intervento meditazione e alimentazione, pubblicità e comunicazione, gestione delle iscrizioni rilevazione delle misure impedenziometriche prima dell’intervento, input e gestione dei dati raccolti.

Step 2: 3000 euro

Sedute di meditazione, lezioni di nutrizione da Febbraio a Giugno.

Step 3: 4000 euro

Rilevazione dei dati al follow-up, gestione dei dati e analisi statistica e presentazione dei risultati.

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Luisa Bernardinelli

Prof. | Founder

Luisa Bernardinelli

Prof. | Founder
Head of Medical and Genomic Statistics Unit, Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia Complete CV
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Serena Celfo

Comunicazione e organizzazione eventi

Serena Celfo

Comunicazione e organizzazione eventi
Laureata in Scienze della Comunicazione, Università IULM, esperta in tecniche suono-vibrazionali, Fondatrice del progetto Serendipity-OFF Respiro-Suono-Benessere  CV completo
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Salvatore Bruno

Trainer di meditazione

Salvatore Bruno

Trainer di meditazione
Naturopath and counsellor at the Istituto di Psicosintesi in Milan Complete CV
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Gabriella Bottini

Prof. esperta di neuropsicologia

Gabriella Bottini

Prof. esperta di neuropsicologia
Full Professor, University of Pavia Complete CV
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Teresa Fazia

Organizzazione delle ricerca, analisi statistica dei dati

Teresa Fazia

Organizzazione delle ricerca, analisi statistica dei dati
Post-doc Fellowship, Department of Brain and Behavioral Sciences, University of Pavia Complete CV

Backers

  1. LUISA BERNARDINELLI
  2. VINCENZINA NOLA
  3. ISABELLA BREGA
  4. UNIVERSITIAMO
  5. Patrizia Romano
  6. Branzoni Andrea Maggi Monica
  7. Dina Petelko
  8. Silvia Murru
  9. Damiano Grassi
  10. Patrizia Zaffino
  11. Simona Carla Maggi
  12. Marzia Mamoli
  13. Laura Dalla Tezza
  14. Edoardo Soana
  15. Nicoletta Letteri
  16. Francesca Baccino
  17. Dora Franca Basso
  18. Chiara Brocchetta
  19. Anna Klyuchko
  20. Paola De Marziani
  21. Stefano Morini
  22. Mara Magnani
  23. Lucilene Bellomi
  24. Ilaria Morani
  25. Loretta Cassani
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