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Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via 
wellness programs and biofeedback sensors
Sponsors 
Welcome!
Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via 
wellness programs and biofeedback sensors 
Chaired by: Rajiv Pant, 
Chief Techn...
Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via 
wellness programs and biofeedback sensors 
Dr. Douglas Ziedonis, 
Professor and...
Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H. 
Professor and Chairman 
Department of Psychiatry 
UMass Memorial Medical Center/ 
Universi...
Mindfulness: What is it? 
 “The awareness that emerges through paying 
attention on purpose, in the present moment, 
and ...
Two Component Definition 
of Mindfulness 
1) Self-regulation of attention so that it is 
maintained on immediate experienc...
Purposeful Pause @ Virtual Summit
Why? 
Why Mindfulness? 
 Why Scale up Mindfulness? 
Why Care? 
 Mission, purpose, cause ….. inspiration 
What outcome...
Outcome to Bring to Scale: Developing the 
Capacity for Mindful Practice Amongst 
Ourselves & in Organizations 
 Being pr...
Incorporating Mindfulness & Mindful Leadership 
Attributes & Practices into our work activities, 
organization and daily l...
How Scale Up? 
Link to Mission & Personal Goals 
Leadership & Engagement 
Strategic Planning / Prioritization 
Custome...
Addressing Why Through Organizational 
Change (AWTOC) 
 Identify the “Why” which links the “Identified 
Problem” to the C...
Mindfulness in Psychiatry 
 Strategic Plan & Organizational Change 
 Leadership & Engagement 
 Collaborations with Cent...
Mindfulness practices 
Formal 
meditation 
practices 
Awareness of everyday activities
Formal Practices 
 Meditation & Gentle Yoga Exercises 
 Specific Exercises: 
 MEDITATIONS: 
• Awareness of Breathing 
•...
Informal Practice 
 Many opportunities in the everyday living to bring 
enhanced awareness: 
 Any moment – perhaps when ...
Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice 
 Enhanced Presence & Listening 
 Brief 5 minute Moments 
 Mindfulness B...
Mindfulness Apps & Websites 
•Which Apps work for whom? 
•Craving to Quit – Jud Brewer, 
UMass Medical School 
•Ease of Us...
Mindfulness integrated in Wellness Initiative & 
Leadership Program: UMass Memorial Health Care 
Employee Wellness Initia...
Mindful Physician Leadership Program 
 Thanks to Janice Marturano, Co-PI 
 Physicians Foundation grant 
 AAMC & Massach...
Possible Small Steps for Leaders 
 Breath and Sound Meditation – 10 to 20 minutes / day 
 Google search – “Free MP3 Mind...
Resources 
 UMass Psychiatry Wellness Initiative 
 http://umassmed.edu/psychiatry/resources/wellness/ 
 Center for Mind...
Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via 
wellness programs and biofeedback sensors 
Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, 
President ...
www.alzheimersprevention.org 
Stress, 
Meditation and 
Memory: 
A Now Dimension in Prevention 
Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. 
...
From ISIS to Ebola 
Stress Got Your Nerves on Edge?
How Stress Kills Your Memory 
Creates Risk Factors: 
1. Cortisol  Inflammation,  Brain Chemistry, 
Kills Brain Cells (al...
Walter Hess, M.D., Ph.D. 
The Nobel Prize in Physiology and 
Medicine 1949
THE 4 STEPS 
1. Comfort 
2. Quiet 
3. Tool 
4. Attitude 
THE 4 STATES 
1. Awake 
2. Asleep 
3. Dream 
4. 4th State 
Herber...
Many Published Studies 
Reveal Multiple Benefits of 
Meditation: 
From Better Memory to 
Improved Cellular & Genetic 
Heal...
Basic Meditation: 
RR 10-20 min 2x a day 
TM 20 min 2x a day 
MBSR 30-40 min/day + 
But Wait, there’s more… 
BEME Moves ...
How to Move from 
Information to 
Experience
1. The key to incorporate the many 
cognitive-enhancing benefits of 
meditation into your corporation, 
business, or envir...
3. Create innovative ways to 
incorporate your experience and 
knowledge to make positive 
changes at the organizational, ...
Conclusion: 
Meditate More 
A Sharp Brain, Psychological 
Wellbeing and Spiritual Fitness 
are the Now Dimension 
To Be Ex...
Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via 
wellness programs and biofeedback sensors 
Ariel Garten, 
CEO of InteraXon
Ariel Garten, CEO ariel@interaxon.ca @arielgarten www.choosemuse.com
S e n s o r R e v o l u t i o n
F e a t u r e s o f M u s e
C l i n i c a l G r a d e E E G 
in Consumer Form 
Muse ($299 MSRP) Actichamp ($36,000 MSRP)
ADHD 
9% of kids diagnosed w 
ADHD. 90% prescribed 
drugs 
no sleep 
worry 
retirement 
Amount of time 
spent with wanderi...
Barriers to Scaling Meditation 
• Stigma towards meditation 
• Don’t know if they’re doing it right 
• Can’t do it – mind ...
C A L M a p p - 
F o c u s e d A t t e n t i o n 
T r a i n i n g 
1 
2 
3 
4 
5 
6
Muse: the brain sensing headband
O v e r c o m i n g 
B a r r i e r s 
“I had tried for a long time to regularly 
meditate. While I am early in my 
adoptio...
Muse: the brain sensing headband 
C u r r e n t R e s e a r c h P a r t n e r s
Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via 
wellness programs and biofeedback sensors 
Dr. Evian Gordon, 
Executive Chairma...
 To learn more, visit SharpBrains.com
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(Session held at the 2014 SharpBrains Virtual Summit; October 28-30th, 2014)

12:30-2pm. Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors
- Dr. Dou­glass Ziedo­nis, Pro­fes­sor and Chair of the Depart­ment of Psy­chi­a­try at UMass Med­ical School
- Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, Pres­i­dent of the Alzheimer’s Research and Pre­ven­tion Foundation
- Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
- Dr. Evian Gor­don, Exec­u­tive Chair­man of Brain Resource
- Chair: Rajiv Pant, Chief Tech­nol­ogy Offi­cer of The New York Times

Learn more here:
http://sharpbrains.com/summit-2014/agenda/

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Scal­ing up med­i­ta­tion and mind­ful­ness via well­ness pro­grams and biofeed­back sensors

  1. 1. Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors
  2. 2. Sponsors Welcome!
  3. 3. Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors Chaired by: Rajiv Pant, Chief Technology Officer of The New York Times Dr. Douglas Ziedonis, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of Brain Resource
  4. 4. Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors Dr. Douglas Ziedonis, Professor and Chair of the Dept. of Psychiatry at UMass Medical School
  5. 5. Douglas Ziedonis, M.D., M.P.H. Professor and Chairman Department of Psychiatry UMass Memorial Medical Center/ University of Massachusetts Medical School Douglas.Ziedonis@umassmemorial.org Tuesday, October 29th, 2014
  6. 6. Mindfulness: What is it?  “The awareness that emerges through paying attention on purpose, in the present moment, and non-judgmentally to the unfolding of experience moment to moment” – Jon Kabat-Zinn, UMass Medical School’s Center for Mindfulness
  7. 7. Two Component Definition of Mindfulness 1) Self-regulation of attention so that it is maintained on immediate experience, thereby allowing for increased recognition of mental events in the present moment.  Body sensations, Feelings, & Thoughts 2) Adopting a particular orientation toward one’s experiences in the present moment, characterized by curiosity, openness, and acceptance.  Compassion Bishop 2004
  8. 8. Purposeful Pause @ Virtual Summit
  9. 9. Why? Why Mindfulness?  Why Scale up Mindfulness? Why Care?  Mission, purpose, cause ….. inspiration What outcomes intended?  For Individual  For Organization  For Community
  10. 10. Outcome to Bring to Scale: Developing the Capacity for Mindful Practice Amongst Ourselves & in Organizations  Being present  Attentiveness  Situational awareness  Mindful communication  Team work  Self-awareness and monitoring
  11. 11. Incorporating Mindfulness & Mindful Leadership Attributes & Practices into our work activities, organization and daily life THREE EXAMPLES: 1. Mindfulness in Psychiatry – UMass Department of Psychiatry •Over 360 faculty supported by 2000 staff •Leading by example – own “practice” 2. Mindfulness in Wellness Initiative & Leadership - UMass Memorial Health Care * Targeting 34,000 employees and family members 3. Mindful Physician Leadership Program * Massachusetts State Wide Initiative
  12. 12. How Scale Up? Link to Mission & Personal Goals Leadership & Engagement Strategic Planning / Prioritization Customers & Staff – Added Value Organizational Change Approach Process for Why, How & What
  13. 13. Addressing Why Through Organizational Change (AWTOC)  Identify the “Why” which links the “Identified Problem” to the Culture’s Mission and Desired Change  What problems lead one to mindfulness as solution?  Use AWTOC to structure the process of change  3 Phases & 10 Steps  Leadership: Roles & Responsibilities  Importance of Communication  People & Technology  Training, Apps, websites, MP3s, etc  Tracking and Sustaining Change  EX: http://umassmed.edu/psychiatry/resources/Tobacco/attoc/
  14. 14. Mindfulness in Psychiatry  Strategic Plan & Organizational Change  Leadership & Engagement  Collaborations with Center for Mindfulness  Mindfulness as Platform for Wellness Initiative  All Mission Areas  Embed in Clinical Practices  Training Opportunities for All – many versions  Research activities  Leadership Development  Community Support Groups  Academic Interest Groups, Research Groups, Mindfulness Practice Get-togethers  Website & Apps
  15. 15. Mindfulness practices Formal meditation practices Awareness of everyday activities
  16. 16. Formal Practices  Meditation & Gentle Yoga Exercises  Specific Exercises:  MEDITATIONS: • Awareness of Breathing • Sitting Meditation • Slow Walking Meditation • Body-scan • Raisin Exercise (mindful eating) • Gentle Yoga Exercises • Mountain / Lake Meditation • , Loving-kindness Meditation • Forgiveness Meditations • Home Practice
  17. 17. Informal Practice  Many opportunities in the everyday living to bring enhanced awareness:  Any moment – perhaps when you catch yourself being mindless  Thoughts, Feelings, & Body Sensations  How the weather affects us physically  Pleasant experiences & Unpleasant experiences  Reactivity to stressful situations or events  While communicating with others  Consider journal / log of your experiences.  PURPOSEFUL PAUSES – Routine Activities or When notice swirling of mind in tension
  18. 18. Integrating Mindfulness into Clinical Practice  Enhanced Presence & Listening  Brief 5 minute Moments  Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)  Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT)  Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy (MBCT)  Dual Recovery Therapy (DRT)  Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT)  “what” and “how” skills  Mindfulness Based Addiction Treatments  12-Step Facilitation  Apps & websites & mp3s
  19. 19. Mindfulness Apps & Websites •Which Apps work for whom? •Craving to Quit – Jud Brewer, UMass Medical School •Ease of Use •How Use – short term help versus long term? •Training clinicians and other leaders on use of apps to scale up mindfulness
  20. 20. Mindfulness integrated in Wellness Initiative & Leadership Program: UMass Memorial Health Care Employee Wellness Initiative On-Site support MBSR – UMass Center for Mindfulness  Internet Portal – On-line with coaching  Executive Leadership – Mindfulness Practice  Leadership Training
  21. 21. Mindful Physician Leadership Program  Thanks to Janice Marturano, Co-PI  Physicians Foundation grant  AAMC & Massachusetts Medical Society  Mindfulness creates space to be more focused, clear, creative and compassionate leader  Three practices of the mindful leader:  Reflections  Purposeful pauses  Mindful meditation  One day retreat, 6 ninety minute webinars, and 10 monthly ninety minute community meetings
  22. 22. Possible Small Steps for Leaders  Breath and Sound Meditation – 10 to 20 minutes / day  Google search – “Free MP3 Mindful Breathing Meditations”  Plan 2 purposeful pauses in the day  Live life, moments of joy, being present fully  Do a Reflective Exercise  Ex. Look at Calendar – reflect on how spending time  Look around you - who could be supportive & give input  Attend a Mindfulness Academic Interest Group or Mindfulness Practice Support Group  Read about mindfulness
  23. 23. Resources  UMass Psychiatry Wellness Initiative  http://umassmed.edu/psychiatry/resources/wellness/  Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Healthcare, and Society – UMass Medical School  http://www.umassmed.edu/cfm/  Finding the Space to Lead: A Practical Guide to Mindful Leadership. Janice Marturano  http://instituteformindfulleadership.org/  UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center  http://marc.ucla.edu/body.cfm?id=22  Mindful Physician Leadership Program  http://www.umassmed.edu/psychiatry/MindfulLeadership/
  24. 24. Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors Dr. Dharma Singh Khalsa, President of the Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation
  25. 25. www.alzheimersprevention.org Stress, Meditation and Memory: A Now Dimension in Prevention Dharma Singh Khalsa, M.D. President/Medical Director Alzheimer’s Research and Prevention Foundation drdharma@alzheimersprevention.org
  26. 26. From ISIS to Ebola Stress Got Your Nerves on Edge?
  27. 27. How Stress Kills Your Memory Creates Risk Factors: 1. Cortisol  Inflammation,  Brain Chemistry, Kills Brain Cells (all badness) 2. Stress  Anxiety, Depression, Anger, Insomnia (all badness) 3. Stress  Unhealthy Behavior- Diet, Smoking, Lack of Exercise  DM, Heart Disease, Brain Blood Vessel Disease  (all badness) 4. All Increase Risk for AD & other issues 5. Optimally healthy employees are better for business
  28. 28. Walter Hess, M.D., Ph.D. The Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine 1949
  29. 29. THE 4 STEPS 1. Comfort 2. Quiet 3. Tool 4. Attitude THE 4 STATES 1. Awake 2. Asleep 3. Dream 4. 4th State Herbert Benson, M.D.
  30. 30. Many Published Studies Reveal Multiple Benefits of Meditation: From Better Memory to Improved Cellular & Genetic Health and PSWB (all goodness)
  31. 31. Basic Meditation: RR 10-20 min 2x a day TM 20 min 2x a day MBSR 30-40 min/day + But Wait, there’s more… BEME Moves Beyond the Basics How? BEME  KK 12 min a day
  32. 32. How to Move from Information to Experience
  33. 33. 1. The key to incorporate the many cognitive-enhancing benefits of meditation into your corporation, business, or environment is to first and foremost have your own consistent practice. 2. Become familiar with ongoing research
  34. 34. 3. Create innovative ways to incorporate your experience and knowledge to make positive changes at the organizational, community and national levels 4. If you are an entrepreneur, get endorsements from reputable organizations or researchers and create alliances with distribution channels.
  35. 35. Conclusion: Meditate More A Sharp Brain, Psychological Wellbeing and Spiritual Fitness are the Now Dimension To Be Experienced on Oct 30th…. www.alzheimersprevention.org drdharma@alzheimersprevention.org
  36. 36. Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors Ariel Garten, CEO of InteraXon
  37. 37. Ariel Garten, CEO ariel@interaxon.ca @arielgarten www.choosemuse.com
  38. 38. S e n s o r R e v o l u t i o n
  39. 39. F e a t u r e s o f M u s e
  40. 40. C l i n i c a l G r a d e E E G in Consumer Form Muse ($299 MSRP) Actichamp ($36,000 MSRP)
  41. 41. ADHD 9% of kids diagnosed w ADHD. 90% prescribed drugs no sleep worry retirement Amount of time spent with wandering mind 75% Brain Health 2 Billion people suffer from brain based health and productivity challenges 23% #1 Most anxious country 46.9% in the world: US Doctors visits from stress Car crashes involve mobile phones Addiction Costs $600B annually fear stress low self esteem PTSD sick health tired bills anxiety Distraction Anxiety Stress
  42. 42. Barriers to Scaling Meditation • Stigma towards meditation • Don’t know if they’re doing it right • Can’t do it – mind is always racing • Hard to remain motivated esp. when not getting immediate feedback • Hard to sit “that long”
  43. 43. C A L M a p p - F o c u s e d A t t e n t i o n T r a i n i n g 1 2 3 4 5 6
  44. 44. Muse: the brain sensing headband
  45. 45. O v e r c o m i n g B a r r i e r s “I had tried for a long time to regularly meditate. While I am early in my adoption of Muse Calm, I have already meditated more frequently and for longer than any previous attempt. I love the immediate feedback.” -Muser P332 “Great way to get geeks to practice mindfulness / meditation.” – Muser P151 “I love it. Immediate feedback, I feel like I finally "get" meditation after trying for over 5 years now.” InteraXon Inc – CONFIDENTIAL - Muser P131 “Just one week's training and I have already experienced improved absorption in regular meditation when not using the Muse.” – Muser P162 “It works! It helps my anxiety go away and makes me feel better” – Muser P474 Muse: the brain sensing headband “It's great and now I can sleep at night like a real person” – Muser P802
  46. 46. Muse: the brain sensing headband C u r r e n t R e s e a r c h P a r t n e r s
  47. 47. Scaling up meditation and mindfulness via wellness programs and biofeedback sensors Dr. Evian Gordon, Executive Chairman of Brain Resource
  48. 48.  To learn more, visit SharpBrains.com

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