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The main purpose of brightminds meditation is to create new positive channels in the mind and to eradicate those which are destructive. It was developed from meditation traditions that are thousands of years old beginning in India. It is based on neuroscience.

This technique is infused with a blend of humor, joy and insight. It is approached with a sense of lightness. There are guidelines, not rules. Like music, a certain song can transport you directly to a feeling deep within. It harnesses the power of intention and motivation. It uses techniques that unleash the power of the imagination and uses sense memory as a gateway to higher states of consciousness. The main three types of meditation forms are:

  • Guided meditation

  • Focus meditation using an object, breath, mantra or movement

  • Mindfulness meditation/Open monitoring

In each type of meditation, special attention is given to developing the ability to witness your thoughts. This is like developing a muscle that has the strength to simply abide in that tranquil place within -where you are just watching thoughts come and go with a level of "spirit indifference". And as you notice thoughts appear as if on a giant screen, you will become better able to let them pass without judging them -and running you into the ground!


What is different here? What unique value does this have to offer you? The brightminds meditation technique is designed to attend to what is specifically going on in your life and what you feel you would like to address.

If you are interested in going beyond the mind's DMN (Default Mode Network)

or the hard to control jumping or "monkey" mind then this may be for you. Your mind is not so different from a radio station. It can be tuned to a multitude of frequencies  in various ways. You can be in charge of tuning in to thought beyond our base level of consciousness involving continuous fear based thinking and anxiety.


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"It is about excavating the amazing, radiant self already inside you. Within you is a power that is already perfect, and the true essence of seeking on this journey is accepting. Your divine self is already within you and it doesn’t rely on external forces to be set free, or even ten or twenty years to attain. It is about letting go all that does not belong, clearing away like the sculptor; scrubbing the lens of your already crystalline perception in order to reveal your true divine nature.” “Journey Into Power” -Baron Baptiste


It’s about taking comfort, refuge; it’s like comfort food for the soul...


The brightminds meditation practice is something you can habituate your mind to actual look forward to doing. Imagine that! Maybe for you it can be like training your mind to sit in it's "happy place" for greater and greater amounts of time. If your association with your meditation practice is positive like taking your brain on a mini vacation you can develop an easier time of making this a daily routine. Of course this helps your body remain in homeostasis so it can heal and rest. This is the main reason why meditation helps with so many health problems.

Our classes teach a basic understanding of the chemicals and hormones active  within the brain such as Dopamine, Oxytocin, Serotonin, Endorphins and Cortisol (often called the stress hormone). Studies have found that too much Dopamine (including screen time) robs one of Prana  (Sanskrit) or life force/vital energy. Prana starts with the breath. Our classes utilize the amazing power of breath control.” or Pranayama to increase life force in preparation to meditation.  Here you will experience using Ujjayi Breathing -called The Breath of Fire -Ujjayi is created by gently constricting the opening of the throat to create some resistance to the passage of air which stimulates your longest crainal nerve in your body -the Vagus nerve. Studies have shown that the vagus nerve affects your mental and physical health and it t’s your body’s source of calm and balance. And it may hold the key to helping you respond better to stressful situations. And can’t we all use more of that? Humming and singing stimulates the soothing physiological effects of the vagus nerve which is why human beings naturally love to do this. It is no coincidence that oppressed people throughout human history such as slaves and the disenfranchised (one's that society "cast out" or "left behind") gravitated towards humming and singing or chanting to soothe their tierd souls. For example, slaves and railroad workers used humming and singing to create homeostasis during high stress conditions. Dancing also stimulates the vagus nerve creating comfort, release of stress and a sense of freedom from internal and externally created tension. 








At brightminds it is about The Wish Fulfilling Jewel -that which you want in your life to manifest, you must happily give it away. If you want love you must be willing to give it to others for it to come back around to you. This is like what the Beatles said in thier song "The End"..."and in the end, the love you take is equal to the love you make".


Finally you can learn how to become friends with your mind and emotions.

Taking your meditation practice into you life is a powerful creative force. Getting lost in what you are doing, being in the zone, being in the moment, being present -all become easier to do as a result of training the mind in this way. It becomes about the doing, not the result. it's in the process that holds the magic. This will reduce your brain’s hardwired tendency to spend way to much time focusing on problems, or the tendency to gravitate towards suffering and unhappiness without you being aware of it.

Miracles and magic aren't purchased on demand. They are approached by stillness and silence. Awe and wonder are in short supply for the know it all, but abundant in those with the guts to admit they don't know at times, or another way to say this; is one who is willing to leave some room in their cup to learn and grow.





Christopher Scott Caiati

Certified Meditation Teacher

Three Jewels Meditation and Yoga Center

5 E. 3rd St., NY, NY 10003

Graduating class of 2021

200 hr. meditation teacher training


Omega Institute

150 Lake Dr., Rhinebeck, NY 12572

“Being Fearless Conference”

with Jon Kabat-Zinn, PhD,

Mindfulness Social Awareness Conference

October, 2017


Sivananda Yoga Ashram

500 Budd Rd., Woodbourne, NY 12788

Yoga and meditation retreats

4 times a year from 2009-2020


The Kripalu Center

7 Interlaken Rd.,Stockbridge, MA 01262

Meditation and Mindfulness seminars


Union College

807 Union St., Schenectady, NY 12308

B.A. English Literature

Suffield Academy

185 N. Main St., Suffield, CT 06078





My name is Christopher Caiati I was born in the Bronx, NY in 1968. I grew up there and in Bucks County, Pennslyvania. I am 56 years old and I have been learning and practicing meditation for the last 27 years. I received my teachers certification from the Three Jewels Meditation and Yoga Center (5 East 3rd Street,New York, NY, 10003) in 2021 after completing their 200 hour teacher’s training program. This program integrates Buddhist wisdom and brain science and their main text is “The Mind Illuminated” by John Yates -a neuroscientist turned meditation master who lays out an accessible, step-by-step toolkit for anyone looking to start-or improve-their daily meditation practice.


I graduated from Union College with a degree in English Literature in 1990. I began working as a filmmaker and photographer as a chosen career after a short time as an advertising copywriter. I worked for 24 years in the film industry on feature films, tv shows and commercials as a photographer, cinematographer, cameraman and lighting technician. During this time I devoted a lot of time to meditatation to keep sane in crazy nomadic business. I first was introduced to meditation by a family member as a teenager and my workshops and training began in 1996 at the Sivananda Yoga Center (500 Budd Rd Woodbourne, NY 12788) The Sivananda Yoga Vedanta Centre is an organization that is run on the principles of selfless service or karma yoga which is a practice to open the heart, as it diminishes selfishness and egoism, and brings the meditation practitioners closer to understanding the unity underlying all of creation. Their efforts are to "practice and teach the ancient yogic knowledge for health, peace, unity in diversity and self-realization." 


It was here that I learned beyond reading the classical paths of yoga and meditation which consist of Proper Exercise (āsana), Proper Breathing (prāṇāyāma), Proper Relaxation (śavāsana), Proper Diet and Positive Thinking (vedānta) and you guessed it! Meditation! (dhyāna).


Other workshops I have taken on meditation and mindfulness have been at The Omega Institute (150 Lake Dr Rhinebeck, NY 12572) which included a powerful workshop led by Jon Kabbat-Zinn called "Being Fearless." Other places I have studied: The Kripalu Center (57 Interlaken Road in Stockbridge, MA 01262).

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Cortisol affects several aspects of your body and is often called the stress hormone. It is important in regulating your body’s stress response.The brightminds meditation practice increases your bodie's ability to regulate cortisol levels so that your response to stress improves. Meditation has been shown in scientific tests to aid the parasympathetic nervous system which is a network of nerves that relaxes your body after stress or danger. Sometimes the PNS is called the "feed and breed" and "rest and digest" system. It also lowers your habitual "fight or flight" response" to stress caused by external and internal threats which take place in the sympathetic nervous system .


DMN -Default Mode Network 

The uncontrollable jumping or "monkey mind" that plays the old records of the mind (called samskaras in Sanskrit).


"Samskaras are not necessarily negative. There can be grooves in the mind which are uplifting and those which bring one down. It is an absolutely scientific process but at the same time the goal is spiritual. It is not sufficient to eliminate the negative. There must be striving to develop love, compassion, a sense of service to others,  cheerfulness, kindness and the many other qualities which not only make one's own life happy but which radiate to others.” "Meditation and Mantras Swami Vishnu Devananda (c) 1978

"When consciousness frees itself from its identification with physical and mental forms, it becomes what we may call pure or enlightened consciousness, or presence. Most humans are still in the grip of the egoic mind of consciousness identified with their mind and run by their mind and falling back to a level of consciousness below mind which is the pre thinking level of our distant ancestors. -Eckhart Tolle "The Power of Now”


Sense Memory

Sense memory is using the 5 senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste to create an emotional reality response. Through the power of the imagination a person can be transported like walking though a portal to a place that effects the mind, body and spirit.
This is founded on Konstantin Stanislavski and Stella Adler -giants in their contribution to the developing truth in acting technique. They saw the potential in using the power of the imagination to access sense memory as a gateway or portal to changing inner states of consciousness.



The importance of neuroplasticity can’t be overstated. "It means that it is possible to change dysfunctional patterns of thinking and behaving and to develop new mindsets, new memories, new skills, and new abilities.”   

Psychology Today. Can We Rewire Our Brains? Making change in the face of fear.

National Library of Medicine

Neurons that Fire Together Wire Together

“You have been taught your whole life to look outside yourself, to parents,          teachers, experts, maybe even gurus, but all you need is already within you. It’s time to wrap our arms around this truth.” (“Journey Into Power” Baron Baptiste


Creating a new healthy habit requires a commitment to forming a daily practice or routine for the brain to change.

The Impact of Studying Brain Plasticity

The National Library of Medicine Feb. 27, 2019 by Pedro Mateos-Aparicio and Antonio Rodriguez-Moreno.

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The Mind Illuminated” -John Yates, PHD (c) 2015

"Journey Into Power" -Baron Baptiste (c) 2002

“Perfectly Imperfect”- Baron Baptiste (c) 2016

“Meditations from the Mat” -Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison (c) 2002

“Journey to the Heart” -Melody Beattie (c) 1996

“Buddha’s Brain” -Rick Hanson, PHD and Richard Mendius, MD (c) 2009

“The Tibetan Book of Meditation” -Lama Christie McNally

“Meditation and Mantras” Swami Vishnu Devananda (c)1978

“The Power of Now” Eckhart Tolle (c)1999

“The Miracle of Mindfulness: A Manual on Meditation” -Thich Nhat Hanh

“Silence: The Power of Quiet in a World Full of Noise” --Thich Nhat Hanh

“The Art of Living” -Thich Nhat Hanh

"The Wisdom of No Escape" -Pema Chodron

“The Places That Scare You” -Pema Chodron

"Mindfulness for Beginners" -Jon Kabat-Zinn

“Full Catastrophe Living: Using the Wisdom of Your Body and Mind to Face Stress, Pain, and Illness” -Jon Kabat-Zinn

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