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Peace Guardians

Peace Guardians is a shared vision of certified educators, parents, community leaders, entrepreneurs and artists that believe that NOW, more than ever, the planet is calling for a new generation of heart-centered leaders. Our team was brought together by a mutual passion for youth empowerment and a shared concern around the problems youth are facing today. We believe the way in which youth are educated is a gamechanger for bringing about true global change.

With the rise of technology, we have seen a rise in social and emotional disconnect. Our education system as a whole does not meet this growing epidemic. The traditional schooling system is based on old industrial philosophies that promote mechanical learning and does not meet each child's unique blueprint and creative expressions. The system as a whole also undervalues its teachers who must be empowered to express their gifts and not pigeonholed to an outdated system that simply no longer serves our collective optimal potential.

We envision a global network of empowered educators that partner together with students. We envision a system that nurtures emotional intelligence and self-development of the whole child. After three years of visioning and beta testing, Peace Guardians has devised three programs that exist to serve as solutions for systemic issues in education, community relations, and youth sports. We believe these issues must be not only addressed but remedied once and for all for a thriving humanity to be realized.

Flow States by Steven Kotler

Your Brain Performs Better When It Slows Down, with Steven Kotler

Best-selling author Steven Kotler discusses hypofrontality -- literally the slowing of the brain's prefrontal cortex -- and how it allows one to enter an optimal state of consciousness, known as flow. As Kotler explains, flow refers to those moments of total absorption when we get so focused on the task at hand that everything else disappears

04 November, 2014

Best-selling author Steven Kotler recently visited Big Think to discuss the optimization of consciousness through flow states, a key topic in his recently published book, The Rise of Superman. The best way to describe a flow state is to use the example of practically every action movie released since The Matrix. Experiencing flow is similar to being in "bullet time." Like Keanu Reeves' Neo (though certainly not on his level), a person in flow obtains the ability to keenly hone their focus on the task at hand so that everything else disappears.

Kotler describes it like this:

"So our sense of self, our sense of self-consciousness, they vanish. Time dilates which means sometimes it slows down. You get that freeze frame effect familiar to any of you who have seen The Matrix or been in a car crash. Sometimes it speeds up and five hours will pass by in like five minutes. And throughout all aspects of performance, mental and physical, go through the roof."

While this may sound like sci-fi hocus pocus, Kotler explains that beneath a flow state lies "a complicated mass of neurobiology." There's a common myth that humans only use about 10% of their brains. If we were to assume this (and we wouldn't, because it's bogus), an optimal performance would then mean the brain works harder and faster to achieve 100% efficiency. As Kotler explains, the 10% myth has it all backwards:

"In flow, parts of the brain aren’t becoming more hyperactive, they’re actually slowing down, shutting down. The technical term for this is transient, meaning temporary, hypo frontality. Hypo – H – Y – P – O – it’s the opposite of hyper means to slow down, to shut down, to deactivate. And frontality is the prefrontal cortex, the part of your brain that houses your higher cognitive functions, your sense of morality, your sense of will, your sense of self."

The prefrontal cortex also calculates time. When we experience transient hypofrontality, we lose the ability to assess past, present, and future. As Kotler explains it, "we’re plunged into what researchers call the deep now."

So what causes transient hypofrontality? It was once assumed that flow states are an affliction reserved only for schizophrenics and drug addicts, but in the early 2000s a researcher named Aaron Dietrich realized that transient hypofrontality underpins every altered state -- from dreaming to mindfulness to psychedelic trips and everything inbetween. Sometimes these altered states involve other parts of the brain shutting down. For example, when the dorsolateral prefrontal cortex disconnects, your sense of self-doubt and the brain's inner critic get silenced. This results in boosted states of confidence and creativity.

Kotler describes it as his mission over the past 15 years to reclaim the study of flow states from "the hippie community" and place it back within the gaze of hard science. While researchers have been studying flow for over 140 years, recent advances in brain imaging technology have led to significant neuroscientific revelations and should lead to many more. Whether or not we'll be able to develop a "Neo switch" so that bullet time can be all the time... well, I suppose it depends on just how far the rabbit hole goes.

Hero's Journey of Optimal Childhood Development: Part 1 by Zachariah Fisher

Hero's Journey of Optimal Childhood Development: Part 1 by Zachariah Fisher

'Don't ask what the world needs. Ask what makes you come alive, and go do it. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.' Howard Thurman

From the dawn of time, man has searched for deeper meaning to how we got here, who we are and why we are here. These sparks of deep unquenching wonders and curiosities have evolved over millennia, but the answers to these burning questions have remained subjective at best. There simply seems to be no cookie-cutter, one-size-fits-all answers to life’s deepest questions. You may ask, what do these esoteric inquires into the nature of life itself have to do with education and optimal childhood development? If life’s deepest mysteries remain unanswered,  let alone the constitutional make up of each unique individual, how can we begin to think we know exactly what and how we should teach our children?

Children are natural explorers, in a fervent exploration to remember the essence of who they are. Their surroundings serving as doorways into the infinite world of wonder for which one can endlessly explore. Why indeed do children desire to explore this world of wonder, what answers do these mysteries hold for them and how can we as adults support them in this uniquely intuitive quest?