The Meditation Effect is a year-long intention experiment intended to prove that focused intention through meditation and mindfulness can change our country. The Meditation Effect consists of a series of experiments throughout 2019 which focus meditators on philanthropic outcomes, such as lowering gun violence, bullying, domestic violence and hate crimes. Each experiment is scientifically controlled, web-based and intended to enlist thousands of volunteers from around the United States. In the pilot experiment, meditators are being enlisted to direct their positive intentions to 3 US cities: Austin, Philadelphia and San Francisco. The meditators are being asked to attempt to lower violence in these cities. Researchers hope to discover significant changes in the CDC gun violence and FBI violent crime statistics compared to the months when the meditators were not focusing their positive intentions.