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From Trauma to Tranquility: Gaining Inner Peace and Resilience
by David Shapiro and Krista Noble
African Warrior Magazine Translate This Article
25 June 2017
In the June-August 2017 issue, African Warrior Magazine reported: Julienne lived a comfortable life in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). [After] dozens of soldiers stormed into their home, everything changed. Julienne was suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Up to 100 million Africans are believed to suffer from PTSD.
Her brother told her about African PTSD Relief, which was offering Transcendental Meditation locally to PTSD victims. It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of world peace.
Within 30 days of beginning meditation, Julienne noticed a profound change: ''In 2008, my world fell apart. It is only now, after meditating, that I am functioning normally again. Before now, I could not sleep for days on end. Now I can sleep again. . . .
''Meditation uplifts me. I am happy to meditate. After I hear of a problem, in my next meditation, right away I feel myself relax and calm down. With TM, things are better. It helped me tremendously.''
A 2013 study of Congolese war refugees suffering with serious PTSD showed that her response was not . . . by chance. (Rees, 2013, Journal of Traumatic Stress, pp. 295-298).
The study, conducted over 135 days, was organized by African PTSD Relief. The organization taught TM to 21 of the refugees. A comparison group of 21 was not taught TM. Within 30 days of practicing TM, 90% of the meditating group had reached a ''non-symptomatic level'' of PTSD. The level remained low for the rest of the study. By contrast, the non-meditating control group did not show any reduction in symptoms.
Col. Brian Rees, M.D., (U.S. Army, retired), the lead author of the study, commented: ''We anticipated improvement, but didn't expect this magnitude of change. The continued improvement at four months also led us to conclude that TM may well be a very worthwhile intervention for anyone suffering from posttraumatic stress disorder.''
David Shapiro, M.A., is founding President of African PTSD Relief, co-author on Journal of Traumatic Stress studies on TM and PTSD and other studies in print, as well as numerous popular articles on PTSD reduction, including one in ''Afro'' [magazine].
Source: African Warrior Magazine, Issue #02, June-August 2017 (excerpts). The magazine is available by subscription; click here for more information and to access the full article and entire issue in pdf form.
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