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Transcendental Meditation as an effective treatment for PTSD - Sri Lanka Guardian
by Jerry Yellin and David Leffler, PhD

Invincible Defense Technology News    Translate This Article
12 April 2011

The Sri Lanka Guardian published an article (6 March 2011) by Jerry Yellin* and Dr. David Leffler** titled ''Find the Best Way for Combating PTSD in the Sri Lankan Military.'' In the article the authors cite and link to scientific research showing that all meditation practices are not the same, and that different meditation techniques use different procedures which have different effects on brain functioning.

A new paper published in Consciousness and Cognition discusses three categories: Focused Attention, Open Monitoring, and Automatic Self-Transcending. Techniques in the Automatic Self-Transcending category transcend their own procedure—they take the attention out of thinking, analyzing, controlling, or watching to a state of pure consciousness. The Transcendental Meditation® (TM) technique is in this category.

Different meditation techniques also use different procedures, have different effects on brain functioning, and so lead to different benefits. The TM technique is reported to have a wider range of beneficial effects than other practices, perhaps owing to the experience it provides of pure consciousness underlying all thought activity.

The TM technique turns one's attention inward to experience deeper levels of thought, until one goes beyond active thought and the mind comes to a state of complete inner rest, yet remains alert. There is inner wakefulness and a feeling of calm and peace. This is the state of restful alertness. The brain functions with significantly greater coherence and the body gains deep rest.

For such reasons, the article urged Sri Lankan leaders to conduct a study utilizing a random assignment protocol to investigate not only the present modalities of PTSD treatment currently used by the Sri Lankan military, but other modalities—particularly the Transcendental Meditation technique, which has already been extensively scientifically validated to reduce stress.

* Jerry Yellin is a decorated WWII P-51 fighter pilot and author of the new book, The Resilient Warrior: Healing the Hidden Wounds of War (2011). He is co-director of Operation Warrior Wellness, a division of the David Lynch Foundation, which offers the Transcendental Meditation program to alleviate Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) in returning combat veterans and their families.

** David Leffler, PhD, is Executive Director of the Center for Advanced Military Science (CAMS).

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