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Meditation, fellow veteran help Colo reservist heal from PTSD
by Daniel P. Finney
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26 July 2012
Luke Jensen was in bad shape when Jerry Yellin reached out to him last year. Jensen, a 32-year-old U.S. Army Reserve veteran of the Afghanistan war, was suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Also an Army veteran, Yellin contacted Jensen after reading a profile in The Des Moines Register last year detailing Jensen's struggles. Yellin, a New Jersey native who lives in Fairfield, Iowa, USA, told Jensen he felt the same way after his World War II service. Yellin, 88, had lived with suicidal thoughts and anhedonia—an inability to experience pleasure from usually enjoyable activities—for 30 years until he and his wife, Helene, discovered Transcendental Meditation. 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 Defence.
The technique also helped Jensen make his peace. He and his wife, Abi, both practice. . . . After his first session, Jensen slept better than he had before the war. He felt ''a great weight lifted off my shoulders. It really made me a better person in every conceivable way.''
The pair are bringing their message to more veterans Saturday in Fairfield . . . at the free seminar ''Healing the Hidden Wounds of War'' at the Fairfield Arts and Convention Center. Scholarships will be awarded to veterans and their spouses to learn the technique and practice it for six months.
The event is sponsored by Operation Warrior Wellness, which promotes Transcendental Meditation to veterans struggling with their experiences in war.
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