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That peaceful place that is 'the you within the you': Transcendental Meditation helps military veterans recover from trauma
by Mario Orsatti
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6 January 2013
A retired US Marine Corps officer and a clinical psychologist describe the importance of resilience in those serving in the armed forces, a quality which research has shown develops naturally through the practice of Transcendental Meditation.
LtCol. Paul Swanson, USMC, Ret.,
Advisor, Wounded Warrior Affairs
''Meditation and specifically Transcendental Meditation I think has a role with wounded servicemen and women. Because whatever stuff is happening on the surface area of your life, you get under all that noise, and all the storms and all the clouds, and you find that peaceful place that is 'the you within the you'—and that's the thing you tap into.''
Anna Benson, PhD, Clinical Psychologist
''What piqued my interest in TM was all the research that's been done and how incredibly effective it is for traumatic stress. The evidence now is that in combat stress the trauma actually changes the brain so that the ability to self-regulate isn't there. Meditation helps with information processing, helps with self-regulation. Here we have another tool that is fabulous and they can do for themselves.''
''Resilience. That's a word the military is really interested in now. Some of the research that's being done is could we prevent some of this from happening by giving them this resilient tool before they deploy, before they get into these traumatic situations.''
Sgt James Thrasher, USMC
''They don't teach you how to deal with trauma. . . . I think that meditation would help quiet the mind and help you to be more effective in combat and in life and train from the inside out.''
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For more information about the David Lynch Foundation's initiatives to provide training in the TM technique for all veterans suffering from PTSD, go to OperationWarriorWellness.org.
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1. CNN discusses TM's effect on veterans with PTSD
2. ''TM saved my life''—Suicidal Afghanistan war veteran who suffered from PTSD
3. Veterans Show a 50% Reduction in PTSD Symptoms After 8 Weeks of Transcendental Meditation
4. Top psychiatrist speaks about the potential of the TM program for treating PTSD
5. Meditating veterans experience reduced PTSD symptoms
Source: Adapted from www.TM.org/blog
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