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Transcendental Meditation appeals to military as effective treatment for PTSD
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20 August 2013
Though Transcendental Meditation has become increasingly mainstream since its introduction to the West in the 1950s and 1960s, some may wonder if an organization like the United States military would accept it as treatment for veterans and active duty personnel who struggle with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
This was one question highlighted by a primetime TV news anchor in Washington, DC, during a six-minute television segment on Transcendental Meditation (TM) and PTSD.
The anchor said that although people are more attuned to TM since its first introduction, he still wondered how easily it is accepted by the military.
He asked Dr Sarina Grosswald, director of research for the David Lynch Foundation, 'With the veterans was there a difficulty in getting them to embrace something that seems kind of New Age-y?'
Dr Grosswald responded, 'That's a question that is often asked.'
Though some might question whether meditation fits in with the military, 'actually Transcendental Meditation comes from a military tradition,' she said. 'The military is very focused on training the mind and training the body, but they don't have that union, that yoga, of mind and body. That's what TM brings.'
In her experience, she added, Transcendental Meditation 'actually appeals to the military, to veterans, and even to active duty and cadets'.
The anchor asked James Wilson, an Iraq veteran, about his initial reaction to TM. Far from being turned off, Mr Wilson said, he was interested in what Transcendental Meditation had to offer.
But, he added, 'I thought that it would be too good to be true. All the research sounded amazing.'
His skepticism was not warranted, though. 'My experience of learning [Transcendental Meditation] was very profound,' Mr Wilson explained.
'And it has helped you?' the anchor asked.
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