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From Jerry Seinfeld to the US Army, regular TM energizes, clarifies, and heals mind and body
by Ken Chawkin
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21 December 2014
You don't have to be a wounded warrior returning home traumatized and depressed to benefit from Transcendental Meditation. Even comedian Jerry Seinfeld says his regular TM practice gives him a rested body and a clear mind, and the energy to do almost anything. For Jerry, it's his ultimate work tool for success! Here are two articles about TM's value.
TM is the ultimate work tool for Jerry Seinfeld
New York Magazine's Dan Hyman interviewed Jerry Seinfeld, again, for Vulture: Jerry Seinfeld on the Comedians in Cars Season Finale and Late-Night TV. It's excellent and revealing! At the end, Dan asks Jerry how he stops obsessing about creating his comedy bits and web series, and mentions his longtime TM practice. Jerry's reply beautifully sums up the value of regular Transcendental Meditation practice.
How do you relax when not obsessing over your bits or working on your web series? I know you're a longtime practitioner of Transcendental Meditation.
I'm obsessed about that, too. In fact, that's what I'm going to do as soon as we hang up. I started doing TM in '72, and that's kind of how I recover from doing things that are tiring. It keeps my energy really high. I don't know if it clears your mind. What it really does is it helps your body and mind to rest. They don't really get a good rest in sleep. And this has been studied by virtually every medical school in America these past 40 years or whatever that this stuff has gotten popular here. And if you just look at the medical research of what goes on in the brain and the body in this process, it's totally different from sleep. So forget about relaxation or anything like that: It's the ultimate work tool to me. It's like you have a phone and someone hands you the charger and you go, ''Just try plugging this in and watch what your phone will do now.''
Listen to Jerry Seinfeld talk about TM in other venues posted here.
US Army uses TM to help heal wounded warriors
This article, Transcendental Meditation: A path to healing, is archived on WWW.ARMY.MIL, The Official Homepage of the United States Army. Written by Wesley Elliott, DDEAMC Public Affairs Officer, it first appeared on the front page of The Fort Gordon Signal: Soldiers meditate as alternative therapy.
After nine months of combat in Afghanistan, Staff Sgt. Todd Knauber was wounded. Upon his return home he was told things would get better, but instead they got worse. He was in pain, depressed, taking a cocktail of medications, and didn't know where to turn for help. Then someone gave him an opportunity to participate in Transcendental Meditation as part of his treatment at the Eisenhower Army Medical Center. TM was being offered as an alternative way to help heal his wounds, both physical and mental. It turned his life around. Here is an excerpt from the article.
''I got to a tipping point. Things were bad, but then I was given the greatest gift I have ever received from a stranger. ''Knauber was offered an opportunity to participate in Transcendental Meditation as part of his treatment at Eisenhower Army Medical Center.
Transcendental Meditation was something he had never heard of but it offered him the possibility of dealing with the medications, the nightmares, and the physical and emotional pain.
''It was not a branch for me to grab hold of but rather a taproot under my feet. A stable platform which gives me a moment's respite so I can put my pain into perspective enough that I can reattempt the climb.''
Since he began meditating, there has been a change in his life. He meditates twice a day for 20 minutes and over the course of four months, he has been able to entirely discontinue two medications, Prazosin and Trazadone, and has reduced his Zoloft by half.
In addition to the calm he says he experiences through Transcendental Meditation, Knauber says it has made it easier to manage his physical pain from his injuries.
''I typically have a regimen of several pain medications to manage my physical injuries. Rather than taking a handful of pills seven days a week, I can manage my pain regularly with a few tablets, two to three times a week.''
Others have even told him that he looks like an entirely different person after starting to meditate.
''I am vibrant, I smile, and I look much more grounded. The truth is you can't practice Transcendental Meditation without it positively affecting you. The truth is you can't practice Transcendental Meditation without it positively affecting you.''
—Staff Sgt. Todd Knauber
Doctors promised him through medication and hard work he could potentially heal over the course of years, but since Transcendental Meditation he has moved much closer to achieving his recovery in months.
''At times the troubling thoughts and nightmares come back, but as a whole, the progress is palatable.''
''I feel more in control of my life now, and I'm becoming hopeful about rebuilding and getting better.''
See many more articles on the value of TM for Veterans posted on this blog, here, here, and here. Check out this website to find out more about TM for Veterans.
The David Lynch Foundation brings support and programs to Veterans and their families. Visit their website: Operation Warrior Wellness.
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