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The Journey Inward Rewiring Your Brain For Clearer, Calmer Thinking
by Jeff Stoffer in The American Legion Magazine

Transcendental Meditation Blog    Translate This Article
1 March 2020

Bob Ouellette was an explosive ordnance disposal specialist in the Army as terrorism tensions escalated in the post-Desert Storm era. His duties included investigating any unattended briefcase that might blow up .... He spent much of his service time in the Washington, D.C., area, but also traveled the world to protect the president and other top U.S. officials. In a three-week period during the Gulf War, he never knew when any one of the 73 suspect packages he personally inspected would invite death. Such pressure, he later discovered, had a way of rewiring his brain.

''That's an awful lot of calls, an awful lot of stress,'' says Ouellette, now a civilian security specialist for the Department of Defense... I exhibited all those signs of PTSD.'' He was never so diagnosed, but the effect was felt.

Acting on a mantra Ouellette learned in his training as a noncommissioned officer — ''know yourself and seek self-improvement'' — he was issued an altogether different mantra from an ancient practice, Transcendental Meditation (TM), about six years ago. It was a seemingly counter-intuitive approach for a veteran whose specialty required intense, high-stress precision and focus. ''When I found TM, it just enabled me to relax. Creativity, workload — it seems you're able to handle more, do more. And it's not stressful.''...

Click here to read the full article by Jeff Stoffer in The American Legion Magazine. The article also highlights a three-year US Department of Defense–funded study at the VA [Veterans Administration] San Diego Healthcare System, published in the prestigious Lancet Psychiatry journal in 2018. The study indicated that 61 percent of veterans in the program experienced clinically meaningful improvements in PTSD symptoms by using TM.

SOURCE: Excerpts from the original article, which was reprinted in Transcendental Meditation Blog.

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See related articles:
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