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Veterans to Learn Meditation

Veterans to Learn Meditation

Filmmaker David Lynch has donated one million dollars for the teaching of meditation to U.S. military veterans. About 20-30% of Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans suffer from PTSD. Some also suffer from depression and substance abuse related to PTSD.

Called ‘Operation Warrior Wellness’, the project aims to teach meditation to 10,000 veterans. Meditation has already been recognized by the military as having a healing potential for PTSD. One Iraq War veteran who tried meditation said, “From the first time I did it, I knew it was what I would do for the rest of my life. It was the first time I felt quiet in my mind for five years.” (Source: ABCNEWS)

A study partly funded by the Department of Defense found meditation training prior to battle could also benefit soldiers. The study of 48 soldiers found those who participated in an eight week mindfulness course before deployment in Iraq, had better moods, memory, and emotional awareness than the ones without the training.

Lynch has been meditating for decades, and is a Transcendental Meditation enthusiast. “With meditation, we have a treasure within. We get happier, and things get very, very good,” he said at the Operation Warrior Wellness press conference. (Source: MindBodyGreen.com)

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12:31AM PDT on Oct 13, 2012

Excellent article.

3:24PM PDT on Aug 7, 2012

Thank you for sharing.

7:16AM PDT on Jul 6, 2012

interesting

12:32PM PST on Dec 28, 2011

If this can help cure PTSD, then I say--go for it. The only question is can it be taught to dogs too. After all, the way I understand it. Many war dogs are also returning from the service with PTSD along with the human soldiers.

11:31AM PST on Dec 12, 2011

TM is a wonderful tool to help relieve stress and the symptoms from PTSD - I have found great relief this way. The more troops that learn TM the better.

5:34PM PST on Dec 10, 2011

cool I like this...it is also a reminder to calm my mind with a little meditation. Everything and anything that will help people. I'm so glad someone has donated for this type of training.

12:42AM PST on Dec 10, 2011

very generous, i hope it helps

11:38PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

This is fabulous! Just in conjunction with this, mindfulness meditation is now also being taught in Indian prisons for the convicts, and apparently it's having wonderful effects!

8:46PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

thanks

4:52PM PST on Dec 9, 2011

Awesome...there are different modalities that can de-stress the body, mind, and soul. Meditation---free and very healing. Go for it!

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