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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