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Military returning from active duty find relief from stress through Transcendental Meditation: 'Like a weight taken off my shoulders'
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6 February 2010
Military personnel returning from active service say that returning with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is a difficult process: 'You just have to deal with it as best you can,' one individual said in a recent video interview. A medical officer in the army said that one can get used to seeing injuries in young American service personnel—'You can maintain some professional distance, but there's still a ''wear and tear factor'' that can get to you.'
Giving an account of his experience, one veteran said that he had known about the Transcendental Meditation Programme for quite some time. He was very skeptical until he realized that perhaps it was something he could try, because he needed something to relieve stress.
'The first few sessions, in the first three or four days [of learning Transcendental Meditation], I was able to sit there and feel myself relax,' he said—'like a lot of weight was taken off my shoulders. [It was] deep rest and that was very surprising, because when I came out I had a lot of energy.'
A medical professional in the army reported that 'Transcendental Meditation has contributed to resilience and strength, and some internal hardiness that enables you to maintain your own internal stability without becoming emotionally numb and unable to relate.'
A 25-year old infantryman is now recovered from PTSD, from which he suffered for over five years. He said that after learning Transcendental Meditation, 'At first the only thing I couldn't wait to do was meditate, because that meant I would not be stressed out at least for twenty minutes [the duration of his meditation practice], nothing would bother me. Then I went from looking forward to only meditating to ''Well, now tomorrow I have a whole day to feel, a whole day to feel angst free.'' '
Transcendental Meditation 'will allow somebody to release the stresses . . . ,' another individual commented. 'My health has definitely improved. Transcendental Meditation has also given me a lot of patience. Other soldiers will get that also, because they won't carry around the stresses of their jobs and their experiences.'
'Only a new philosophy and new efforts, based on new knowledge, will fulfil the age-old dream of the wise for prevention of wars and maintenance of world peace on a permanent basis.'—Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, Founder of the Global Country of World Peace
Maharishi's programme for Invincible Defence, and the value of Transcendental Mediation for the military and for creating world peace, are presented by the International Center for Invincible Defense at 70 Broad Street, New York, USA.
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