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Becoming a change-maker
by Supriya Vidic
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25 August 2013
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Supriya Vidic, a US Army veteran who served for six years and was deployed in Iraq, writes that she gained ''a lot from my time in the military. I learned to think on my feet and get things done quickly in high-pressure environments—especially when mortars were landing nearby and my only concern was protecting the lives of the soldiers I was responsible for, even more than my own life.
''I achieved the rank of Sergeant at the age of 21—much faster than my peers. And to top that off I was a girl, so I really stood out. I led anywhere from 5 to 15 soldiers at a time . . . . I learned how to be physically and mentally strong, highly disciplined, and vigilantly alert.
''I was trained to use high-tech equipment as a member of the Signal Corps, but also worked for the U.S. Embassy and was on the personal staff of Lt. Gen. Helmick in Iraq, where I often met diplomats and politicians. I learned plenty of lessons that would be hard to come by in the civilian world.
''However, I would say that the skills I find most valuable in life were not from my time in the military, but from my practice of the Transcendental Meditation technique. My ability to feel compassion and love for another human being—that came from learning TM. And at Maharishi University of Management my heart was nourished, which really allowed me to flower and blossom in ways that I could not have foreseen.
''Since I was fascinated with writing and how it worked in business, I majored in Media and Communications with a focus on writing. This led me to New York City, where I interned for the David Lynch Foundation working in public relations.
''Part of my work involved going out into the field with TM teachers who were teaching meditation to veterans. The transformations I saw in those veterans when they learned the Transcendental Meditation technique were so powerful, so deeply moving, that it created a profound transformation within me as well.
''That's when I realized, I have to be a Transcendental Meditation teacher. That's it. This is where the real work is done. I want to be a change-maker.''
Supriya concludes her story by saying, ''The army taught me how to survive, but with TM I've learned how to thrive.''
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