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Study at military academy finds Transcendental Meditation improves cadets' resilience
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
In a study conducted at Norwich University, America's first private military college, researchers found that practising Transcendental Meditation (TM) quickly increased students' resilience.
'Very quickly we saw a huge shift in increase in resilience,' said Marguerite Meyer, EdD. Dr Meyer is the director of the Academic Achievement Center at Norwich University.
She spoke of a study conducted using two groups—a group of military cadets in training who learned and practiced Transcendental Meditation, and a control group whose members did not learn to meditate. Though the TM group started out a bit lower, it quickly increased in resilience, while the control group stayed level, even decreasing slightly.
Dr Meyer explained that the measure of resilience has proven to be a prescient one.
'This is the same measure that the army uses for its special operations, and it's a determinant as to the success of a young man or woman who is going into special ops.'
Dr Meyer added that, though the researchers were prepared to wait a year to see full results, the increase in resilience happened very quickly. She said, 'This again is a really stunning example of how Transcendental Meditation, after a brief amount of time, has made a huge difference.'
Luke Jensen, a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom, is serious about implementing Transcendental Meditation to increase resilience, but also to decrease the symptoms of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Mr Jensen said, 'I now work for Veterans Affairs and I love helping our veterans. I love specifically helping veterans overcome their struggles with PTSD.' Mr Jensen experienced firsthand the technique's positive effects in overcoming PTSD-related suicidal tendencies. He feels a strong personal connection to the initiative to make widely available this solution to one of the military's most critical problems.
'If this country wants to get serious about suicide prevention,' he said, '[Transcendental Meditation] needs to be implemented. It needs to be an offered option to our veterans, past and present. There are a lot of coping methods out there that are offered to our veterans. This needs to be one of them.'
* Click here to watch a short video about how the Transcendental Meditation programme is being applied to decrease stress and build resilience at Norwich University.
See related articles:
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∙ Transcendental Meditation: Solution for PTSD 'epidemic'
∙ Treating PTSD in the military: Transcendental Meditation works
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