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Spiritual health: Self-actualization increases through Transcendental Meditation

Operation Warrior Wellness    Translate This Article
28 October 2011

Along with mitigating stress levels and improving health, the Transcendental Meditation technique strengthens the deeper aspects of a soldier's personality—his or her emotional stability, contentment, strength-of-self, and self-directedness.

Self-actualization, a concept popularized by psychologist Abraham Maslow, is a measure of the development of an individual's full potential—determining the extent to which an individual has realized his or her true purpose for living. A fully self-actualized person is self-motivated and self-directed—having transcended the desire for peer acceptance.

Qualities of a self-actualizing individual include:
∙ Accurate perception of reality
∙ Acceptance of self, others and nature
∙ Naturalness and simplicity
∙ Detachment
∙ Autonomy—independence of culture and environment
∙ Discrimination between means and ends—between good and evil

Click here for more about Operation Warrior Wellness, including successful results using the technique to gain relief in the epidemic of PTS (post-traumatic stress) among veterans returning from combat.

© Copyright 2011 David Lynch Foundation

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