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'Relief from the constant anxiety attack': Iraq veteran describes effect of Transcendental Meditation
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28 January 2012
Iraq veteran David George continues his story, describing how through his practice of the Transcendental Meditation program his feelings of constant anxiety disappeared and he began to feel happy and healthy again. Please see Part 1 of this article.
The first time I meditated I experienced this relief from the constant anxiety attack my life had become. When I meditated, it stopped. I just felt completely relaxed for the first time in five years. Since I first transcended,* I knew my life had picked up again. The new sense of awareness that I had after I started practicing regularly twice a day had me ecstatic!
There were a few bumps along the way up, but there was light at the end of the tunnel. With the help of TM as the shovel, I was able to dig myself out of the hole and was able to see sunlight again. I knew at this point I was going to be golden. That is where I am coming from now, a place that is golden, my true self. Maybe that's why my mom always called me ''Tesorito,'' which means ''little treasure'' in Spanish.
I didn't know I had lost myself in the war because I was used to blocking life out—PTSD made my existence very drab. Once I could see what I was doing and feel how it really affected me, the substance abuse began fading away. I started repairing the relationships I had destroyed and started looking toward the future.
Before learning TM, I lived day to day. I never knew what bone-headed idea I might choose which could have ended my life.
But now, after doing for TM two and a half years, I'm grateful to have experienced such lows, which give me perspective on what I now call a bad day—oh, and very grateful that I survived all the turmoil.
Global Good News will feature Part 3 of David George's story.
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* Transcending: The settling down of the mind to experience increasingly refined levels of the thinking process, eventually going beyond the finest level of thinking to experience pure awareness, the silent, unbounded field of transcendental consciousness, the basis of the mind's activity. The Transcendental Meditation Technique allows the individual to experience effortless transcending in a systematic, reliable, repeatable manner.
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