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Women, violence and meditation: Transcending traumatic stress
by Jeanne Ball
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9 April 2012
On 10 April 2012 The Huffington Post reported: ''Women's History Month closed this year with what I consider to be a momentous event: a sold-out, March 31st conference at New York City's Air and Space Museum, entitled 'Women, Violence and Meditation', hosted by the David Lynch Foundation's 'Operation Warrior Wellness'.'' It is a joy for Global Good News service to feature this news, which indicates the success of the life-supporting programmes Maharishi has designed to bring fulfilment to the field of health.
Writer Jeanne Ball goes on to say, ''CNN anchor Soledad O'Brien was conference chair, in the company of a distinguished panel of women gathering to explore the use of meditation to heal anxiety, depression and suicidal tendencies in women and girls who have suffered trauma. The conference's main focus was the scientific research and ongoing studies into one form of meditation that has proven promising for alleviating PTSD—the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.''
She quotes from a recent Wall Street Journal op-ed by W. Scott Gould, Deputy Secretary of the US Veterans Administration: ''Transcendental Meditation has received substantial attention at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the Department of Defense and the National Institutes of Health.''
After statistics and stories underscoring the shocking degree to which violence against women plagues American society and women worldwide, Ms Ball devotes much of the Huffington Post article to exploring how the process of transcending during Transcendental Meditation may ''help repair the brain's trauma center . . . . the amygdala, which neuroscientists regard as the seat of the fight or flight response''—thus helping women overcome the devastating effects of post-traumatic stress.
''If a meditation technique can allow you to transcend or go beyond thoughts and emotions to experience your own inner essence—the field of restful alertness deep within—it may prove to be a highly effective means to reduce symptoms of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD),'' Ms Ball writes.
She also recounts positive results from the practice, described by women who spoke at the March 31 conference—including Dr. Lois Lee, founder of Children of the Night, a Los Angeles shelter for women and girls; and US military veteran Tara Jones Wise, who said: ''Transcendental Meditation saved my life. It calmed my mind, helped to restore my nurturing nature, restored my femininity and has helped me to become a better thinker.''
''Meditation connects us to a part of ourselves that is all-positive, innocent and profoundly good,'' Ms Ball concludes. ''Deep within us—beyond the subconscious—is the silent, transcendental field of our awareness, which remains untouched by life's negative impressions. From this experience arises a power of reassurance that can pervade every fiber of our being, so that we become whole—healed and at peace with everyone and everything.''
Click here to read the full article by Jeanne Ball in The Huffington Post—which includes a 3-minute video clip of Tara Jones Wise speaking at the recent launch of Operation Warrior Wellness in Los Angeles.
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