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UK: Transcendental Meditation brings Falklands war veteran relief from PTSD
by David Hughes
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23 December 2012
At the first benefit gala dinner of the David Lynch Foundation UK, Leighton Stagg, a former British Army soldier who now works as a life coach, was joined by fellow Forces veteran Steve Bindon, who was wounded in the Falklands War. Each addressed the audience of business leaders, government officers, educators, artists, fashion designers, and musicians, describing the great relief they found from severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) through practising Transcendental Meditation (TM).
Please see Part I of this article: UK: DLF gala benefit in London highlights Transcendental Meditation for veterans' PTSD, about Mr Stagg's talk.
Diagnosed with PTSD 30 years after the Falklands, Steve Bindon had reached a point where he couldn't work, couldn't get on a bus, couldn't walk into a supermarket. Then two years ago, hearing about Transcendental Meditation, he took a course funded by the DLF.
''It was like someone turned on a light,'' he said. ''I became more aware, more balanced. I could go out, and for me most importantly, I was painting again.''
Now a successful artist, Steve plans to work with Leighton to spread the word about Transcendental Meditation.
Leighton and Steve thanked David Lynch in person, as the film director connected to the event via Skype from a film festival in Poland where he was receiving a lifetime achievement award. Steve explained to Lynch:
''We don't really want to speak about what we went through, we'd rather forget about it. But hearing how you reached the point where you felt 'I want to share TM with the rest of the world,' we've decided to get through the pain of speaking about PTSD in public so that we can help others who've suffered as we have.''
David Lynch in turn paid tribute to Maharishi Mahesh Yogi, the Founder of the Transcendental Meditation programme, who, he reminded the audience, 'went ten times around the world, teaching in every single place for fifty years, tirelessly getting out this knowledge and teaching this technique.
''Everything I say, I learned from Maharishi.''
David praised the Forces veterans ''who have done so much for their country; yet they come home from battles and have to suffer in silence. They're afraid to say, and they're not encouraged to say, and yet their lives are pure hell.''
Transcendental Meditation, he emphasised, is the key to change all that.
''They get this technique and within a short while they say, 'I've got my life back again,' '' he said. ''It's very beautiful and very profound.''
Source: Adapted from Transcendental Meditation News - UK
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