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US Marine combat veteran: Transcendental Meditation 'helped me find more peace and happiness', relief from PTSD, depression
by Mario Orsatti
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3 January 2013
A U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) veteran, GySgt Richard Wilson, candidly describes his years of silently struggling with post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, and how practicing Transcendental Meditation brought relief from his symptoms and he began to feel happier and at peace.
A previous article in this series, U.S. Marines talk about the effect of TM on PTSD, includes a video clip in which GySgt Wilson and other U.S. Marines relate their experiences. They learned the Transcendental Meditation technique as part of the David Lynch Foundation's Operation Warrior Wellness.
GySgt Richard Wilson, USMC
''I myself have been deployed eight times and been to combat four times. I was diagnosed with PTSD, depression, and insomnia.
''We fight through whatever problems we have [without complaining], and I did that for many, many years. The trauma that I've seen, the situations that I've been through—you take all of that stuff and you put it in a bag. And we keep filling up our bag with all these problems rather than dealing with them.
''After performing TM, I am able to make better judgments. I find myself opening up more and find more of a balance in a lot of the things I do in my relationships.
''There was a more profound relaxation state while I was doing the TM. I found myself not being on such a high alert, not so agitated with things around me. It has helped me find more peace and happiness.
''My family, my friends and some co-workers have noticed a huge change in my personality—basically that I'm happier, more at ease, more of a well being.''
Global Good News will continue to feature excerpts from this video, in which other U.S. Marines and administrators describe how the Transcendental Meditation technique helps alleviate post-traumatic stress.
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For more information about the David Lynch Foundation's initiatives to provide training in the TM technique for all veterans suffering from PTSD, go to OperationWarriorWellness.org.
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1. CNN discusses TM's effect on veterans with PTSD
2. ''TM saved my life''—Suicidal Afghanistan war veteran who suffered from PTSD
3. Veterans Show a 50% Reduction in PTSD Symptoms After 8 Weeks of Transcendental Meditation
4. Top psychiatrist speaks about the potential of the TM program for treating PTSD
5. Meditating veterans experience reduced PTSD symptoms
Source: Adapted from www.TM.org/blog
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