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African PTSD Relief: Help for survivors of war through Transcendental Meditation
by Global Good News staff writer
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25 May 2013
A new organization, African PTSD Relief, in partnership with the David Lynch Foundation, is providing Transcendental Meditation to survivors of decades of horrific violence and war in Africa—to help them reclaim their lives by overcoming the debilitating effects of traumatic stress and reestablish their physical, emotional, and social well-being.
New research published last month in the Journal of Traumatic Stress* found dramatic reductions in the severity of Post Traumatic Stress symptoms in refugees from the Congolese civil war soon after they learned the Transcendental Meditation (TM) technique.
Read more about the study: Transcendental Meditation significantly reduces posttraumatic stress in African refugees
'No negativity, no. It doesn't come near me now.
I am a free woman, very free.'
This video was taken of Esperance Ndozi, one of the Congolese refugees in the study. She was interviewed before learning the Transcendental Meditation technique, and one week after regularly practising TM twice a day. The transformation was noticeable.
For more information on the Africa PTSD Relief Project visit http://www.davidlynchfoundation.org/africa.
Transcendental Meditation programme in Africa: www.tm-africa.org
More about the Transcendental Meditation technique: http://www.tm.org.
Funding for the study was provided by the David Lynch Foundation.
* REFERENCE: Rees, B., Travis, F., Shapiro, D. and Chant, R. (2013), Reduction in Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms in Congolese Refugees Practicing Transcendental Meditation. J. Traum. Stress, 26: 295-298. doi: 10.1002/jts.21790
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