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Using Transcendental Meditation to train less stressed military leaders: Norwich University President
by Global Good News staff writer
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23 April 2013
A branch of the David Lynch Foundation, known as Operation Warrior Wellness, focuses exclusively on helping veterans, active duty military personnel, and first responders who suffer from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
The most effective technique they have found is Transcendental Meditation (TM), which has been shown scientifically to produce remarkable results with PTSD, with no side effects.
A new video reports on this research and other important aspects of Operation Warrior Wellness that were featured at an event held earlier this year at the New York Athletic Club.
Speakers included Robert Roth, Executive Director of the David Lynch Foundation, who explained more about what Transcendental Meditation is and is not. 'Transcendental Meditation, just as a working definition, it is not a lifestyle. . . . It is not a philosophy of life. There is nothing to believe in; there is no religion.'
Dr Roth explained how the technique works. 'This is accessing an ability that every human being already possesses. . . . It allows the active, agitated thinking mind to just quietly settle to a state of inner calm and peace and quiet. That meditation experience provides the body a state of rest deeper than the deepest part of deep sleep, eliminates stress-related disorders like high blood pressure, anxiety, depression, and wakes up the brain.'
Also at the event, Richard W. Schneider, RADM USCGR (Ret.), President of Norwich University, noting the effect that Transcendental Meditation has on those afflicted with PTSD, explained why it is offered to cadets in training at his university*—America's first private military college.
Admiral Schneider said, 'We know that the David Lynch Foundation can make a difference for veterans who have been injured. . . . so why not give [TM] to [soldiers] before they go on the fight?'
He explained that he equips the cadets who attend Norwich University with all the other skills they need to be commissioned officers. Should they not also be equipped with this stress-relieving technique?
'Wouldn't you want a leader who wasn't as stressed out leading your kid into battle?' Admiral Schneider asked. 'I would. And I've got 15 grandkids and I would want every one of them led by an officer that can control his own stress and be situationally aware.'
* Ongoing research at Norwich University is documenting the benefits of Transcendental Meditation in decreasing stress and building resilience in military cadets.
See related articles:
∙ US: New York City event focuses on treating PTSD with Transcendental Meditation
∙ Transcendental Meditation: Solution for PTSD 'epidemic'
∙ Treating PTSD in the military: Transcendental Meditation works
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