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The healing power of meditation
by Krista Noble

New Age Journal    Translate This Article
14 September 2014

Esperance Ndozi, a devoted wife and mother, used to live a peaceful life in Sudan. But everything changed when her beloved husband passed away. ''After his death, [my in-laws] turned against me,'' Ndozi says. . . .

Esperance fled with her children from Sudan to Uganda. Here, she hoped to begin a new life. But the horrors of Esperance's past haunted her day and night. She slept fitfully and wept uncontrollably.

''My mind [was] all the time thinking too much, too much,'' Ndozi says (Nzodi, 2009).

Ndozi was suffering from posttraumatic stress (PTS). Symptoms of PTS include flashbacks, persistent fear, uncontrollable anger, depression, insomnia, drug abuse and more (David Lynch Foundation, 2013). Victims of PTS often become incapable of caring for themselves or their families.

Ndozi was not alone in the challenges that she faced. It is estimated that 100 million Africans suffer from PTS (David Lynch Foundation, 2013). These men and women have experienced the trauma of war, terrorism, violence, abuse or natural disasters.

An Unexpected Opportunity

In Uganda, Ndozi's life took an unexpected twist. A charitable organization called African PTSD Relief ( offered her the opportunity to learn Transcendental Meditation.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is a simple, natural technique that involves sitting with the eyes closed for 20 minutes twice a day. The technique releases stresses from the physiology, creating a unique state of deep relaxation. TM supports healthy, coherent cognitive functioning. The practice is not linked to any doctrine, religion or philosophy (David Lynch Foundation, 2013).

Transcendental Meditation had already proven successful in treating PTS among former soldiers. In a 1985 study, TM significantly diminished the PTS symptoms of Vietnam War veterans (Brooks & Scarano, p. 212-15). TM was shown to be more effective than psychotherapy in achieving this goal.

African PTSD Relief wanted traumatized refugees like Ndozi to benefit from Transcendental Meditation just as the American veterans had. Hoping for an improved quality of life for herself and her children, Ndozi agreed to learn TM.


Global Good News will continue to feature Krista Noble's recent article in New Age Journal about the African PTSD Relief project and research.


Ndozi, Esperance. (2009). African PTSD Relief. David Lynch Foundation forConsciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Retrieved from

David Lynch Foundation. (2013). African PTSD Relief. David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and World Peace. Retrieved from

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