For the holiday season I am at Ft. Campbell, KY visiting an old friend of mine that I served with in Iraq. Being here has been nice since I am getting a chance to see and experience some of the things that makes a military town a military town. One of the things that I haven’t done in a while is read an issue of the Army Times, mainly because I am no longer in the Army and also because there aren’t any AAFES locations near me to sell them.
Well, as I was reading an issue of the Army Times from 27 DEC 2010, I ran into an article on page 3 of the OFFduty section. To my surprise the Army had written an article on TM and how it has helped soldiers deal with PTSD. There is a new initiative that has been created by the David Lynch Foundation called Operation Warrior Wellness to do just that. Their mission is to teach Transcendental Meditation to 10,000 soldiers suffering from PTSD over the next two years. At a recent event promoting the initiative many veterans who have served in WWII, Vietnam and Iraq have spoken on the benefits of TM and how it has helped them deal with their combat experiences. There were also many celebrities there to promote Operation Warrior Wellness to include Clint Eastwood, Russell Brand and Donna Karan. In another article on an online news website I read a rather powerful statement: “Uniting them was a belief that transcendental meditation, dubbed TM for short, is the cheapest, most effective and medication-free way of healing people who have suffered severe stress in war and any other extreme experience.”
I practice TM every day and I can personally say that it has changed my life. I was fortunate enough to not have PTSD while being deployed to Iraq but I have had other traumatic experiences in my life and TM has helped tremendously in easing the pains associated with those traumas. I am glad to see that there is publicity on this now especially from the Army Times.
To read more on this please check out the 27 DEC 2010 edition of the Army Times or read more at the following web address: http://www.theage.com.au/lifestyle/wellbeing/how-clint-eastwood-keeps-his-cool-20101214-18vy4.html