The Boston Globe published today a major, front-page article about the results of a study on Transcendental Meditation and PTSD (Posttraumatic Stress Disorder) being offered to cadets at Norwich University in Vermont, the oldest private military college in America.
The David Lynch Foundation is funding Norwich’s program.
“It seems like some wacko thing from the Far East but there has been so much research done, including on veterans suffering from PTSD who say they have got their life back again,” Lynch, who has been meditating for four decades, said in an interview. “It’s not a hippie thing, it’s a human being thing.” “It’s like putting on a flak jacket against stress,” he added. “The things that used to almost kill you in the stress department have less power. For a soldier this is money in the bank.”
The meditating cadets at Norwich agree. “At first it’s silly,” said Chandler Camlin, 18, a first-year cadet from Stamford, Conn. “But at the end of that 20 minutes, you feel refreshed.”
“It feels like a whole tremendous thing off your chest,” said Dayne Valencia, 19, of Houston. “You feel so much lighter — like you told the truth after holding back for a long time.”
Read the whole article by Bryan Bender for The Boston Globe. It is also available in the print edition – with more photos I heard.