Meditation and the Military

 

The two most common types in military use right now are:

 

Mindfulness Meditation- the focusing on breathing and detaching the mind from emotions and thoughts while still observing incoming or outgoing emotions and thoughts. This allows a directed concentration of the practitioner’s mind to a nonjudgmental awareness of the present. It is a technique for growing inner self-strengthening and mental conditioning via peaceful calm.

Transcendental Meditation (TM) is the other. TM is a patented technique of meditation invented in the 1960s by Maharishi Mahesh Yogi while in India and then brought to the US and internationally. Yes, this is the one that gurued the Beatles. It involves a 20 minute session of repeated mantras specific to each student. The idea here is to find the “most silent and peaceful level of consciousness."

Studies show advantages of meditation in respect to the following: physical pain resistance (e.g. a study at Wake Forest University showed that the active discipline of mediation was more effective than applying morphine); decreases stress and anxiety; improves mood, memory boost, emotional regulation, concentration, environmental awareness and decreases depression and mental illness. Lastly, it is cost-effective (i.e. less costly than many options with greater promise potential but in many cases there really are no alternatives, everything else failed).

If you are active duty or a veteran and Meditation has been recommended, feel free to reach out.  I am passionate about sharing the practice and its benefits to those who sacrifice themselves for the benefit of so many.  If you are in the Va Beach area I would be happy to create a custom meditation practice geared toward your needs.  Contact me using the form below. 

 melissa@melissagriffith.org

 

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