When you tell a Marine they need to do yoga or meditate, they think you’re the one with the problem. Yet when they understand they had to train their mind and body to respond to combat situations, they must now train their mind and body to relax again, they get it. Stress and anxiety is a big part of PTSD. Learning how to relax plays a big role in healing. They need to take care of their minds, bodies and spirit. Each one connected to the other just as each part of them was exposed to the traumas of combat, all of the person needs to be taken care of.
The filmmaker behind the movies “Blue Velvet” and “Mulholland Drive” is giving $100,000 to launch Operations Warrior Wellness, an initiative to help 10,000 veterans overcome Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and other war-related illnesses through transcendental meditation, which he says creates “professional peacemakers.”
Backed by the likes of actors Clint Eastwood, directors George Lucas and Martin Scorsese, Mr. Lynch will announce the new program next month at a gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.
In 2005, Mr. Lynch started the David Lynch Foundation for Consciousness-Based Education and Peace and since then has donated half a million dollars to help finance scholarships for 150,000 students who are interested in learning transcendental meditation. The foundation has also funded research at institutions such as the University of Connecticut and the University of Michigan on the health benefits of the meditation technique.
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Filmmaker Introduces Veterans to Meditation
The human body is born with the ability to respond to the world they live in. The warrior has been taught since the beginning of time to push on past fear, climate conditions, hunger, thirst and lack of rest. They must then train their body to be able to relax just as they must work to recover the human beneath the warrior.