Tonight, the David Lynch Foundation and Donna Karan’s Urban Zen Foundation launched Operation Warrior Wellness – New York City, a program that offers Transcendental Meditation to veterans who suffer PTSD. The event was star-studded – Donna Karan and David Lynch were accompanied by Russell Simmons and a video from Martin Scorcese – but it was also full of moving testimonials from veterans who’ve benefited from meditation, as well as doctors and researchers who testified to the effectiveness of TM for relieving stress and anxiety. Statistics say that one in seven recent marines and soldiers suffer from PTSD; the foundation seeks to relieve the severe mental and physical effects.
If you’re not familiar with transcendental meditation and how it can help PTSD, one veteran’s summary was particularly adept:
1. Meditation is not voo doo. It’s a simple way of calming the mind and relieving stress.
2. Meditation is one of the best tools available for relieving PTSD. Simply put, it lessens the recall of traumatic events.
3. To make a real difference in easing the experience of post-war trauma, it takes someone who truly understands PTSD and meditation. This is why the Operation Warrior Wellness program is so effective.
Take a look at our recap of the event, and check out this and other events on Urban Zen’s Livestream: