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CNN Discusses TM’s Effect on Veterans with PTSD

With the rising concern among Americans about the plight of veterans, CNN’s Soledad O’Brien interviewed Russell Simmons and Bob Roth of the David Lynch Foundation about the increasing use of the Transcendental Meditation technique for helping veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Watch this Veterans’ Day CNN news report below.

Excerpts from this CNN report:

CNN’s Soledad O’Brien:

“When did you connect the idea that TM—Transcendental Meditation—could work for veterans?”

Bob Roth of the David Lynch Foundation:

“For over 40 years we have been teaching TM to Vietnam vets and WWII vets, but it’s just been in the past few years that the understanding that post-traumatic stress disorder is a real epidemic that has no conventional solution. “You combine that with the fact that there is now thirty years of research on Transcendental Meditation showing that it’s profoundly effective for giving deep rest and healing the brain and reducing stress, so we got approached by a lot of military people and veterans’ organizations saying, ‘Hey, can you offer TM to our vets.’”

Russell Simmons:

“Learning how to operate from a calm space has got to be the greatest gift that anyone can be get. All your happiness comes from inside. Every creative idea that you have comes from a moment of presence.”

Soledad O’Brien:

“What do the veterans who are practicing TM get out of it?

Bob Roth:

“The research has found a 50% reduction in depression and other symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder like anxiety and sleep disorders.”

Soledad O’Brien:

“It’s doesn’t replace other psychological treatments, does it?”

Bob Roth:

“No. It’s an adjunct therapy, medically sound and scientifically tested. It’s even being used at Norwich University, the oldest private military college in the country. There, the school’s president, Admiral Richard Schneider, sees it as the missing element in promoting resilience.”

Soledad O’Brien:

“What a great gift for Veterans’ Day—to give someone peace of mind and some calmness in dealing with the terrible things that they have experienced.”


Click here to learn more about initiatives to help veterans suffering from post-traumatic stress through the Transcendental Meditation technique.