What do you see when you close your eyes? Do you picture yourself sitting near a babbling brook, perhaps fishing or reading a novel? Can you picture yourself soaking up sun on a sandy beach or counting the stars in a dark, clear sky? Maybe you’re starting to breathe a little more deeply and slowly as you envision this serene, picturesque setting. Maybe your muscles are beginning to relax, and any tension you’ve experienced throughout the day is starting to dissipate.
Last time we asked you to picture serenity, we shared six ways meditation will improve your life. These include:
- Stress Relief
- Making Money
- Improved Immune System
- Improved Sleep
- Problem Solving
Today, we’re going to dig deeper. What happens when the images behind your closed eyelids look like a nightmare instead of a daydream? What if the “tension” you’ve experienced throughout the day is a war zone or a natural disaster or a violent personal attack? What if the trauma you’ve had to endure has left you with emotional scars? Thankfully, there is help available. Did you know that daily meditation can reduce traumatic stress, including PTSD? Today, we’d like to show you how.
What Is PTSD?
The American Psychiatric Association defines PTSD as “a psychiatric disorder that can occur in people who have experienced or witnessed a traumatic event such as a natural disaster, a serious accident, a terrorist act, war/combat, rape or other violent personal assault.”
Symptoms of this often debilitating condition may include flashbacks, intrusive negative thoughts, distorted beliefs about oneself and others, anger and irritability, sleep disturbances and difficulty concentrating. “For people with
“It’s a feeling of being out of control,” explains TSgt. Alan Warren, a US Air Force V
How Can Meditation Help?
As a student at MP USA, you’ll have the opportunity to participate in amazing wellness programs such as the ancient Indonesian martial art of Merpati Putih, our Wealth of Health program and our Vibravision classes.
These benefits of MP USA’s programming can help alleviate military combat stress for service men and women after they complete their tours of duty.
There are many ways to enjoy the type of mental massage TSgt. Warren describes. In our Vibravision blog, we’ve discussed five meditation types and their benefits in detail, and our observations about the advantages of meditation are backed by research from the Mayo Clinic and Oxford Academic.
How Can I Get Started?
If you’d like to learn more about how daily meditation can reduce traumatic stress, including PTSD, the good news is you can get started right away.
“Experiment, and you’ll likely find out what types of meditation work best for you and what you enjoy doing,” the Mayo Clinic suggests. “Adapt meditation to your needs at the moment. Remember, there’s no right way or wrong way to meditate. What matters is that meditation helps you reduce your stress and feel better overall.”
Also, if you’re a trauma survivor who experiences flashbacks, Oxford Academic’s 2017 study determined that practicing transcendental meditation (TM) can “reduce PTSD symptoms without re-experiencing trauma.” Additionally, participants in the Oxford study we referenced above experienced such significant psychological and physiological health benefits that a recommendation was made that they “continue regular TM practice indefinitely.”
If you’d like to experience these benefits personally through MP USA’s Wealth of Health and Vibravision classes, don’t wait. We invite you to call 1-866-666-7872 today!