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Veterans Find Healing Through Meditation

by Sasha Chinchar
Veterans PTSD Meditation

The Chopra Center, a World-renowned health and wellness center in Southern California, is working with Vetitation, a project dedicated to helping veterans with Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), to help provide struggling veterans with mind-body relief through meditation.

In October, Deepak Chopra himself led a three-day healing retreat for veterans with PTSD. The retreat offered a guided introduction to Primordial Sound Meditation, Ayurveda and Yoga, giving veterans tools to help heal themselves and find peace within.

In addition, medical professionals worked with the veterans to help explain the effects of PTSD to mind and body, and provide them with methods of coping with practical tips and techniques.

“Because I couldn’t process the pain of the past, my body and my health suffered. I tried everything from various doctors to alternative medicine, but wasn’t able to find relief until I started daily meditation,” said Erik Younger, founder and president of Vetitation and a combat veteran who endured his own journey with PTSD. “I felt inspired to do something and give other veterans the same chance to experience this transformative healing.”

A number of studies have suggested meditation can reduce the symptoms of PTSD in veterans. Vetitation raises money to send veterans with PTSD to healing seminars at The Chopra Center, including Meditation Weekend and Weekend Within.

“It is an honor for us to be a part of the healing journey of these men and women who have sacrificed so much for our country,” said Sara Harvey, chief operating officer at The Chopra Center. “We are thrilled they have found peace at Weekend Within, and encourage anyone else dealing with trauma in their life to explore meditation and other mind-body practices.”

The Chopra Center offers ongoing retreats all year long to help provide veterans, along with others, explore meditation and other mind-body practices. Those interested can find more information and register at http://www.chopra.com/live-events/weekend-within/january-2018.

You can also help change the lives of veterans suffering from PTSD through meditation by donating to Vetitation. All money donated will go to helping veterans heal their mind, body and spirit. 

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