“It feels like breathing out all the stress of war and breathing in a new life. This program has changed my life. After so many years, I am able to control my mind. I am now ready to face the challenges of life.” - Ahmed Hinoon, Iraq
Ahmed bears testimony to the power of meditation, especially in dealing with post-disaster stress.
Meditation and breath techniques have helped millions across the world recover from different types of trauma:
- Man-made disasters (terror attacks and wars)
- Natural disasters (earthquakes, tsunamis)
Relief from post traumatic stress symptoms such as
- Emotional numbing
- Social withdrawal
- Loss of appetite, angry outbursts
Ms. M, age 48, did not sleep for more than one hour a night for two weeks after the 9/11 attack in the United States of America . She was so groggy that she could not return to work as a waitress.
During the first Sudarshan Kriya* she cried with fear at the memory of how she was breathing while running from the dust cloud, terrified that she would die. After her second Kriya, she slept for 12 hours.
Practice of breath patterns have had profound, and immediate effects on people affected by trauma. This result has been observed in people of all ages – even little children, as demonstrated in the Sichuan Earthquake (China) and in Sderot (Israel).
The Art of Living has been active in conducting trauma relief programs for disaster victims, the world over.
A few instances:
- Trauma Relief to Sri Lankan Tamil Refugees in Sri Lanka
- South Asian Tsunami, 2004
- Russia- Beslan Terror Attack, 2004
- Iraq, since 2003
- Kosovo Conflict, since 2002
- New York City 9/11 Attack USA, 2001.
* A stress elimination breathing pattern, devised by His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar. The Sudarshan Kriya is taught in the Art of Living programs.