Army Stress Relief by Nitaai Meditation
Importance of army men to the nation
The army is the pulse of the country. The crucial responsibility of the safety of the citizens rests on its shoulders. The nation is able to function and progress effectively due to the brave soldiers who are ready to lay their lives down to protect their countrymen.
One of the most important characteristics of an army man is to be extremely focused, centered and ready for any kind of attack from hostile countries.
They live under extreme pressure and sometimes under very difficult living conditions to protect the country borders. This involves withstanding harsh climatic conditions and isolation from their family for months together. Rigorous training takes a heavy toll on them physically and mentally. Constant rigorous discipline forces them to lead a near robotic life. Due to these immense pressures which can get traumatic and life threatening, the soldiers face various mental and emotional challenges too.
Need for therapy
Armies all around the world have realized that it is very important to incorporate meditative therapies to bring about a balance and harmony for them to able to handle any stressfull situation effectively.
"Many military historians believe battles, even wars, have been won or lost in the warrior's mind, long before any physical conflict is initiated. Learning how to circumvent the debilitating psychological influence of stress requires that we have in hand a way to quantify its influence, in order to gauge the effectiveness of any given procedure to counteract its effects," explained West, who is a Fellow with the American Physical Society, American Association for the Advancement of Science and ARL.
Revolutionary meditation therapies like Nitaai Meditation could guide the army for improving warrior readiness and resilience, as well as reducing symptoms of PTSD.
How can one measure stress?
U.S Army Research, Development and Engineering Command Research Laboratory researchers worked with a team of scientists from the University of North Texas to develop a new data processing technique that uses heart rate variability as a sensor to monitor the state of the brain. Their findings are reported in a paper published in the June issue of Frontiers in Physiology.
Through a new method of processing HRV time series data, the researchers developed a way to measure the change in the level of stress provided by meditation.
Normal heartbeats too have inbuilt abnormalities, with a variation happening in the time interval between two consecutive beats. The heart's natural pacemaker receives signals from the nervous system. This has two major branches: the parasympathetic, whose stimulation decreases the firing rate, and the sympathetic, whose stimulation increases the firing rate. These two generate fluctuations in the heart rate of healthy individuals.
Sound therapy is more effective
A research team compared two schools of meditation and determined that the meditative sound therapy is more effective in reducing stress. They also found that the long-term practice of this vibrational sound therapy has the effect of making permanent the meditation-induced physiologic changes. Moreover, our testimonials show that Nitaai Meditation practitioners show a stronger executive control, that is, the ability to carry out goal-oriented behavior using complex mental processes and cognitive abilities.
Stress reduction is the goal of Nitaai Meditation
Main purpose of Nitaai Meditation has been to reduce stress; which co-relates the Army's long-term goal to mitigate the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.
From a physiological perspective, Nitaai Meditation constitutes a coupling of the functionalities of the heart and brain. The medical community is only now beginning to understand how to take advantage of the coupling of the two to measure stress reduction by applying the methods of science and data analysis to HRV time series.
A study conducted in order to attempt to know factors influencing stress faced by Indian army soldiers. A series of interviews were conducted to collect first hand data from 400 plus soldiers. Exploratory Factor Analysis (EFA) highlights lack of control at work, role conflict, inadequate awareness about profession, workload and job pressure, and indifferent organizational attitude as the major occupational stress in the Indian army. So it is expressly recommended to implement free but powerful techniques such as Nitaai Meditation sound therapy in the armies around the world to keep the soldiers in top shape at any moment of time.
The latest weapon in the armory is actually meditative remedies. Introducing meditation into the army's training curriculum is to equip the soldiers for the extreme weather they have to endure. The innovations come from the Defense Institute of Physiological and Allied Sciences (DIPAS), whose job is to find adequate ways to equip soldiers to encounter adverse terrains, such as deserts, high mountains and under water.
The Nitaai Meditation vibrational sound therapy is expected to help combat melancholia, a common problem at high attitudes.
Experiments have demonstrated physical health benefits by practicing sound meditation. Nitaai Meditation is now being considered for use as an effective remedy to overcome the challenges of rough weather and overcoming trauma of wars.